ATLANTA -- John Cohen understands why anyone outside of his Mississippi State baseball team would label his team "scrappy." The Bulldogs don't have an explosive offense or a stable of dominant pitchers. They're not loaded with highly touted first-round picks. They had to claw their way into the Southeastern Conference tournament and then anxiously await an at-large bid to the NCAA field after going 0-2 in the league tournament in Hoover, Ala.
NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship Game MSU 7, Georgia Tech 3 ---Bulldogs advance to Gainesville Super Regional ---MSU goes undefeated in a regional/district for the fourth time in school history; last time was 2007, when it advanced to the College World Series. MSU is heading to its fourth Super Regional since 2001.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (36-23, finished second in the SEC West) v No. 1 Georgia Tech (42-20, finished second in ACC Coastal) --Bulldogs beat Austin Peay and Southern Miss to advance to title game; Ga. Tech lost to Austin Peay on opening day and followed with wins over Southern Miss and Austin Peay in the loser's bracket. Game time: 6:06 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
ATLANTA -- Jarrod Parks' admitted hitting slump down the stretch of the season could have had a stronger impact on Mississippi State's offense had it not been for fellow senior Nick Vickerson's current hot streak. Vickerson began the season as MSU's leadoff man, and while he managed to score 20 runs through the first 14 games his batting average was just .250.
ATLANTA -- The Mississippi State baseball team never claimed to be explosive.
ATLANTA -- Evan Mitchell's Homecoming couldn't have gone any better.
DESTIN, Fla. -- The cowbell is safe in Davis Wade Stadium for another year.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (35-23, finished second in the SEC West) v No. 4 Austin Peay (34-22, Ohio Valley Conference champion) Bulldogs beat Southern Miss 3-0 on Friday to advance in winner's bracket; Austin Peay beat Georgia Tech 2-1. Game time: 6:06 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
ATLANTA -- Pitching. Defense. Timely hits. The formula had escaped Mississippi State's baseball team in the past two weeks, when it dropped four of five games, sweated out the final day of the regular season for a Southeastern Conference tournament berth and went 0-2 in Hoover. Friday, the Bulldogs returned to its blueprint in its biggest game of the season, toppling rival Southern Mississippi 3-0 in a NCAA tournament regional game in Atlanta.
GAME 1 MSU 3 , Southern Miss 0 ---Bulldogs face winner of Georgia Tech-Austin Peay at 7 p.m. Saturday. ---Southern Miss faces loser of Georgia Tech-Austin Peay at 3 p.m. Saturday
DESTIN, Fla. -- The cowbell is safe in Davis Wade Stadium for another year. Today, Southeastern Conference school presidents voted in favor of extending the ammended artificial noisemaker policy by another year to allow Mississippi State fans to bring cowbells in to Davis Wade Stadium and ring them at designated times. MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin wouldn't divulge how the voting breakdown but said there was "overwhelming" support for MSU's longest sporting tradition.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (34-23, finished second in SEC West) v No. 2 Southern Miss (39-17, C-USA regular-season champion) Game time: 2 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
DESTIN, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay football players -- and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Senior Kelsi Dunne and freshman Jackie Traina combined to allow just one hit Thursday in the University of Alabama softball team's 1-0 victory against to down seventh-seeded California in the opening game of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
ATLANTA -- One day after questions about the Southern Mississippi pitching staff were finalized, injures to a pair of key hitters gained a bit more clarity.
ATLANTA -- The Mississippi State baseball team earned a spot in the 2011 NCAA regionals by playing small ball.
STARKVILLE -- Dennis Thames' career as a Mississippi State football player is over. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety was dismissed from the team Thursday for a violation of team rules. Thames was arrested May 31 for possession of marijuana and alcohol in a motor vehicle, Winston County corrections warden Tim Palmer said Friday.
ATLANTA -- While Southern Miss' pitching staff questions were finalized Wednesday, its injury concerns with a pair of key hitters gained a bit more clarity Thursday. A day head of the Golden Eagles' NCAA regional game versus Mississippi State in Atlanta, Ferriss Trophy winner Tyler Koelling said he isn't 100 percent healed from an injured hamstring that saw him miss the Conference USA tournament.
ATLANTA -- Mississippi State's baseball team has made its money off playing small-ball this season. There's temptation, though, in Russ Chandler Stadium, the site of the Bulldogs NCAA regional game against rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m. (CDT) today. The right-center gap is 353 feet, about 21 feet shorter than the alley at Dudy Noble Field. For Mississippi State left-handed hitters Jaron Shepherd, CT Bradford and Ryan Collins, the invitation to aim for the fence in right-center will be there.
Mississippi State moved a step closer to extending the Southeastern Conference's "cowbell compromise" after league coaches and athletic directors voted favorably Wednesday at the league's annual meetings in Destin, Fla. The amended artificial noisemaker policy went into effect last year, when the ban on cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium was still in place and MSU faced significant fines for failing to properly police usage.
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