Bulldogs take on Longhorns in softball
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman, left, greets pitcher Alison Owen as she returns to the dugout between innings. (Photo by Lee Adams)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs have not had very much success against the Texas Longhorns historically in softball.
Texas owns a 3-0 series record over MSU and the Bulldogs have failed to get a run against the Longhorns.
Cat Osterman even threw a perfect game for Texas in a 2-0 win against Mississippi State during the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
It has been nine years since that result and Osterman has long since gone from Austin.
The Bulldogs get another opportunity to knock off the Longhorns today when they meet in the first round of the Lafayette (La.) Regional. The 3 p.m. matchup can be seen by following ESPN3.
MSU brings a 38-19 overall record into the matchup, while Texas stands 33-21.
Even though the Bulldogs have five more wins, head coach Vann Stuedeman believes the Longhorns are hot coming into the postseason.
"Texas is playing some of its best softball right now," Stuedeman said. "They just came off of a College World Series appearance last spring and to start off this season they were struggling to find their identity early. However, I think they've found it and have really settled in.
"They are well-coached and well-prepared. Having to come off of a College World Series appearance last year, I'm sure they are confident of having been there and knowing what it takes to be there and get there again."
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