After several anxious days of eager anticipation and baited breath, Mississippi State can finally exhale.
On the back of a strong regular season that saw the Bulldogs finish 20-10 in conference play, MSU struggled in the SEC Tournament, getting run ruled in back to back games. This stumble left Mississippi State’s status as a National seed up in the air right until the very end.
Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Monday’s NCAA Tournament selection show delivered in spades. The festivities started with the Dogs being revealed as the tournament’s #7 overall seed, pairing up with the #10 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
However, before the potential Super Regional Clash, the Bulldogs will have to fight through their own regional in Dudy Noble. The bracket shakes up quite nicely for the hosts, as MSU managed to avoid any fellow Power 5 teams.
The Dogs start things off on Friday with Samford (35-22), a ball club Mississippi State has already defeated this season. Houston Harding led MSU to a 10-2 victory in their first encounter, which appears to be a good sign looking ahead to the weekend.
The other half of the regional features the Atlantic 10 champions Virginia Commonwealth (37-14) , and the Campbell Camels (35-16). Both of these ball clubs have impressive offensive numbers, but neither team has faced much elite pitching. The boys in Starkville definitely have to be grateful for their draw, as they look to start their road to Omaha.
That road starts at 2 PM CT in Starkville as Mississippi State takes on Samford. Southern Slams will be live on site at Dudy Noble Field to cover the regional, and we highly encourage you to stick with us for updates. Playoff baseball is here and we couldn’t be more excited!
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