TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Mississippi Valley State University softball program will look to avoid getting snake bitten by a hungry Florida A&M squad in a difficult road environment.
What You Need to Know
- Time and Dates: Friday, March 18 (12 p.m.) | Saturday, March 19 (12 p.m. & 2 p.m.)
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- Records: Mississippi Valley State (4-11, 2-0 SWAC) | Florida A&M (5-18, 0-3 SWAC)
- Location: Tallahassee, Florida – University Softball Field
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Mississippi Valley State Overview
Valley is riding high after its back-to-back walk-off winners over Alabama A&M but may come in rusty as they have not played in a week after its Saturday game plus its doubleheader at Ole Miss have been canceled due to inclement weather.
The Devilettes have flashed the leather, been a blur on the basepaths, and making balls in the gaps count as they are third in the SWAC for double plays (0.33), stolen bases (1.73), and triples (0.27) a ballgame.
Shelby Carson is on a hot streak as of late after smashing her first career home run as well as smoking two triples against the Lady Bulldogs last weekend while Keisha White is among the top-five players in the league for doubles with an average of 0.31.
Scouting The Opponent: Florida A&M Lady Rattlers
The Orange and Green have beaten Winthrop, South Carolina State, Grambling, Army, and UIC but were swept by the defending champion Lady Hornets in a three-game set to open its SWAC stint.
In a common theme amongst SWAC competition, the Lady Rattlers rely on stressing defenses with speed on the bases as it slots third in the conference with 1.74 steals per game as well as ranking third for long balls a night at 0.22.
Jania Davis and Melkayla Irvis lead FAMU in bags swiped with 12 and nine, respectively, to place third and seventh in the league.
Brandice Boatwright has battled A’tajua Wren for the best control among Southwestern Athletic Conference hurlers as they have jockeyed for the best walks allowed per seven innings ratio through the first month with Boatwright leading at the moment with a 1.51.
Destiny Cuevas has been above and beyond the best hitter for Florida A&M, hitting .328 with 20 hits, 12 runs scored, nine RBIs, five doubles and three homers.
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