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TCU beats Ole Miss to force deciding game

Posted 6/4/2012 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brandon Finnegan allowed six hits and struck out seven in seven-plus innings Sunday to help the Texas Christian University baseball team beat the University of Mississippi 5-2 to force a deciding game in the NCAA tournament's College Station Regional.

 

 

New college bats draw mixed reviews

Posted 6/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The reviews are in for the new bats in college baseball, and they're not all positive. The NCAA Baseball Research Panel recommended the new BBCOR formula for colleges after studying an increase in offensive statistical performance in Division I in recent years.

 

 

MSU breaks out to beat UAB

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Mississippi State University baseball teams showed up to Dick Howser Stadium for the NCAA tournament's Tallahassee Regional.

 

 

Bottom of order provides spark for MSU

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The name card made for him by the NCAA had Matthew Britton's name spelled wrong. That's what happens to you when you enter regional play hitting .154. The Mississippi State University infielder did what he has done throughout his freshman season -- turned the joke on himself.

 

 

Samford uses HRs to batter Stratton, MSU

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In what could have been the last pitch Chris Stratton threw in his Mississippi State University career, the ball traveled a little bit further than 60 feet, six inches.

 

 

Cowbells to ring again at Davis Wade Stadium

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

Southeastern Conference presidents and chancellors voted Friday to continue the Mississippi State University cowbell compromise established two years ago.

 

 

SEC teams' penalties for drugs not created equally

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Players testing positive for marijuana in the Southeastern Conference don't face the one-year suspension that comes from getting busted by the NCAA. In the most successful league of the Bowl Championship Series-era, players routinely get third, fourth, and fifth chances before they're booted from the team; failed drug tests administered by the NCAA result in the automatic suspension.

 

 

SEC supports playoff that includes four best teams

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- College footballs most dominant conference has its wish list for a playoff. Southeastern Conference school presidents and athletic directors voted unanimously Friday to support having the four best teams play for the national title in a proposed four-team playoff. The league doesn't want a playoff to include ties to conference champions.

 

 

SEC wants to learn more about concussions

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to learn as much as it can about concussions, ultimately hoping to make college sports safer for student-athletes.

 

 

MSU will go with Stratton in opener

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Let the gamesmanship and second-guessing begin. The debate, at least among the Mississippi State University baseball fans, began Monday morning when the team's name was called on the NCAA tournament regionals selection show on ESPNU: What should MSU do with ace pitcher Chris Stratton?

 

 

Samford eager to show it belongs

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This is the Samford University baseball team's chance to prove it belongs. Samford defeated Georgia Southern University in the Southern Conference tournament to earn the program's first NCAA tournament berth.

 

 

Spurrier moves forward with plan to pay players

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players.

 

 

Alabama beats Tennessee in WCWS opener

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The No. 2 University of Alabama softball team had a big first inning that led to a 5-3 victory against the University of Tennessee in its opening-round game of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday evening.

 

 

Ties bind coaches at Tallahassee Regional

Posted 5/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has two baseball coaches who know there's a man in Birmingham they can and will call if they're confused, need advice, or want to talk about the sport they love.

 

 

More new faces at Women's College World Series

Posted 5/31/2012 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Is it possible for the man in charge of the nation's top softball players to be considered a new kid on the block in one of his sport's premier events? Ken Eriksen fills that role this week. The coach of the U.S. National Team finally cracked the field of the Women's College World Series in his 16th season in charge at the University of South Florida, and the Bulls will make their debut today.

 

 

SEC football coaches differ on scheduling plans

Posted 5/31/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- With the addition of the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules. Football coaches are having a tougher time deciding what changes to make.

 

 

Simply the best: Stratton named SEC Pitcher of the Year

Posted 5/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The statistics have supported the claim that the Mississippi State University baseball team has the best pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference this season. The Bulldogs received some validation to that argument Tuesday when junior right-hander Chris Stratton, of Tupelo, was named the SEC's Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches.

 

 

Graveman expects to start this weekend for MSU

Posted 5/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If it's up to Kendall Graveman, he'll start Saturday start for the Mississippi State University baseball team. However, his coaches needed to be convinced, so that's what Graveman did Tuesday morning.

 

 

Three Rebels earn All-SEC honors

Posted 5/30/2012 in College Sports

The University of Mississippi baseball team will head to College Station, Texas, for its NCAA tournament regional armed with several Southeastern Conference awards. On Tuesday, Alex Yarbrough, Matt Snyder, and Bobby Wahl were recognized by league coaches on the All-SEC teams. Yarbrough was named a first-team selection at second base, while Snyder and Wahl were second-team selections at first base and pitcher, respectively. Yarbrough also was named to the All-Defensive Team, while Snyder also was named to the Community Service Team.

 

 

SEC coaches want playoff plan to include top four

Posted 5/30/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference is looking out for No. 1 -- maybe even No. 2. Football coaches from the recently expanded league were in unison Tuesday that they want a proposed four-team playoff to include the best teams in the country -- and not be tied to conference champions.

 

 

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