STARKVILLE, MS - March 26, 2022 - Mississippi State Catcher/Infielder Mia Davidson (#33) and Catcher/Utility Riley Hull (#4) during the game between the Samford Bulldogs and the Mississippi State Bulldogs in game 2 at Nusz Park in Starkville, MS. Photo By Laura ParsleyMississippi State Softball

Tallahassee Regional team preview: Mississippi State

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 a team that could introduce some chaos in this regional (assuming it plays up to its potential): the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Mississippi State softball pitcher to watch

The Bulldogs really do have a pretty impressive group of pitchers and it’ll be interesting to see how they attack this regional with their pitching staff, but Annie Willis does lead the way statistically. With a 2.73 ERA and 127 strikeouts through 110.1 innings pitched, Willis has shown she has the potential to be really solid against just about anyone.

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2022 Tallahassee Regional: Mississippi State softball hitter to watch

While there are some really solid hitters on this Mississippi State softball roster, it’s impossible to really put anyone other than Mia Davidson right here. Davidson’s 21 home runs and .390 batting average make her a force to be reckoned with. She’s one of the best hitters college softball has ever seen and she’s one of the most productive hitters the SEC has ever seen in either baseball or softball.

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Mississippi State softball stats

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  • Overall record: 33-24
  • Conference record: 10-14
  • RPI: 30
  • Team batting average: .278
  • Team ERA: 3.04

2022 Tallahassee Regional: Mississippi State softball coaching record

Samantha Ricketts hasn’t been a head coach for very long, but she does seem to be showing some potential. Since Ricketts took over for Vann Stuedeman, Mississippi State has continued on with the success that it had been having under its previous head coach. The Bulldogs still haven’t really elevated themselves as a program just yet, but Ricketts has posted a 93-52 win-loss record and this team has made it to its second consecutive regional under her leadership. There’s still some room for this program to grow and improve, but Ricketts has helped develop some truly great hitters during her time in Starkville that dates back to her stint as an assistant coach on Stuedeman’s roster.

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

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