MSU opens tournament Thursday at 5:30 pm ET
Spartans play final game at Secchia on Wednesday
MSU continues six-game homestand
MSU uses three pitchers in tough loss.
MSU hosts Michigan Tuesday, Travels to Ohio State for Weekend Series
The 2017 MSU Softball season kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10. Eighteen Spartans make up this year's team.
2017 | 2018
SOPHOMORE (2018): Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... Made 16 appearances, starting six contests and tossing two complete games ... Posted a 4.77 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44.0 innings ... Made her first start of the season vs. Bethune-Cookman at the FAU First Pitch Invitational (2/9-11), and earning a complete-game victory, scattering five hits against the Wildcats (8-0) ... Picked up her second complete game of the season, a tough loss to Mercer at the Gamecock Invitational (2/16-18) where she allowed just five hits and two earned runs while striking out three and not allowing a walk ... Earned the start vs. Central Connecticut, tying her season best with three strikeouts at the FIU Classic (2/23-25) ... Made four appearances - all in relief - at Cal State Fullerton (3/3-6), earning the win vs. Stanford and tossing 9.2 innings total, striking out seven and walking just one ... Tossed six innings vs. Texas A&M (3/17), allowing just three hits and three earned runs ... Threw four innings against Indiana (3/31), scattering five hits and striking out a career-best five ...
FRESHMAN (2017): Made 33 appearances in her first collegiate season, which ranked 15th in the Big Ten ... Went 8-6 with a 4.25 ERA, recording four saves ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in saves, and first in games in relief (26) .. Her four saves tied for third in a season in the MSU annals ... Earned her first collegiate victory in her first career start, a 5-inning, one-walk, one-hit performance vs. Troy (2/11) ... Tossed one relief inning in a staff outing vs. FAU (2/12), allowing two hits ... Made four appearances - three starts -at the Madiera Beach Invitational, going 2-1 ... Tossed five innings to pick up the win over Villanova (2/17), scattering seven hits and allowing just one earned run ... Went 2.2 innings in relief vs. SIU (2/18), allowing two earned runs and taking the loss, her first of the season ... Rebounded with a victory over North Dakota (2/18), going three innings and surrendering four hits and striking out a season-best two ... Closed out the weekend with 1.2 innings of work vs. Robert Morris without surrendering a hit ... Earned her fourth win at Loyola-Marymount (2/25), going 4.1 innings, surrendering four hits and striking out four ... Threw twice at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational, starting the game vs. UNC Wilmington (no decision after 3.0 innings) and came on in relief vs. Central Connecticut, scattering one hit and one walk over 3.2 innings to earn the victory, her fifth ... Tossed three innings of three-hit ball at Georgia State (3/9) with three strikeouts ... Allowed five hits in a 2.2 inning performance vs. ETSU, allowing two runs ... Closed out spring break with a relief performance vs. Tennessee Tech, going 4.2 innings and scattering five hits, allowing just one earned run ... Started MSU's first two games after the spring tournament season, going 2.1 innings at Notre Dame (March 22) and 2.2 at Purdue (3/24) ... Took on a closer role when the Spartans opened their season at Secchia Stadium, throwing seven innings over the first four home games with just one earned run allowed in that stretch with two saves (3/29-4/2) ... Threw two of three games in relief vs. Penn State, (4/8-9) and earned her third save of the season, recording two strikeouts and scattering four hits over four innings ... Threw two innings of relief at Michigan (4/12), allowing two hits and one earned run ... Appeared in all three games vs. Illinois (4/14-15), all in relief - allowed no hits in two innings in game one, and 2.2 no-hit innings in the finale ... Took the loss in game two vs. the Illini (4/15), allowing three earned runs in three innings ... Tossed her first career complete game vs. Toledo (4/19), a 13-7 victory ... Tossed her first career complete game vs. Toledo (4/19), scattering nine hits and striking out three ... Earned a win, a loss, and a save in the Ohio State series (4/21-23), picking up the save in a 3-2 Friday victory, the walkoff victory on Saturday after 2.1 innings of relief, and took the loss in a 6-2 finale ... Tossed two innings of no-hit relief to secure a win at Indiana (5/8) ...
HIGH SCHOOL: Multi-letterwinner at Heard County High School in Franklin, Georgia ... Won the state championship as a junior and helped her team to third-place finishes as a freshman and sophomore ... Named to the All-Region and All-State teams in her first three years ... Awarded Region Player of the Year as a junior ... Named Offensive Player of the Year and Region Pitcher of the Year following her sophomore and junior campaigns ... Owns school records in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins ... Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman ... Also played varsity basketball, where she was a captain all four years and was named to the All-Region team in 2014.
CLUB: Competed for the Atlanta Vipers under Coach Dickey Vallery in Atlanta ... 2012 PFG National Champions ... Finished in the top-10 at the 2013 PFG championships ... Also competed in the 2014 Atlanta Triple Crown, 2014 Oklahoma City ASA Nationals and the Reno Triple Crown in 2014-15.
PERSONAL: Born June 23, 1997 ... Daughter of James and LaDonna Watson ... Member of the National Junior Honor Society ... Plans on becoming an anesthesiology assistant.