Mississippi State softball proves mettle in crucial SEC road series against Arkansas

On the road against a ranked foe, Samantha Ricketts and the Mississippi State Bulldogs THRIVED when facing the Arkansas Razorbacks. Here's what we can learn from the impressive series victory.

2022 NCAA Division I Women's Softball Championship
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No. 1: MSU really proved how versatile it can be

Look, we got to see firsthand just how much offensive firepower this team has, but we also got to see the Bulldogs go toe-to-toe in a pitching duel with a ranked opponent who is incredibly talented. MSU didn’t win that pitcher’s duel, but still, the Bulldogs showcased their ability to compete in one.

On top of that, we also got to see the Bulldogs demonstrate their depth and resilience. In game one, Miss. State managed to stage an impressive comeback as they put up four runs in the seventh inning to secure a road win of a tough road series. 

Game three saw a clearly dominant offensive display as Mississippi State run-ruled the Razorbacks in five innings by a score of 15-7. The Bulldogs launched four home runs and Ella Wesolowski's grand slam really served as an exclamation point for the Bulldogs. 

This sort of offensive firepower and depth will be crucial as the Bulldogs navigate a challenging SEC schedule. It’ll also be crucial for MSU to win games when they can’t score runs for much of the contest. And the ability to bounce back from a sluggish offensive performance in game two? Well, that’s pretty important to have as well. 

Miss. State looked pretty versatile and capable over the weekend. Let’s see if that continues at home when Florida comes to town.