STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.
Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.
A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
After logging more than an estimated 1 million miles of travel during his 58 years as voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil will help usher fans to Starkville via the Jack Cristil Highway.
STARKVILLE -- If the Bulldogs head into next season with rising seniors Devin Jones and Nick Routt, their pitching staff will be the most experienced its been under coach John Cohen.
STARKVILLE -- If every MSU player comes back from their summer league assignment like Caleb Reed did, MSU coach John Cohen will have 12 players ready to have breakout seasons in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- The twists and turns of a baseball season can prevent teams from reaching their goals, while others can turn a once bleak situation into an unexpected postseason run.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a two-run lead in the seventh inning Sunday, Mississippi State second baseman Nick Vickerson could smell the midwest breeze of Omaha, Neb. Then, much like Vickerson did Saturday, the University of Florida baseball team changed the game with one swing. Preston Tucker's three-run home run helped Florida regain the lead and send it to an 8-6 win in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Super Regional.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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 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
---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
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