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. 3: Mississippi State softball isn’t backing down from SEC challenges

It seems unlikely that Mississippi State will go through multiple SEC series on a regular basis scoring an average of seven runs a game across the series. But, I mean, is there any real reason to doubt the Bulldogs at this point?

This was the second SEC series that Samantha Ricketts and the Mississippi State softball team have managed to claim and it was done in a really impressive manner. The Bulldogs thrived as they faced the Razorbacks and it wasn’t that long ago that they took a road series from the Ole Miss Rebels (it was pretty close to being a sweep, to be completely frank here).

And despite the talent that Arkansas has and the homefield advantage present in Fayetteville, Mississippi State still went out and took this series. The comeback in game one was impressive, but it was even more impressive in the manner in which the Bulldogs exploded to claim game three and the series after dropping game two in a frustrating shutout fashion. MSU showed off its ability to score runs in bunches even when facing deficits.

That’s impressive. And the Bulldogs look really, really solid right now. They sit at No. 6 in the SEC standings at the moment (the top end of the Southeastern Conference is really crowded right now). But, if MSU can keep finding ways to claim conference series like this, they’ll move up in a hurry. This weekend demonstrated that it’s possible.