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Alexis Silkwood knows a thing or two about Missouri.
With her hometown of East Alton, Ill., being 30 minutes away from St. Louis and two and a half hours away from Columbia, Mo., the freshman lefthanded pitcher for Mississippi State is well-connected to that part of the country.
Silkwood expects to see some familiar faces in Starkville this weekend when the Bulldogs take on the Missouri Tigers in a three-game Southeastern Conference series.
It may be the first time the programs have met since the Tigers joined the conference in 2013, but Silkwood can identify with both schools.
The University of Missouri has acted like a magnet over the years for East Alton. Silkwood said about 10 to 12 from her senior class at Marquette Catholic High School found their way over to Columbia.
"That's one of the big universities they go to," Silkwood said. "Since it's only about two and a half hours away with traffic, that's definitely a very big hot spot with regular students.
"I definitely know a lot of people that are Tiger fans up north. It is exciting because a lot of people follow Mizzou sports, so it's cool to be on the other side of that. They are definitely Tiger fans, but they are also going to pull for Mississippi State softball."
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