USA Softball Drops In Polls, Face Mississippi State This Evening
They fell from the #11 spot last week to #15 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and to #16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll.
They look to shrug off last week’s performance and start this week off on the right foot when they host Mississippi State Wednesday afternoon at Jaguar Field. The all-time series between the two is knotted at 2-2 after the Jags won a pair of games last season against the Bulldogs.
MSU enters the game with a 30-12 record overall and a 3-9 record in SEC play while the Jaguars enter with a 30-6 record and 8-2 in Sun Belt play. USA continues to have the best ERA in the nation for the fourth consecutive week. As a team the Jags have an ERA of 0.99 while Farish Beard continues to lead the nation with her ERA of 0.64. Hannah Campbell currently sits fifth in the nation in ERA with a 0.78.
After Alabama’s win over the Jaguars last week, they moved up to #2/3 in the Top 25 polls. They are third in the USA Today poll and second in the ESPN.com poll. Oregon is the top team in both polls but UCLA and UA are second or third depending on the poll.
South Alabama continues to be the top ranked team in the Sun Belt, but Louisiana-Lafayette has closed in on the Jaguars. While the Jags are 15th in the USA Today Poll, the Cajuns are 18th in the same poll. In the ESPN.com Poll they are ranked 20th.
After MSU, the Jags will travel to Lafayette for a three-game weekend series against the #18/20 ranked Cajuns.
The Jags and the Bulldogs will get underway at Jaguar Field at 6pm.