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Rooker hits two home runs to help MSU beat Southeast Missouri State

Posted 6/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker got the best of Joey Lucchesi in his first at-bat. The Mississippi State baseball designated hitter jumped on a 2-0 fastball and hit a solo home run to right field off the Southeastern Missouri State ace in the second inning. Before his next at-bat, Rooker talked with Jacob Robson in the on-deck circle. "We both thought he would go breaking ball and try to get strike one on me," Rooker said.



Ole Miss falls to Utah in 10 innings

Posted 6/4/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Hunter Simmons' double to the right-center field gap helped the fourth-seeded Utah baseball team beat top-seeded Ole Miss 6-5 in 10 innings in the Oxford Regional before a crowd of 10,166 at Swayze Field on Friday night. With the game tied at 5 after nine innings, Ole Miss (43-18) recorded two quick outs in the top of the 10th before Kellen Marruffo singled up the middle. Pinch runner Chandler Anderson moved to second on a passed ball to set the stage for Simmons, who was 3-for-4.



Houston looks to ride the momentum of strong start in Hoover

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zac Houston's performance last week was an eye-opener.


Former New Hope star Golsan finds comfort at new position for Ole Miss

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

Former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan knew he had a chance to be part of something special.


Regional Notebook: Cohen sees similarities between 2016 and 2013 Bulldogs

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is seeing some similarities with this year's team to a team from the past.



Southeast Missouri enters regional with SEC comfort level

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Southeast Missouri State will attempt to play a professional type of game today when the Starkville Regional opens at Dudy Noble Field.


Kruger, Lowe earn trust of MSU teammates

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack Kruger wants nothing more than to be respected by his teammates. Coming from Oregon and Orange Coast (Calif.) College, Kruger arrived at Mississippi State in the fall hoping to fit in and to earn the respect of his teammates on the MSU baseball squad.'s Rogers feels Starkville Regional will be 'tough'

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

The top-seeded and No. 4 Mississippi State baseball team (41-16-1) will play Southeast Missouri State (39-19) at 1:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN3) in the first game of the Starkville Regional at Dudy Noble Field. Second-seeded and No. 21 Cal State Fullerton (35-21) will play third-seeded Louisiana Tech (40-18) at 6:30 Friday night (ESPN3) to complete the first day of action in the double-elimination event. Here are the thoughts of's Kendall Rogers about the Starkville Regional and its teams:



MSU adds Florida WR to Class of 2016

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

The Mississippi State football team added another piece to its 2016 recruiting class. Wide receiver Osirus Mitchell, of Sarasota, Florida, committed to the Bulldogs on Wednesday, according to multiple scouting websites. Mitchell couldn't be reached for comment.



SEC coaches want to 'get it right' with replay in 2016

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Steve Shaw has a busy week at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings. He already has met with athletic directors. He already has briefed football coaches. Today, he is scheduled for a session with the media. His presentation might be the most important one of the week, at least in the short term.



Hoover is right place for SEC baseball tournament

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

The Southeastern Conference rarely rushes to make a decision. The league watched patiently as the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences launched television networks. A partnership with ESPN enabled the SEC to launch one of the most powerful cable networks, paving the way for a financial windfall for each of the league's 14 institutions.


Mullen: Announcement about Simmons expected this week

Posted 6/1/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said an announcement about the future of incoming freshman Jeffery Simmons with the program is expected to be made later in the week.


Ole Miss' Freeze 'owning mistakes'

Posted 6/1/2016 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is "owning the mistakes" made during his tenure, which now includes NCAA violations, but said neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong. Speaking at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings Tuesday, Freeze delivered a lengthy, prepared statement and then took several questions about violations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil.



Issue of satellite camps remains hot topic for Saban

Posted 6/1/2016 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Tuesday he wasn't going to talk about satellite camps -- and then he ranted about them. And he clearly got Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's attention.



SEC coaches want to see changes to NFL draft rules

Posted 6/1/2016 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban and Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema would like to see a major change to rules regarding NFL draft entry. This one is far from a slam dunk. The coaches said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings they would like to see underclassmen who leave school early have the option of returning after testing their prospects for the NFL draft -- similar to what happens in college basketball.



Former MSU players know advantage in playing at Dudy Noble

Posted 5/31/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks and Nick Vickerson know the importance of home-field advantage.



Cohen will wait to name starting pitcher for regional opener

Posted 5/31/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With an unfamiliar opponent, John Cohen hasn't decided on his pitching rotation for the Starkville Regional this weekend. Top-seeded and No. 4 MSU (41-16-1) will open NCAA tournament play at 1:30 p.m. Friday against fourth-seeded Southeast Missouri State (39-19) at Dudy Noble Field.



Newman will transfer from MSU

Posted 5/31/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After one season with the Mississippi State basketball team, five-star guard Malik Newman will transfer, coach Ben Howland announced Monday. The former Callaway High School standout was expected to be a "one-and-done player." He went through the NBA Combine earlier this month, but he withdrew before the deadline Wednesday.



Tough regional awaits Ole Miss in Oxford

Posted 5/31/2016 in College Sports

Preparing to host a regional never gets old for Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco. "Each year, you are a little more excited," Bianco said. "In football, there are 105, 110 teams, and more than half of those (around 70) play in a bowl game. In baseball, there are 301 teams. The top 64 get this invite. That is special. I don't think you ever take this opportunity for granted."


Mississippi State eagerly anticipates regional announcement Monday

Posted 5/28/2016 in College Sports

Embarrassing. That was the one word that came to mind for Mississippi State Baseball coach John Cohen and junior Gavin Collins when talking about Friday night's 12-2, seven-inning run-rule loss to Florida Friday to be eliminated from the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Alabama.


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