SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Going up against the best softball players in the world, the Mississippi State softball team lost by a score of 19-3 in five innings Sunday afternoon to the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars at South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 in this year’s fall exhibition schedule, while the NPF All-Stars improved to 46-1 all-time against collegiate squads in the three-year history of the NPF Back to School Tour.
For the second consecutive day, senior outfielder Jessica Cooley paved the way for the Bulldog bats, finishing 1-for-2 with a run and two stolen bases. Fellow senior Shelby Fisher and junior Heidi Shape both belted out doubles and accounted for the other two State runs scored. On top of Shape’s RBI double, the other two RBIs came from base knocks by redshirt junior Erin Nesbit (1-for-3) and freshman infielder Olivia Golden (1-for-2).
The Maroon and White jump back on the diamond this Saturday, Oct. 6, for a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Marion Military Institute at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss. From 10 a.m. to noon, MSU will host a pitching clinic, followed by a hitting clinic from 1-3 p.m. Both clinics are open to the first 100 children ages 10-18. For more information on the MSU softball program, follow the team on Twitter at @MStateSB and like the team on Facebook at Facebook.com/MStateSB.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!