STARKVILLE -- Brandon McBride had high hopes last year for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After winning the national title in the 800 meters as a sophomore in 2014, the Mississippi State track and field athlete hoped to win another championship. He had a target on his back, though, and finished sixth.
OXFORD -- Jake Rogers hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to lead the second-seeded Tulane baseball team to a 6-5 victory against top-seeded Ole Miss in an elimination game of the NCAA tournament's Oxford Regional on Saturday. "He threw me a fastball in, and I turned on it pretty well," Rogers said. "I knew he kind of relied on his breaking stuff. He kind of hung one and I got enough on it to help the team win.
STARKVILLE -- Austin Sexton watched in awe as a defining play unveiled in front of him. The Mississippi State right-hander found himself in trouble after giving up a leadoff double to Cal State Fullerton's Scott Hurst in the sixth inning. Hurst pounded the ball off the right-field wall and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jerrod Bravo, prompting MSU coach John Cohen to bring his infield in with a one-run lead. It paid off.
STARKVILLE -- The last two outings haven't been kind to Dakota Hudson. The Mississippi State junior right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings to LSU last week in the Southeastern Conference tournament. On Friday against Southeast Missouri State in the opener of the Starkville Regional, he threw a season-low 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Ryan Rigby and Daniel Brown allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of relief to bail out Hudson and help MSU win 9-5 and advance to the winners' bracket.
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.
1. Sykes' faith leads him to coach at Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Mangum wins SEC batting title COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Former Bulldog Freitas qualifies for Olympics LOCAL SPORTS