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MSU notebook: Mitchell struggles early; Randall atones for loss in Starkville

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Evan Mitchell's hot-hand turned ice cold Friday against the Florida Gators. The Mississippi State freshman right-hander had the worst start of his career in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville, giving up seven earned runs on five hits in just two innings of work in MSU's 11-1 loss to Florida. Mitchell walked two and struck out three on 43 pitches.


Florida blasts Bulldogs 11-1 in Super Regional opener

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team entered its NCAA Super Regional series against Florida brimming with confidence. Even though they'd lost three of four against the No. 2-ranked Gators, a pair of two-run defeats to Florida and a flawless regional round against the Gators gave players and coaches the sense that there wasn't much separating the two teams -- if they played a perfect game. Friday, after an 11-1 loss that mirrored some of MSU's uglier defeats this season, the Bulldogs find themselves one loss away from their season ending.


NCAA Super Regional postgame: MSU v Florida

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 1 of best-of-three series Florida 11, MSU 1 ---Gators have 1-0 series lead heading into Saturday's noon (CDT) start ---Gators are undefeated in postseason play and have outscored opponents 34-1 in the first three innings of NCAA games. ---MSU tied its third-worst loss of the season (fell 17-1 to LSU and 18-0 and 10-0 to Vanderbilt) ---Bulldogs' lowest run total since losing 17-1 to LSU on May 19. ---MSU held to one run or less for the ninth time this season



NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU v Florida

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-23, Swept Atlanta regional) vs. Florida (48-16, Swept Gainesville regional) Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN2 Florida won three of four games against the Bulldogs this season, including a come-from-behind 7-5 win in the SEC tournament. Two of MSU's losses to Florida have come by two runs.



Shepherd relishing another shot at Gators

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jaron Shepherd could have the biggest spotlight of any Mississippi State baseball player during the Bulldogs' NCAA Super Regional against the University of Florida. The senior outfielder is bound to get a workout in right field against as many as five left-handed hitters in Florida's potent lineup, which MSU coach John Cohen calls "the best in the nation."



Fifth time this season vs. Florida the charm for MSU baseball?

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easy to say the Mississippi State baseball team is as confident as it's been this season.



Local coaches mentor next crop of baseball prospects

Posted 6/9/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Team Mississippi held its final practice Wednesday afternoon at Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field before departing for the Junior Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Okla..



Amateur golf tournament starts today

Posted 6/9/2011 in Local Sports

David Bartimus likes a challenge. Starting today, West Point's Old Waverly will oblige when Bartimus and a field of 143 of the state's top amateur golfers will hit the course in the first round of the 96th State Amateur Championship.



NCAA Super Regional notebook: Mitchell's the man for Game 1; MSU hitters expect tougher Randall

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Over the past two weeks, John Cohen has said freshman pitcher Evan Mitchell is the "hot hand." So it was no surprise when he officially names Mitchell the starting pitcher for Game 1 of Mississippi State's NCAA Super Regional against the Florida Gators. In all, Mitchell (6-1, 3.47 ERA) has pitched a total of eight innings against the Gators (five innings in a start in the SEC tournament and three innings of relief in the Starkville series ) and has given up four earned runs on nine hits. That kind of stat line in a start tomorrow would be a welcome sight against a lineup Cohen calls "the best in the country."



NCAA Super Regional notebook: UF's Randall looking for another shot at State; Johnson a full go

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As the Florida baseball team's Friday starter, Hudson Randall isn't used to having bad starts. The sophomore right-hander, who was a freshman All-American last season, leads Florida's starters with a 2.38 ERA and is 9-3 on the season. There's one start he's still ruing over: his loss at Mississippi State.



Bulldogs track preparing for Nationals

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's been a season of setbacks and diminished buzz for the Mississippi State men's track team.



Bullldogs plan to keep swinging vs. Florida

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Don't take the foot off the pedal.



Mississippi State notebook: Bradford leading freshman class

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - To reach a NCAA Super Regional, freshmen must grow up over the course of the season. C.T. Bradford, one of several Mississippi State freshmen to contribute to MSU's turnaround season, is the only one to make an impact as an everyday player.



Ole Miss track to send 16 to Nationals

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Mississippi and University of Alabama track and field teams will kick off competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today.



Timing right for MSU's Routt

Posted 6/7/2011 in College Sports

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.



Johnson rallies for win at Magnolia

Posted 6/7/2011 in Local Sports

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.



Times set for MSU-Florida Super Regional

Posted 6/7/2011 in College Sports

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.



Simply Super: MSU beats Georgia Tech to advance

Posted 6/6/2011 in College Sports

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.



WLHS product Devin Malone attracting attention for MLB draft

Posted 6/6/2011 in College Sports

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.



Alabama will try to rally vs. Florida State

Posted 6/6/2011 in College Sports

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.



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