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MSU baseball signee Derrick Armstrong

MSU baseball signee Derrick Armstrong Photo by: MSU athletics



Matt Stevens


Item No. 1 - Mississippi State baseball news - Bulldogs junior college outfielder from Tennessee 




The Mississippi State University baseball program announced the signing of Columbia State Community College outfielder Derrick Armstrong of Columbia, Tenn. 


Armstrong is a 5-8, 190-pound centerfielder currently hitting .403 through 40 games this season.  


"Our goal this spring was to sign an offensive junior college outfielder, and Derrick fits that mold," MSU coach John Cohen said. "He is a great student and athlete with a nice mixture of speed and power." 


The Bulldog signee has helped lead CSCC to a 33-7 overall mark and a conference-leading 18-3 record in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association. A 40-game starter, Armstrong ranks among the team leaders with 54 hits, 40 runs scored, 51 RBI, 15 stolen bases (in 15 attempts) and 18 extra-base hits, including five triples and four home runs. 


As a freshman in 2011 Armstrong hit .391 with three home runs, nine doubles, 22 RBI and paced his team with 23 stolen bases and 41 runs scored. 


"Derrick was the first player that I knew I wanted when I took the coaching job here at Columbia State," Chargers coach Mike Corn said. "He is one of those players that will do something every game that makes you know he is on the field." 


Armstrong was a three-time all-district performer at Columbia Central High School, where he earned all-state and district MVP honors as a senior in 2010. 


Armstrong will clearly be in the discussion to replace Brent Brownlee in one of the corner outfield positions in the Bulldogs defensive alignment for the 2013 season. MSU will have C.T. Bradford back in centerfield for his junior season while also having junior-to-be Hunter Renfroe, junior-to-be Taylor Stark, junior-to-be Demarcus Henderson and sophomore-to-be Tyler Fullerton in the outfield depth on the Bulldogs roster.  




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