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The Winner
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Softball wins 3-2 vs Texas A&M today. Will play Ole Miss on Thursday at 12:30.

Schedule has been modified due to rain. Will probably have more rain delays as well.

Texas A&M has never won a game in the SEC Tournament and Vann has only defeated Texas A&M in the SECT(2-0 vs them, 0-6 vs everyone else).

Thursdays game is big for everyone's future imo.


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Bankshot
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re: Softball
Do we make the NCAA's this year? I know our conference record is bad, but the SEC is really strong overall. I'm not much of a softball follower, but this seems like a sport for which we have a limited ceiling.

But, then again, I remember a time in the early to mid 90's when our women's basketball team was by far the worst in the SEC, but now we have a top 10 program. And, we've had the best team in the SEC for the last two seasons.


The Winner
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I can tell you this. Arkansas, Ole Miss, and South Carolina were all 3 worse than MSU when Vann took over and they have all surpassed Mississippi State. There maybe a ceiling here, but 12th out of 13th consistently isn't it.

And it's not just the SEC. Her Regional record is abysmal which is teams outside the SEC.

Yes we'll make the NCAAs. But we won't host and have never come close to hosting. We just made our brand new softball stadium 3 years ago and we aren't hosting like Tennis or even soccer has done this year(along with the obvious baseball and women's basketball).

I just don't think finishing 2nd to last in the SEC consistently is the best MSU can do in any sport.


Bankshot
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Arkansas, Ole Miss, and South Carolina were all 3 worse than MSU when Vann took over and they have all surpassed Mississippi State.


I'm not defending the coach on this point at all. We definitely shouldn't be any worse than Arkansas and Ole Miss. I'm just not familiar with Mississippi's softball talent as a state compared to say Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. I know that those states have tremendous softball talent, and travel ball in those states for softball is pretty big.


Cdawg
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softball talent as a state compared to say Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. I know that those states have tremendous softball talent, and travel ball in those states for softball is pretty big.

It blows my mind that A&M isn't a regular powerhouse in softball or UT for that matter. They must all be leaving for Oklahoma and other states.


Godawgs4
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Softball beats Seattle 5-3 for a first round win.

Play Washington at 5P this evening. Of course the winner of this game is in the drivers seat.

Go Lady Dawgs!!!!


The Winner
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We have to beat Washington twice. And they only have to beat us once. It's a tall task at their stadium but we'll see what happens!


Godawgs4
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Washington is really good. They showed why they are a #3 seed. Could certainly see them winning it all.

Regional Final for the second year in a row but like women’s basketball, softball drops after the elite programs, the next group (say 15-30) are below the top ten or so.

So where does that leaves us? Competitive but just not good enough to beat the big girls (figuratively not literally). Gotta recruit better to become better than just good.

Good job down the stretch to win some series and right the ship after every thing went side ways mid way through the season.


The Winner
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I think we really need to focus on finishing in the top half of the SEC so we can host a regional.

I agree Washington is really good and beating them over there is hard. This has to be the first year under Vann where we didn't lose to a non national seed in the Tournament and that is progress since Seattle was a solid but not great team to beat.

She's signed a pitcher out of Neshoba Central that is really good. So that'll help.

But we've got to work on our infielding. ESPN was showing a stat that it was among the worst in the country. That cost us some SEC games this year.

I'm with you Godawgs4. Glad to see someone else watching as well and not just blasting me for following "because it's just softball". I just want to see MSU win in everything!


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