April 4, 2012 5:13:07 PM
STARKVILLE - Without further ado:
Item No. 1 - Mississippi State baseball news -
Baseball America has released its first college baseball Regional projections and has Mississippi State University (18-11, 3-6) as a two-seed in a regional hosted by Texas A&M University - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/news/2012/2613222.html
I asked Baseball America national writer Aaron Fitt about the Bulldogs chances to make it back-to-back postseason appearances.
"Oh sure, I still have faith," Faith said. "They're finally getting healthy -- it's too early to fret about an RPI in the 30s and a 3-6 conference record. The schedule will lighten up a bit with Tennessee, Alabama & Vandy still to come. And I believe a healthy MSU can still be very dangerous."
MSU will host Vanderbilt this weekend starting with a 6:30 p.m. Friday start at Dudy Noble Field.
Item No. 2 - Mississippi State football news -
Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is starting to fly up the National Football League draft board by professional executives.
According to ESPN.com, Cox was in Dallas today to visit with the Cowboys staff today - http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4691441/mississippi-states-fletcher-cox-visiting-cowboys
ESPN.com draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., has Cox projected to go to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 15th overall selection. Mobile (Ala.) Press Register reporter Mike Herndon agrees with Kiper that the Eagles will take Cox.
Cox has told The Dispatch he will have at least 15 friends and family members with him to New York City for the 2012 NFL Draft this April.
Item No. 3 - Mississippi State football news -
Wide receiver prospect Brandon Wells (Bogue Chitto, Miss.) has verbally committed to MSU.
"Brandon committed to Mississippi State last night ," Bogue Chitto coach Gareth Sartin said to ESPN.com. "He seemed to really like it when he went up there last fall for a few games. It's also very convenient for his family to come see him play. They all love it. And he fits their offense. He plays in an open style offense right now."
Wells, 6-foot and 180 pound prospect, apparently expects to do a little bit of everything including making an impact in the return game.
Item No. 4 - Mississippi State softball news -
Due to the potential for rain and severe thunderstorms, Mississippi State's softball game against Southern Miss Wednesday at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Miss., has been canceled.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to a three-game Southeastern Conference series April 6-7 at Arkansas. The Maroon and White will battle the Razorbacks in a Good Friday doubleheader on April 6 starting at 3 p.m., before wrapping up the series with a noon matchup on Saturday, April 7.
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