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'Scrappy' Bulldogs make big strides

Posted 6/13/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At the beginning of the season, no one anticipated the Mississippi State baseball team coming within nine outs of making it to the College World Series.

 

 

Murphy leaves LSU to return to Alabama

Posted 6/13/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Sunday afternoon that softball coach Patrick Murphy has returned to the school as head coach after leaving Thursday to take the job as head softball coach at LSU. Murphy contacted LSU officials Sunday to let them know he had decided not to accept the job, and Moore accepted Murphy's request to return to Alabama when the coach contacted him Sunday.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional post-game: Florida 8, MSU 6 (Game 3)

Posted 6/12/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 3 of best-of-three series Florida 8, MSU 6 Florida clinches College World Series for second straight year ---Florida hits a season-high five home runs against the Bulldogs ---All of Florida's runs come via the long ball ---MSU uses eight pitchers after starting pitcher Luis Pollorena is pulled at the beginning of the third.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU vs. Florida (Game 3)

Posted 6/12/2011 in College Sports

---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (38-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-17, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won game 1, 11-1; Mississippi State won Game 2, 4-3 Winner of today's game earned a College World Series berth Florida is shooting for second-straight CWS berth Mississippi State is looking to reach CWS for ninth time and first since 2007 ---Game time (Noon CDT) Broadcast: ESPN

 

Vickerson delivers magic for MSU

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nick Vickerson wanted the chance to be a postseason hero. The scenario was there Saturday in the Gainesville Super Regional: bottom of the ninth with one runner on and a one-run deficit. With his first pitch from University of Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez, Vickerson hit a two-run, walkoff home run to left field to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 4-3 win.

 

Reed stellar in relief for Bulldogs

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Caleb Reed has something you don't know about: A changeup. The Mississippi State closer has tinkered with the pitch throughout the season, but there hasn't been a rush to get the pitch into his arsenal during his breakout junior year.

 

 

Pollorena will start Game 3 for MSU

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Luis Pollorena has had to sit in the dugout this weekend and wait for his shot at the University of Florida during the Super Regional. He didn't draw either of the starts in the first two games and didn't make a relief appearance. Today, his wait will end when the sophomore left-hander will start Game 3 for a shot to send the Mississippi State baseball team to the College World Series.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional post-game: MSU 4, Florida 3

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 2 of best-of-three series MSU 4, Florida 3 Game 3 tomorrow at noon CT (ESPN) ---Nick Vickerson delivers two-run walk-off home run on first pitch from Steven Rodriguez in bottom of ninth. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. ---Vickerson had MSU's last home run, which came against Florida in the SEC tournament. He has 18 extra-base hits in last 22. ---Gators lose first NCAA tournament game of postseason ---MSU's postseason run continues with 4-1 record

 

 

NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU vs. Florida (Game 2)

Posted 6/11/2011 in College Sports

---NCA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-24, Swept Atlanta Regional) vs. Florida (49-16, Swept Gainesville Regional) Florida won Game 1, 11-1 and can clinch a spot in the College World Series with a win today Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN

 

 

MSU notebook: Mitchell struggles early; Randall atones for loss in Starkville

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Evan Mitchell's hot-hand turned ice cold Friday against the Florida Gators. The Mississippi State freshman right-hander had the worst start of his career in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville, giving up seven earned runs on five hits in just two innings of work in MSU's 11-1 loss to Florida. Mitchell walked two and struck out three on 43 pitches.

 

Florida blasts Bulldogs 11-1 in Super Regional opener

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team entered its NCAA Super Regional series against Florida brimming with confidence. Even though they'd lost three of four against the No. 2-ranked Gators, a pair of two-run defeats to Florida and a flawless regional round against the Gators gave players and coaches the sense that there wasn't much separating the two teams -- if they played a perfect game. Friday, after an 11-1 loss that mirrored some of MSU's uglier defeats this season, the Bulldogs find themselves one loss away from their season ending.

 

NCAA Super Regional postgame: MSU v Florida

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Game 1 of best-of-three series Florida 11, MSU 1 ---Gators have 1-0 series lead heading into Saturday's noon (CDT) start ---Gators are undefeated in postseason play and have outscored opponents 34-1 in the first three innings of NCAA games. ---MSU tied its third-worst loss of the season (fell 17-1 to LSU and 18-0 and 10-0 to Vanderbilt) ---Bulldogs' lowest run total since losing 17-1 to LSU on May 19. ---MSU held to one run or less for the ninth time this season

 

 

NCAA Super Regional pre-game: MSU v Florida

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

---NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville Mississippi State (37-23, Swept Atlanta regional) vs. Florida (48-16, Swept Gainesville regional) Game time (11 a.m. CDT) Broadcast: ESPN2 Florida won three of four games against the Bulldogs this season, including a come-from-behind 7-5 win in the SEC tournament. Two of MSU's losses to Florida have come by two runs.

 

 

Shepherd relishing another shot at Gators

Posted 6/10/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jaron Shepherd could have the biggest spotlight of any Mississippi State baseball player during the Bulldogs' NCAA Super Regional against the University of Florida. The senior outfielder is bound to get a workout in right field against as many as five left-handed hitters in Florida's potent lineup, which MSU coach John Cohen calls "the best in the nation."

 

 

Fifth time this season vs. Florida the charm for MSU baseball?

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easy to say the Mississippi State baseball team is as confident as it's been this season.

 

 

NCAA Super Regional notebook: Mitchell's the man for Game 1; MSU hitters expect tougher Randall

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Over the past two weeks, John Cohen has said freshman pitcher Evan Mitchell is the "hot hand." So it was no surprise when he officially names Mitchell the starting pitcher for Game 1 of Mississippi State's NCAA Super Regional against the Florida Gators. In all, Mitchell (6-1, 3.47 ERA) has pitched a total of eight innings against the Gators (five innings in a start in the SEC tournament and three innings of relief in the Starkville series ) and has given up four earned runs on nine hits. That kind of stat line in a start tomorrow would be a welcome sight against a lineup Cohen calls "the best in the country."

 

 

NCAA Super Regional notebook: UF's Randall looking for another shot at State; Johnson a full go

Posted 6/9/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As the Florida baseball team's Friday starter, Hudson Randall isn't used to having bad starts. The sophomore right-hander, who was a freshman All-American last season, leads Florida's starters with a 2.38 ERA and is 9-3 on the season. There's one start he's still ruing over: his loss at Mississippi State.

 

 

Bulldogs track preparing for Nationals

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's been a season of setbacks and diminished buzz for the Mississippi State men's track team.

 

 

Bullldogs plan to keep swinging vs. Florida

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Don't take the foot off the pedal.

 

 

Mississippi State notebook: Bradford leading freshman class

Posted 6/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - To reach a NCAA Super Regional, freshmen must grow up over the course of the season. C.T. Bradford, one of several Mississippi State freshmen to contribute to MSU's turnaround season, is the only one to make an impact as an everyday player.

 

 

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