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Newcomer Laster gives Bulldogs' pitching staff major shot in arm

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While sitting around in meetings during the middle of this season, Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson brought up the idea of giving Lucas Laster more innings and opportunities

 

 

MSU bullpen finding its stride

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State associate head coach/pitching coach Butch Thompson is going to have a hard time convincing fans the way he uses his bullpen is still unconventional. But Thompson also doesn't need to encourage fans his philosophy works, either. No. 20 MSU (33-19, 16-11 Southeastern Conference) will have to find ways to win games in the next few weeks with a pitching staff that has once again been built from the back end.

 

 

Ole Miss, Alabama win non-conference games

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team used a four-run first inning and two other big innings Tuesday night to defeat Arkansas State 16-9 in front of a record crowd of 1,143 at Tomlinson Stadium.

 

 

Chappelle leaves MSU football program

Posted 5/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jeremey Chappelle is no longer a member of the Mississippi State football program. MSU football spokesperson Bill Martin confirmed to The Dispatch that Chappelle, who was entering his senior season this fall, has left the MSU team. The wide receiver had posted a message on Facebook saying he was leaving the program.

 

 

Ole Miss, MSU each have two on Ferriss Trophy list

Posted 5/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team and the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team each placed two finalists on the list of candidates for the 11th-annual C Spire Ferriss Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday.

 

 

MSU men's basketball will face FSU

Posted 5/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In a continued effort to add competitiveness to his team's non-conference schedule, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray on Monday announced another home-and-home deal with Florida State.

 

 

MSU softball team will play Texas in NCAA tournament

Posted 5/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILE -- When Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman took over the program three seasons ago, her primary goal was to make postseason play an expected destination every year.

 

 

Walker's walk lifts MSU past Tennessee in 12th

Posted 5/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cody Walker wasn't sure how much more he would play this season. Before this weekend, the Mississippi State baseball team's third-string catcher had only played in three Southeastern Conference games. However, it was Walker, a .198 hitter, who earned a walk-off walk against reliever Andrew Lee to lift No. 21 MSU to a 4-3 victory against Tennessee in 12 innings at Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

Mitchell, Holder hold down Vols, give Bulldogs time to rally

Posted 5/10/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitchers Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder earned a giant thank you from their coaches, players, and fans Saturday night.

 

 

Raiders draft MSU's Jackson

Posted 5/10/2014 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- Mississippi State All-American offensive guard Gabe Jackson fulfilled a lifelong dream by reaching the NFL as he was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 81st overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

 

 

MSU's Bracewell has seen it all

Posted 5/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell has seen it all in his five years at Mississippi State. From the lows of suffering season-ending surgeries to the heights of being a key contributor last year in a run to the College World Series, Bracewell is one of the few Bulldogs who has experienced every emotion at Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

MSU baseball team needs more wins

Posted 5/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen keeps saying his players know what's at stake as they jockey for postseason position in final month of the regular season.

 

 

Stansbury takes job as assistant at Texas A&M

Posted 5/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury may find himself coaching on the visitors bench at Humphrey Coliseum. The former Mississippi State men's basketball coach will be back on the Division I sidelines as an assistant coach. On Wednesday, multiple sources confirmed to The Dispatch that Stansbury had agreed to join the Texas A&M coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Billy Kennedy. The Aggies announced the decision Wednesday night.

 

 

MSU's Jackson hopes to go in first round of NFL draft

Posted 5/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy almost teared up this spring when asked what his first practice in five years was like without Gabe Jackson.

 

 

No. 16 Kentucky beats MSU at SEC tournament

Posted 5/8/2014 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The No. 16 Kentucky softball team used a walk-off single from Nikki Sagermann to claim a 4-3 nine-inning victory against Mississippi State in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 entering the top of the sixth before freshman Katie Anne Bailey tied the contest with a bases-clearing triple. The loss eliminates the Bulldogs from the SEC tournament.

 

 

Baseball Bulldogs hope focus leads to successful stretch run

Posted 5/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has normally had a one-word theme for his team. Coming into the stretch run of the 2014 season that word now is focus.

 

 

Seitz, Bulldogs get set for SEC Softball Tournament

Posted 5/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman says freshman third baseman Carolin Seitz has some freak in her.

 

 

Siddoway's draft status uncertain as NFL draft begins Thursday

Posted 5/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Without a legal decision rendered yet, franchises will likely know their professional answer to even having Charles Siddoway on their draft boards.

 

 

MSU's Mitchell earns third SEC honor

Posted 5/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After throwing the only road shutout in league play this season Saturday at Auburn, Mississippi State redshirt junior left-hander Ross Mitchell was named Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

 

 

MSU men's golf granted wishes with regional berth

Posted 5/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan came to the NCAA Regional selection party Monday morning with a clipboard, pen, and a wish list. By the end of the selection show, Homan and his players received everything they wanted: a second-straight postseason berth and a destination that kept them away from defending national champion Alabama and a site without a home-course advantage for the host.

 

 

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