The Mississippi State University baseball team concocted a perfect mix of pitching, defense, and hitting Monday to keep its season alive.
STARKVILLE -- University of Central Arkansas pitching coach Kirk Kelley had the easiest job Sunday at Dudy Noble Field. Kelley sent two starting pitchers to the mound in two elimination games and then watched them throw complete-game four-hitters in victories. The second, a 5-2 victory against Mississippi State University in front of a crowd of 10,226, pushed the teams into a winner-take-all game at 7:05 tonight in the NCAA Starkville Regional to decide which team advances to face the No. 6 overall seed University of Virginia in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regionals.
STARKVILLE -- Like it or not, the Mississippi State University baseball team has one more game left at Dudy Noble Field this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball team is one victory away from winning its first NCAA Regional in Starkville since 2003.
STARKVILLE --The summer months typically mean slow numbers for retailers in Starkville. Students are gone for the summer, and retailers and restaurant owners can't rely on football games for expected revenue. Restaurants and bars usually have smaller staffs in the summer, too.
STARKVILLE -- University of Central Arkansas baseball coach Allen Gum hanged a picture of professional baseball great Jackie Robinson in the team's locker room when he took over the program three years ago. The idea was simple: Gum wanted his players to do what hadn't been done before at the school.
STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference wasn't feeling too strong about its contingent of teams after the first afternoon of NCAA regional play.
STARKVILLE -- Survival can come in several forms. On Friday night in front of 11,102 nervous fans at Dudy Noble Field, the Mississippi State University baseball team found survival and turned it into exhilaration thanks to a 3-6-4 double play. The defensive gem came in the top of the sixth inning on a wheel play call in which infielders rotate to their right. MSU sophomore first baseman Wes Rea, who started the improbable double play, then had a run-scoring single in a three-run uprising in the bottom half of the inning that propelled MSU to a 5-3 victory against the University of Central Arkansas in the second game of the day at the Starkville Regional.
DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference held one of its shortest business meetings in league history Friday. The powerful conference wrapped up its annual spring meetings with presidents and chancellors not taking a single vote, quite possibly the first time that's happened in the league's 80-year history.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bobby Wahl did what he did all year Saturday, keeping his opponent in check until the offense clicked. The University of Mississippi baseball team used seven strong innings from Wahl and a 4-for-5 day by Austin Anderson to beat Binghamton University 8-4 in an elimination game at the NCAA Raleigh Regional at North Carolina State University.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The University of Alabama baseball team held on for a 3-2 victory against Savannah State University in an elimination game in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Alabama will play today against Troy University, which lost to Florida State University 11-0 on Saturday, at 11:05 a.m. today. If Alabama wins, it will play again at 4 p.m. today.
STARKVILLE -- There's no time to think about tomorrow. Once the first pitch is thrown today at the NCAA Starkville Regional, Mississippi State University, the University of South Alabama, Mercer University, and the University of Central Arkansas won't save anything for the future because two losses in college baseball's postseason earns you a trip home.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time since leaving Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Anthony Izzio will get a chance to pitch in his home state.
STARKVILLE -- On many college campuses, school officials are excited when Memorial Day rolls around.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike a lot of the members in the Mississippi State University locker room, Myles Gentry has great memories from playing the University of Central Arkansas this season.
STARKVILLE -- Kendall Graveman will get the honor of throwing the first pitch in Mississippi State University's first NCAA regional in 10 years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen simply shook his head last year with his starting sophomore shortstop not getting an all-conference honor.
STARKVILLE -- Hosting regionals at Dudy Noble Field is not only expected by the Mississippi State University fan base but it's a makeshift family affair.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball coaching staff won't have to look far into the archives for scouting material on its regional opponents.
STARKVILLE -- The one question surrounding the Mississippi State University baseball program is the health status of junior center fielder C.T. Bradford.
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