STARKVILLE -- The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team and LSU could feature a matchup of aces tonight. After a week that included news about injuries and talk about how weather could play a role this weekend, MSU coach John Cohen and LSU coach Paul Mainieri shuffled their pitching rotations to set up a potential matchup of one of the Southeastern Conference's most consistent left-handers (MSU's Ross Mitchell) against the league's best right-handed power arm (LSU's Aaron Nola) at 6:30 tonight at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore shortstop Kayla Winkfield is known to her Mississippi State softball coaches and teammates as "Wink." The name "Blink" would be just as appropriate.
STARKVILLE -- Ally McDonald is about to become a worldwide name in her sport. The Mississippi State junior golfer might be the first MSU student-athlete to wear red, white, and blue and not be given a hard time. Last month, she was selected to represent the United States in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match on June 6-8.
Ashley Langford and Cara Hopper already knew what it was like to play for a tradition-rich softball program. As standout performers for veteran coach Robin Elmore at Caledonia High School, Langford and Hopper routinely helped the Lady Confederates win region championships and make deep postseason runs.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Griffin immediately looks at his right knee when he is asked about the most trying times in his life. Griffin's knee has multiple scars after two reconstructive surgeries to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. Those surgeries have forced Griffin to take a different outlook on his football career.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jon Keller threw a complete-game seven-hitter Sunday to lead the Alabama baseball team to a 3-1 victory against No. 13 Ole Miss at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- One turn. It sounds simple. If Kendra Grant had it to do over again, she would have tried to get in front of Courtney Williams in an effort to steer her clear of the right wing.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 16 Mississippi State baseball team relied on its pitching depth Sunday for a third-straight Southeastern Conference series victory. After a doubleheader Saturday in which it used three pitchers, MSU turned to its new secret weapon out of the bullpen: Jacob Lindgren.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his coaches are using the spring season to do a lot of experimenting with drills, formations, personnel, and style of coaching.
STARKVILLE -- Derrick Armstrong has eased the concerns of Mississippi State baseball fans who were worried about C.T. Bradford's injury. The senior outfielder went 6-for-8 Saturday and had a key two-out hit in Game 2 that sparked No. 16 MSU to a 5-1 victory against Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas' Jalen Beeks scattered nine hits in eight innings to lead the Razorbacks to a 4-0 victory in Game 1.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James is happy to be ahead of the curve. In her first two seasons as a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team, James was already looking ahead to the next season on March 30.
Jose Fernandez knows how difficult it is to change the culture and the mind-set in and surrounding a basketball program. In the 10 seasons before Fernandez became head coach of the South Florida women's basketball team, the Bulls had only two winning seasons. Fernandez began the reconstruction in October 2000, when he was named interim head coach. Two months later, Fernandez was named head coach of a team that went on to finish 4-24 and 1-15 in Conference USA.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State desperately needed a lift on the softball diamond Sunday afternoon, head coach Vann Stuedeman turned to a freshman.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Johnson's first act as Mississippi State's new quarterbacks coach was to humble his star pupil.
STARKVILLE -- Unfortunately for Mississippi State coach John Cohen there's only three starting outfield spots in a lineup.
STARKVILLE -- As shooters go, Kendra Grant knows the mantra: The only way to get out of a slump is to keep shooting.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior second baseman Heidi Shape knew it had been a long time since she had hit a grand slam.
STARKVILLE -- The signs of growth are everywhere.
STARKVILLE -- "Who'd a thunk it?" After 50 minutes of draining, back-and-forth basketball and another 20 minutes of questions from the media, Vic Schaefer spoke the truest words of the evening.
STARKVILLE --The Mississippi State coaching staff isn't getting the pitching it thought it would get for Southeastern Conference weekends. It's better than the coaches imagined.
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