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Moore's lawsuit gains support

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.

 

 

MSU to introduce new softball coach

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.

 

 

Devin Jones to sign with Orioles on Friday

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.

 

 

MSU's Tate will try to regain form

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

 

Stretch of Highway 82 named after Bulldog legend and longtime announcer Jack Cristil

Posted 6/21/2011 in College Sports

After logging more than an estimated 1 million miles of travel during his 58 years as voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil will help usher fans to Starkville via the Jack Cristil Highway.

 

Turn pro or stay in Starkville? Decision unknown

Posted 6/16/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If the Bulldogs head into next season with rising seniors Devin Jones and Nick Routt, their pitching staff will be the most experienced its been under coach John Cohen.

 

 

Cohen hopes summer baseball participation continues

Posted 6/16/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If every MSU player comes back from their summer league assignment like Caleb Reed did, MSU coach John Cohen will have 12 players ready to have breakout seasons in 2012.

 

 

MSU baseball survived twists, turns

Posted 6/14/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The twists and turns of a baseball season can prevent teams from reaching their goals, while others can turn a once bleak situation into an unexpected postseason run.

 

 

Home runs help Florida end MSU's season

Posted 6/13/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a two-run lead in the seventh inning Sunday, Mississippi State second baseman Nick Vickerson could smell the midwest breeze of Omaha, Neb. Then, much like Vickerson did Saturday, the University of Florida baseball team changed the game with one swing. Preston Tucker's three-run home run helped Florida regain the lead and send it to an 8-6 win in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Super Regional.

 

 

'Scrappy' Bulldogs make big strides

Posted 6/13/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At the beginning of the season, no one anticipated the Mississippi State baseball team coming within nine outs of making it to the College World Series.

 

 

Murphy leaves LSU to return to Alabama

Posted 6/13/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Sunday afternoon that softball coach Patrick Murphy has returned to the school as head coach after leaving Thursday to take the job as head softball coach at LSU. Murphy contacted LSU officials Sunday to let them know he had decided not to accept the job, and Moore accepted Murphy's request to return to Alabama when the coach contacted him Sunday.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional post-game: Florida 8, MSU 6 (Game 3)

Posted 6/12/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 3 of best-of-three series Florida 8, MSU 6 Florida clinches College World Series for second straight year ---Florida hits a season-high five home runs against the Bulldogs ---All of Florida's runs come via the long ball ---MSU uses eight pitchers after starting pitcher Luis Pollorena is pulled at the beginning of the third.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU vs. Florida (Game 3)

Posted 6/12/2011 in College Sports

---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (38-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-17, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won game 1, 11-1; Mississippi State won Game 2, 4-3 Winner of today's game earned a College World Series berth Florida is shooting for second-straight CWS berth Mississippi State is looking to reach CWS for ninth time and first since 2007 ---Game time (Noon CDT) Broadcast: ESPN

 

Vickerson delivers magic for MSU

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nick Vickerson wanted the chance to be a postseason hero. The scenario was there Saturday in the Gainesville Super Regional: bottom of the ninth with one runner on and a one-run deficit. With his first pitch from University of Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez, Vickerson hit a two-run, walkoff home run to left field to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 4-3 win.

 

Reed stellar in relief for Bulldogs

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Caleb Reed has something you don't know about: A changeup. The Mississippi State closer has tinkered with the pitch throughout the season, but there hasn't been a rush to get the pitch into his arsenal during his breakout junior year.

 

 

Pollorena will start Game 3 for MSU

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Luis Pollorena has had to sit in the dugout this weekend and wait for his shot at the University of Florida during the Super Regional. He didn't draw either of the starts in the first two games and didn't make a relief appearance. Today, his wait will end when the sophomore left-hander will start Game 3 for a shot to send the Mississippi State baseball team to the College World Series.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional post-game: MSU 4, Florida 3

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 2 of best-of-three series MSU 4, Florida 3 Game 3 tomorrow at noon CT (ESPN) ---Nick Vickerson delivers two-run walk-off home run on first pitch from Steven Rodriguez in bottom of ninth. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. ---Vickerson had MSU's last home run, which came against Florida in the SEC tournament. He has 18 extra-base hits in last 22. ---Gators lose first NCAA tournament game of postseason ---MSU's postseason run continues with 4-1 record

 

 

NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU vs. Florida (Game 2)

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

---NCA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-16, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won Game 1, 11-1 and can clinch a spot in the College World Series with a win today Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN

 

 

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.

 

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