I imagine it took her a little while longer than she would have preferred, but Samantha Ricketts earned her first SEC win as the head coach of the Mississippi State softball team thanks to a dominant victory on Saturday afternoon.
Ricketts, technically in her second season leading the Mississippi State softball team, didn’t have a shot to get a win against a Southeastern Conference team during her first year.
Mississippi State rushed out to a 25-3 start during the 2019-2020 season and the Bulldogs were incredibly prolific hitters during that 28-game stretch, but then a global pandemic shut everything down.
And because of that, Ricketts and her Bulldogs never got to face an SEC foe last year.
The 2020-2021 Mississippi State softball season got off to a solid start against non-conference opponents for the Bulldogs, but things have been uncharacteristically rough for Ricketts and MSU once they started facing SEC foes.
This year, MSU got that 25th win by solidly beating the Texas A&M Aggies by a score of 8-1 on Saturday afternoon. That win not only put State in position to win the series against the Aggies, it also gave MSU some life as it fought to hold on and make it into the SEC Tournament this season.
Unfortunately for MSU, the Aggies turned around and closed out that series by beating the Bulldogs 8-1 on Sunday. But there’s still room for a little bit of hope because there’ still a good little bit of season left for the Bulldogs.
While they happen to be at the bottom of the SEC standings at the moment, they have multiple opportunities to grab some more conference wins before the season wraps up. From 4/30 to 5/2, MSU will be facing off against South Carolina.
The Bulldogs then have a double header against Tennessee on 5/5 and then State closes out the regular season with a series against Georgia from 5/7 through 5/9.
So, while State hasn’t exactly done well against SEC foes so far, there’s still some time for the Bulldogs to turn things around. There’s just not much time. And if MSU has any hopes of competing in the SEC Tournament, they’re going to need to find a way to get their head coach a few more SEC wins.