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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Zac Houston's performance last week was an eye-opener.
Former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan knew he had a chance to be part of something special.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is seeing some similarities with this year's team to a team from the past.
STARKVILLE -- Southeast Missouri State will attempt to play a professional type of game today when the Starkville Regional opens at Dudy Noble Field.
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.
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 D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers about the Starkville Regional and its teams:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks and Nick Vickerson know the importance of home-field advantage.
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.
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.
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."
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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