STARKVILLE -- It's easy to say the Mississippi State baseball team is as confident as it's been this season.
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."
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.
STARKVILLE -- It's been a season of setbacks and diminished buzz for the Mississippi State men's track team.
STARKVILLE - Don't take the foot off the pedal.
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.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Mississippi and University of Alabama track and field teams will kick off competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nick Routt wasn't sure if the elbow pain that derailed his sophomore season would ever cease. The Mississippi State left-hander had to have surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow. His strikeout pitch, a screwball action changeup that required heavy pronation, was the cause of the pain.
The NCAA baseball tournament Super Regional between Southeastern Conference rivals University of Florida (48-16) and Mississippi State (37-23) at McKethan Stadium will begin at 11 a.m. Friday (ESPN2). The second game of the best-of-three series will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN). The third and deciding game will begin at noon Sunday (ESPN) if necessary.
ATLANTA -- The game plan worked to perfection. The flawless play that saw the Mississippi State baseball team advance to the title game of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional continued Sunday, as MSU received its first complete-game of the season from left-hander Nick Routt and another early barrage of runs that led to a 7-3 win against Georgia Tech.
Devin Malone's maturation is accelerating. The former West Lowndes High School standout has grown so much as a baseball player he soon might be a professional. Malone and prospects from throughout the country will get that chance to become pros starting at 6 p.m. today when the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft begins in Secaucus, N.J. Round 1 of the three-day event will be today, followed by rounds 2-30 beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rounds 31-50 will be Wednesday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The NCAA tournament game between the University of Alabama baseball team and Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional was suspended because of severe weather Sunday night, with the Seminoles leading 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning. The game will resume at 11 a.m. today.
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
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