STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior catcher Katie Anne Bailey said her team's recent West Coast road trip would be a good barometer for the start of Southeastern Conference play. Hopefully, the Bulldogs will fare a little bit better. After a blistering start that led to a national ranking in one poll, the Bulldogs limped to a 1-3 finish on a road trip full of California powers. MSU (18-6, 0-0 SEC) will try to change that momentum at 6 p.m. today when No. 3 Auburn (24-3, 1-2 SEC) visits Nusz Park in Game 1 of a three-game weekend series. The teams also will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. However, rain forecast for today could alter that schedule.
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STARKVILLE -- Jacob Robson's first at-bat of the game was a preview of things to come for the Mississippi State baseball team.
Maggie Proffitt never imagined the difference a month could make. In her first two seasons as a member of the Central Arkansas women's basketball team, Proffitt and her teammates regrouped in July to begin preparations for the upcoming. The final months of summer were filled with conditioning and skill work for basketball, classes, and time to bond with teammates to build chemistry.
STARKVILLE -- Offensively, the No. 15 Mississippi State baseball team gave itself a chance to win Tuesday night. Unfortunately, MSU's bullpen allowed two six-run leads twice to slip away en route to a 16-12 loss to Eastern Kentucky in 10 innings at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- The next step has arrived for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Nearly four years ago, Vic Schaefer took the sideline for the first time as MSU women's basketball coach and surveyed the scene inside Humphrey Coliseum. Instead of seeing a crowd of 1,234 for his team's victory against Houston to open the 2012-13 season, Schaefer saw the potential. He imagined the days when the Bulldogs would pack the Hump and add year after year after year to the NCAA tournament banners that hung from the rafters of the venue.
STARKVILLE -- After sweeping a top-15 opponent, the Mississippi State baseball team doesn't have much time to celebrate. MSU beat then-No. 11 Oregon three times last weekend to cap a 4-0 week. The sweep was one of the best series wins in the country and catapulted MSU nine spots to No. 15 in the latest Baseball America poll prior to the start of Southeastern Conference play. But two midweek games mean the Bulldogs have to move on from the sweep. At 6:30 tonight (SEC Network +), No. 15 MSU (12-3-1) will play host to Eastern Kentucky (7-8). At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (SEC Network +), MSU will take on Oral Roberts (7-7). Both games will be at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware's senior season almost went unnoticed. After the league's coaches didn't name him to All-Southeastern Conference team last week, the Mississippi State senior was named Monday honorable mention All-SEC by The Associated Press.
STARKVILLE -- After watching Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton have success in the first two games of the Mississippi State baseball team's series against Oregon, Daniel Brown wanted his outing to be just as spectacular. Brown accomplished his goal, throwing a career-high seven innings and not allowing a run to lead the No. 24 MSU to a 5-2 victory against No. 11 Oregon on Sunday at Dudy Noble Field. The victory helped MSU (12-3-1) sweep the three-game series. It was MSU's first sweep since 2014 at Auburn.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has shown early on its a much improved offensive team this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team is getting close to the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule. First, though, MSU will play one more weekend against a non-conference opponent that resembles a SEC team. At 6:30 tonight, No. 24 MSU (9-3-1) will play host to No. 11 Oregon (8-2) in the first game of a three-game series at Dudy Noble Field. Game 2 is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, while Game 3 is slated for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. All three games can be seen on SEC Network+.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly 40 NFL personnel watched Mississippi State players eligible for the 2016 NFL draft showcase their skills Thursday at MSU's Pro Day at the Palmeiro Center. Thirty of 32 NFL teams appeared at Pro Day, not including the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, who interviewed Bulldogs last month at the NFL Combine.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Georgia men's basketball team came out a bit too excited Thursday at the start of its game against Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference tournament. After regrouping to build a 16-point lead, Georgia coach Mark Fox said his players nearly lost their minds. Luckily, Georgia had built a big enough lead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some of the back and forth between the Ole Miss and Alabama men's basketball teams had to be seen to be believed as Rebels senior guard Stefan Moody coolly sank 3-pointers to answer Alabama's proficiency from long range. Moody was impressive enough to earn a standing ovation from fans of both schools along with a handshake from Alabama coach Avery Johnson, who lavishly praised the Crimson Tide for teaming up for an 81-73 victory that countered his 39-point performance. Johnson called Moody a joy to watch and fierce competitor but noted, "What I wanted to say was I'm glad that I don't have to coach against you anymore in this SEC tournament."
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland wishes it was January. With the way the Mississippi State men's basketball team has been playing, who can blame him? After MSU lost nine of its first 11 Southeastern Conference games, Howland said the Bulldogs have grasped his lessons and have responded by winning five of their final eight regular-season games. Howland hopes that momentum continues at 8:30 tonight when 11th-seeded MSU (14-16) plays sixth-seeded Georgia (17-10) in the Southeastern Conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
STARKVILLE -- The waiting game continues for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. MSU coach Vic Schaefer doesn't mind that the Bulldogs will have to wait until Monday to find out where they will lay their first game in the NCAA tournament. That's because MSU's fourth-year head coach and his coaching staff have transformed a program that was 13-17 in their first season and hoping to get into the tournament into one that has its sights focused on staying alive in March Madness a little longer.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team held its first practice of the spring in helmets and shorts Wednesday at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex. The Bulldogs worked out for a little more than two hours, and will review the practice today in the film room as a team and by position.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland never saw Quinndary Weatherspoon play live until last June. Hired as the new Mississippi State coach last March, Weatherspoon had already signed with the Bulldogs. Howland had watched film of Weatherspoon at Velma Jackson High School, but the first day of summer workouts was an eye-opener for Howland.
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