STARKVILLE - Rarely has a flyout meant so much to a team.
PEARL -- Mississippi State University baseball fans had the situation they wanted. The Bulldogs' most consistent hitter was at the plate with the bases loaded in a tie game in the fifth inning. Adam Frazier rewarded the optimism of those fans with a two-run single to left field to give MSU its first and final lead Tuesday night.
WEST POINT -- By the time the final holes were played in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championships, the inaugural event already was a huge success. Mississippi State University then decided to give a little extra Tuesday to ensure victory.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard had no idea how much he would grow to love the cones and what they represented. Littered throughout the Starkville recreation field, the cones were defenders or obstacles Howard and his Select teammates had to work their way through with the ball to develop the deft touch needed to move with pace and vision.
STARKVILLE -- For the past two months, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has been telling anybody who will listen that Brandon Woodruff will pitch in critical games this season. In terms of Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and emotionally charged atmospheres, things don't get any more critical than No. 21 MSU's game at 6:30 tonight against the No. 23 University of Mississippi in the annual Governors Cup matchup at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith smiles when he sees the double teams and cut blocks running backs deliver against defensive end counterpart Denico Autry.
Bruce Branch feels blessed. There's no other way for the Heritage Academy baseball coach to describe his feeling when he learned his program would acquire the services of Cody Mordecai. It's one thing to welcome a player back to the team from injury, but Branch had no idea to expect his program would benefit from the transfer of Mordecai, a junior pitcher/infielder, from Clover, S.C.
Encouragement and unity are core components of Ben Moore's philosophy. Those two aspects explain why the Columbus High School soccer coach believes so much in teamwork.
OXFORD -- The festivities of BancorpSouth Grove Bowl Week 2013 begin Wednesday and will culminate with a jam-packed Saturday surrounding the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl (#BXSGroveBowl), which kicks off at 1 p.m. and is free to the public.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads on Monday at the Thomas Drew Practice Fields, marking the ninth practice of the spring.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A familiar name is on top of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man's Garage Weekly Racing Series point standings after Week 2 competition. A second-place finish on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian has put three-time series champion Lucky Keeton, of Toomsuba, at the top of the standings with 98 points.
OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Matt Insell announced Monday the addition of assistant coaches Alex Fuller and Todd Schaefer to his staff.
WEST POINT -- Paced by four scorecards in the top 20, the Mississippi State University men's golf team overtook the University of Alabama at Birmingham on the final hole to claim first place after the opening day of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship.
STARKVILLE -- Just about everything that could go wrong in the fifth inning for the Mississippi State University baseball program did Sunday. MSU, which was trying for its first sweep of the University of Florida since 1989, gave up a season-high eight runs in the fifth frame in an 8-3 loss at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- At first glance, Mississippi State University pitchers Kendall Graveman and Luis Pollorena wouldn't be seen as similar at all.
STARKVILLE -- The first spring scrimmage proved what receivers Mississippi State University quarterback Tyler Russell can trust.
STARKVILLE -- Reagan Hern and Cailee Helen McClain are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Now its time for college coaches to find a way to stop Addie Forbus.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen plans to conduct his team's first scrimmage of the spring at noon Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium as a quiz of his playbook.
STARKVILLE -- The baseball programs at Mississippi State University and the University of Florida don't get along on or off the field. What started as an intense rivalry between the Southeastern Conference rivals has escalated in the past couple of years into a war of words following actions both sides have taken objection to.
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