STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nick Routt wasn't sure if the elbow pain that derailed his sophomore season would ever cease. The Mississippi State left-hander had to have surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow. His strikeout pitch, a screwball action changeup that required heavy pronation, was the cause of the pain.
Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson put on a late-race clinic Saturday to overtake David Breazeale with five laps remaining and win the Governor's Cup at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The victory helped Johnson become the first repeat winner of the Governor's Cup.
The NCAA baseball tournament Super Regional between Southeastern Conference rivals University of Florida (48-16) and Mississippi State (37-23) at McKethan Stadium will begin at 11 a.m. Friday (ESPN2). The second game of the best-of-three series will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN). The third and deciding game will begin at noon Sunday (ESPN) if necessary.
ATLANTA -- The game plan worked to perfection. The flawless play that saw the Mississippi State baseball team advance to the title game of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional continued Sunday, as MSU received its first complete-game of the season from left-hander Nick Routt and another early barrage of runs that led to a 7-3 win against Georgia Tech.
Devin Malone's maturation is accelerating. The former West Lowndes High School standout has grown so much as a baseball player he soon might be a professional. Malone and prospects from throughout the country will get that chance to become pros starting at 6 p.m. today when the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft begins in Secaucus, N.J. Round 1 of the three-day event will be today, followed by rounds 2-30 beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rounds 31-50 will be Wednesday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The NCAA tournament game between the University of Alabama baseball team and Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional was suspended because of severe weather Sunday night, with the Seminoles leading 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning. The game will resume at 11 a.m. today.
ATLANTA -- John Cohen understands why anyone outside of his Mississippi State baseball team would label his team "scrappy." The Bulldogs don't have an explosive offense or a stable of dominant pitchers. They're not loaded with highly touted first-round picks. They had to claw their way into the Southeastern Conference tournament and then anxiously await an at-large bid to the NCAA field after going 0-2 in the league tournament in Hoover, Ala.
NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship Game MSU 7, Georgia Tech 3 ---Bulldogs advance to Gainesville Super Regional ---MSU goes undefeated in a regional/district for the fourth time in school history; last time was 2007, when it advanced to the College World Series. MSU is heading to its fourth Super Regional since 2001.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (36-23, finished second in the SEC West) v No. 1 Georgia Tech (42-20, finished second in ACC Coastal) --Bulldogs beat Austin Peay and Southern Miss to advance to title game; Ga. Tech lost to Austin Peay on opening day and followed with wins over Southern Miss and Austin Peay in the loser's bracket. Game time: 6:06 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
ATLANTA -- Jarrod Parks' admitted hitting slump down the stretch of the season could have had a stronger impact on Mississippi State's offense had it not been for fellow senior Nick Vickerson's current hot streak. Vickerson began the season as MSU's leadoff man, and while he managed to score 20 runs through the first 14 games his batting average was just .250.
ATLANTA -- The Mississippi State baseball team never claimed to be explosive.
ATLANTA -- Evan Mitchell's Homecoming couldn't have gone any better.
DESTIN, Fla. -- The cowbell is safe in Davis Wade Stadium for another year.
Kameron Bryan knows he is going to college this fall. He wants to major in secondary education and one day, teach U.S. history -- maybe even coach football or baseball.
Things couldn't have worked out much better for the New Hope High School golf team.
Zac Hallaway shot a low round of 68 Saturday to take the lead in the championship flight at the annual Atwell Atkins golf tournament at Green Oaks Golf Course.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (35-23, finished second in the SEC West) v No. 4 Austin Peay (34-22, Ohio Valley Conference champion) Bulldogs beat Southern Miss 3-0 on Friday to advance in winner's bracket; Austin Peay beat Georgia Tech 2-1. Game time: 6:06 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
ATLANTA -- Pitching. Defense. Timely hits. The formula had escaped Mississippi State's baseball team in the past two weeks, when it dropped four of five games, sweated out the final day of the regular season for a Southeastern Conference tournament berth and went 0-2 in Hoover. Friday, the Bulldogs returned to its blueprint in its biggest game of the season, toppling rival Southern Mississippi 3-0 in a NCAA tournament regional game in Atlanta.
GAME 1 MSU 3 , Southern Miss 0 ---Bulldogs face winner of Georgia Tech-Austin Peay at 7 p.m. Saturday. ---Southern Miss faces loser of Georgia Tech-Austin Peay at 3 p.m. Saturday
DESTIN, Fla. -- The cowbell is safe in Davis Wade Stadium for another year. Today, Southeastern Conference school presidents voted in favor of extending the ammended artificial noisemaker policy by another year to allow Mississippi State fans to bring cowbells in to Davis Wade Stadium and ring them at designated times. MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin wouldn't divulge how the voting breakdown but said there was "overwhelming" support for MSU's longest sporting tradition.
1. West Lowndes wins South State to complete sweep HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Parks likes Starkville Academy's chances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Brock, Buckner push New Hope into Round 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High has big group going to State meet HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS