There are no championships or regional berths on the line in the fall, but that doesn't mean this time of the year is any less important for the Mississippi State softball program.
Seven games have been scheduled for the Bulldogs over the next three weeks and coach Vann Stuedeman wants to use those outings to introduce the newcomers to the game at a higher level.
"The biggest thing is to get these freshmen up to speed quickly, get them with the gameplan and system and see how they are going to handle it," Stuedeman said. "We are going to have to use some of them so we're going to have to put them in situations where they can grow up really fast. This league can be brutal so we're trying to put pressure on them in the fall and get them acclimated and nurturing them along. We want them ready to go now rather than later. We don't want them to miss out."
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