For Immediate Release
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A trio of Mississippi State Bulldogs will take on the USA Softball Women’s National Team later
this month, as Alabama natives Caroline Seitz, Bevia Robinson and Holly Ward will join collegiate softball stars from across their home state in two exhibition contests in Tuscaloosa on July 20.
The city of Tuscaloosa will host the first games on July 20 at 6 and 8 p.m., at Rhoads Stadium. Auburn’s Jane B. Moore Field will be the site of the next two games on July 22 at 5 and 7 p.m. The two Alabama sites represent the only two exhibitions stops on the east coast for Team USA.
MSU’s three representatives join standouts from 13 other colleges and universities to make up the Alabama Stars
roster. Other schools include Alabama, Auburn, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Samford, South Alabama, UAB,
North Alabama, Montevallo, UAH, Troy, Southern Miss and Tennessee.
The Alabama Stars’ Tuscaloosa roster will be coached by Les Stuedeman, sister of MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman. Stuedeman, who this past season reached the 1,000-win mark for her career, will be assisted by Whitney Deaver of Bob Jones High School and Tracy Grinrod of Snead State.
Seitz joins the Stars after wrapping up an illustrious four-year career with the Maroon and White, capping it off with a standout senior campaign. The Birmingham, Ala., native led the SEC in numerous categories en route to earning
All-SEC First Team honors, the first Bulldog to do so since Chelsea Bramlett in 2010. Seitz made her mark on the
MSU career record book as well, finishing tied for second in home runs (37), third in doubles (53), fourth in RBI (166), fifth in slugging percentage (.554) and eighth in hits (230), along with many other top 10 marks.
Robinson capped her first year in Starkville, making a major splash as one of State’s top players during the 2017
season. The Harvest, Ala., native led the Dogs with 56 hits, 41 runs scored, 30 stolen bases and 17 multi-hit games, including a trio of three-hit performances. She finished the year with 0.53 stolen bases per game, standing third in the SEC and 49th nationally.
Ward rounds out MSU’s representatives on the Alabama Stars, as the senior ace paced MSU in 2017 with three
shutouts to go along with a 2.26 ERA, .219 opponent batting average and striking out 91 batters in 114.2 innings of work. Hailing from Haleyville, Ala., Ward tossed nine complete games, including a dominating two-hit, shutout performance against No. 8 Alabama on March 18.
Tickets start at $12.50 for general admission, $22 for reserved seating and $32 for Premium Seating at each location.
Additional events at each venue include a softball players camp, an invitational tournament and Team USA and Alabama All-Stars practices open to ticket holders.
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Source- Mississippi State Softball