Austin Braddock is the Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year as much for what he accomplished as what he had to overcome.
HAMILTON -- Being "that guy" often comes with the challenge of getting every opponent's best effort.
Boyd and Branch. Or call them Branch and Boyd.
The Mississippi Brawl Stars are one of the newest sports teams to the Golden Triangle, but with a twist: envision one hour of fast-break basketball on an oval course. Add in the physicality of hockey, the injury risks of water skiing on concrete and the wardrobe of punk rockers.
It's hard to imagine Demi Menotti being quiet.
Mary Nagy can do it all with a smile.
Prep boys soccer: Coaches nominations
STARKVILLE -- If the Bulldogs head into next season with rising seniors Devin Jones and Nick Routt, their pitching staff will be the most experienced its been under coach John Cohen.
STARKVILLE -- If every MSU player comes back from their summer league assignment like Caleb Reed did, MSU coach John Cohen will have 12 players ready to have breakout seasons in 2012.
The Noxubee County and Louisville high school football programs will take center stage this season. The tradition-rich programs will be featured Thursday, Oct. 20, in Macon in the third season of Cellular South's "Y'all vs. Us" television broadcast package.
STARKVILLE -- The twists and turns of a baseball season can prevent teams from reaching their goals, while others can turn a once bleak situation into an unexpected postseason run.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a two-run lead in the seventh inning Sunday, Mississippi State second baseman Nick Vickerson could smell the midwest breeze of Omaha, Neb. Then, much like Vickerson did Saturday, the University of Florida baseball team changed the game with one swing. Preston Tucker's three-run home run helped Florida regain the lead and send it to an 8-6 win in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Super Regional.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At the beginning of the season, no one anticipated the Mississippi State baseball team coming within nine outs of making it to the College World Series.
WEST POINT -- Clay Homan played the teacher. Despite struggling Sunday for most of the final round of the Mississippi State Amateur Championship, Homan kept swinging until his shots -- or his luck -- improved.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Sunday afternoon that softball coach Patrick Murphy has returned to the school as head coach after leaving Thursday to take the job as head softball coach at LSU. Murphy contacted LSU officials Sunday to let them know he had decided not to accept the job, and Moore accepted Murphy's request to return to Alabama when the coach contacted him Sunday.
NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 3 of best-of-three series Florida 8, MSU 6 Florida clinches College World Series for second straight year ---Florida hits a season-high five home runs against the Bulldogs ---All of Florida's runs come via the long ball ---MSU uses eight pitchers after starting pitcher Luis Pollorena is pulled at the beginning of the third.
---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (38-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-17, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won game 1, 11-1; Mississippi State won Game 2, 4-3 Winner of today's game earned a College World Series berth Florida is shooting for second-straight CWS berth Mississippi State is looking to reach CWS for ninth time and first since 2007 ---Game time (Noon CDT) Broadcast: ESPN
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nick Vickerson wanted the chance to be a postseason hero. The scenario was there Saturday in the Gainesville Super Regional: bottom of the ninth with one runner on and a one-run deficit. With his first pitch from University of Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez, Vickerson hit a two-run, walkoff home run to left field to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 4-3 win.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Caleb Reed has something you don't know about: A changeup. The Mississippi State closer has tinkered with the pitch throughout the season, but there hasn't been a rush to get the pitch into his arsenal during his breakout junior year.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Luis Pollorena has had to sit in the dugout this weekend and wait for his shot at the University of Florida during the Super Regional. He didn't draw either of the starts in the first two games and didn't make a relief appearance. Today, his wait will end when the sophomore left-hander will start Game 3 for a shot to send the Mississippi State baseball team to the College World Series.
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