OKLAHOMA CITY -- The No. 2 University of Alabama softball team had a big first inning that led to a 5-3 victory against the University of Tennessee in its opening-round game of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday evening.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has two baseball coaches who know there's a man in Birmingham they can and will call if they're confused, need advice, or want to talk about the sport they love.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Is it possible for the man in charge of the nation's top softball players to be considered a new kid on the block in one of his sport's premier events? Ken Eriksen fills that role this week. The coach of the U.S. National Team finally cracked the field of the Women's College World Series in his 16th season in charge at the University of South Florida, and the Bulls will make their debut today.
DESTIN, Fla. -- With the addition of the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules. Football coaches are having a tougher time deciding what changes to make.
STARKVILLE -- The statistics have supported the claim that the Mississippi State University baseball team has the best pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference this season. The Bulldogs received some validation to that argument Tuesday when junior right-hander Chris Stratton, of Tupelo, was named the SEC's Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches.
STARKVILLE -- If it's up to Kendall Graveman, he'll start Saturday start for the Mississippi State University baseball team. However, his coaches needed to be convinced, so that's what Graveman did Tuesday morning.
The University of Mississippi baseball team will head to College Station, Texas, for its NCAA tournament regional armed with several Southeastern Conference awards. On Tuesday, Alex Yarbrough, Matt Snyder, and Bobby Wahl were recognized by league coaches on the All-SEC teams. Yarbrough was named a first-team selection at second base, while Snyder and Wahl were second-team selections at first base and pitcher, respectively. Yarbrough also was named to the All-Defensive Team, while Snyder also was named to the Community Service Team.
DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference is looking out for No. 1 -- maybe even No. 2. Football coaches from the recently expanded league were in unison Tuesday that they want a proposed four-team playoff to include the best teams in the country -- and not be tied to conference champions.
STARKVILLE -- In January, Mississippi State University senior pitcher Caleb Reed said this year's team was going to the College World Series.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson couldn't help but worry about what he was asking his catcher to do.
HOOVER, Ala. -- When the Mississippi State University baseball team left for Hoover, Ala., last week the Hall of Champions room had an empty single-standing trophy case in the corner.
HOOVER, Ala. -- A single mound meeting did the trick Saturday.
The mind-set has changed at Pickens Academy.
HOOVER, Ala. -- After the first inning was completed, Mississippi State University baseball head coach John Cohen was going to talk to his starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren.
HOOVER, Ala. -- After nearly every practice, batting practice session, workout and game, Mississippi State University coach John Cohen says these words to the media.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University baseball team continues to beat the odds. In the classic matter-of-fact manner MSU head coach John Cohen used economic logic to describe the reason his team will play for the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament championship Sunday.
HOOVER, Ala. -- It's almost as if Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen knew what would happen and couldn't do anything to stop it. The Bulldogs' fourth-year coach had a strange fear a loss was coming before another game against the University of Kentucky.
HOOVER, Ala. -- University of Kentucky starting pitcher Jerad Grundy was on a mission Thursday afternoon. The left-hander didn't want one of his 104 pitches to cost his team, especially coming off a loss to Mississippi State University less than a week ago.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The training staff for the Mississippi State University baseball team has to get to work as soon as possible.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama softball team used a two-hit pitching gem from Jackie Traina and some clutch hitting to beat the University of Michigan 4-1 Thursday in game one of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional in front of 2,475 fans at Rhoads Stadium.
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