Mississippi State Softball

Tallahassee Regional team preview: Howard Bison

It’s time for the 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament! The Mississippi State softball team managed to make it in, landing as a 2 seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The Bulldogs have been up-and-down at times this year as they’ve struggled to consistently play up to their full potential, but Samantha Ricketts’ team has shown that it can contend with some of the best in the country.

The Tallahassee Regional will provide a pretty interesting challenge for the Bulldogs. This is the 17th time the Mississippi State softball team has been able to make the NCAA Tournament, but the Bulldogs have never been able to get into a Super Regional.

Will that change this season?

Learn more about one of the more intriguing teams in the NCAA Tournament: the Howard Bison.

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Howard Bison softball pitcher to watch

Alyssa Vasquez has been solid throughout the season and has managed to hit 7 home runs this year, which is second on Howard’s roster. Vasquez leads the Bison with a .378 batting average and is someone who has the talent to potentially change a game in a heartbeat.

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2022 Tallahassee Regional: Howard Bison softball hitter to watch

Howard has trusted several different pitchers throughout the season, but Analise De La Roca leads the way for the Bison. So far, De La Roca has managed to maintain a 3.05 ERA with 133.1 innings pitched this season. De La Roca also has 90 strikeouts on the year and she isn’t a pitcher the Bulldogs could afford to take lightly.

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Howard Bison softball stats

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  • Overall record: 31-22
  • Conference record: 17-4
  • RPI: 202
  • Team batting average: .303
  • Team ERA: 4.20

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Howard Bison softball coaching record

Tori Tyson was hired prior to the 2019 Howard Softball season and though the Bison have struggled at times, Tyson has done a very solid job of improving her program steadily over the past few seasons. The Bison just won their conference championship and appear to be headed in the right direction as they improve under Tyson’s guidance. This is the best season Howard has experienced under Tyson’s leadership, but it’s reasonable to expect that they will continue to experience success as they improve moving forward.

Learn about the other teams in the Tallahassee Regional by clicking here.

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