People often jump for joy, but Mississippi State’s softball team took that expression to a whole new level on Sunday.
After defeating No. 2 Alabama 4-3 to claim a Southeastern Conference series win on Super Bulldog Weekend, the Bulldogs made good on a bet made earlier in the season with assistant coach Beth Mullins.
It involved a little matter of jumping in Chadwick Lake.
“Coach Mullins has been saying all year if we win a series she is going to jump in the lake,” MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “Last night in the middle of the game, she said 'if y’all make some adjustments I’ll jump in the lake (Saturday night).' After the game, she was supposed to jump in the lake and we were all like, 'no, let’s do it for the real bet.' The real bet is to win the series and she is going to jump in the lake. I think the rest of us just said, 'how can she jump in the lake and us not jump in the lake,' so we just followed suit. It was all her, (and) all her idea. It was well worth it.”
The Bulldogs (32-14, 5-10) victory leap was extra special as this past weekend’s series win marked by the first softball series win over the Crimson Tide (37-7, 15-3) since 2004 and was done so in front of a weekend crowd of 3,584, the most in program history.
“That is an incredible series,” Stuedeman said. “Alabama is ranked two or three in the nation and they are ranked that because they deserve it. They are an incredible team. For us to come out and battle like we did, I am really proud of the players.”
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