The #25 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs are hosting a quartet of teams at Nusz Park in Starkville this weekend. The Bulldog Slamboree will feature the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the Lamar Cardinals, the Mercer Bears, the Bearkats of Sam Houston State, and the Alcorn State Lady Braves.
On Friday at 3:30, Mississippi State’s softball team will play their first game of the weekend as it faces off against Lamar University. On the year so far, the Cardinals are 7-6 at the time of writing this. They’ll host Louisiana Tech tonight at 5 in their home stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar will then play against Mercer this weekend before taking on the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State will follow that game up by playing Mercer on Saturday. The Bears are the best opponent that MSU will face in the Bulldog Slamboree as Mercer is currently 12-2 on the season. Before playing MSU, Mercer will play against Sam Houston State and have a double header with Lamar.
The Bulldogs final opponent of the weekend will be Sam Houston State. At the moment, the Bearkats sit at 3-9 on the year and are 1-2 on the road. SHSU is traveling up the road from Huntsville on to nearby College Station for a double header against A&M this evening. After facing the Aggies, Sam Houston State will go up against Mercer and Alcorn State in a double header on Friday.
And though the Bulldogs will not play against Alcorn State, every other team in the Bulldog Slamboree will at some point during the weekend. Alcorn State is currently struggling at only 1-9 on the year.
Through the four games this weekend, Mississippi State will have four solid opportunities to build upon their record with some overmatched opponents. It is possible that Mercer might provide a tougher challenge for Vann Stuedeman’s team, but there’s no reason why Mississippi State can’t get four wins in the Bulldog Slamboree.