STARKVILLE -- There is nothing about Mississippi State center fielder Jacob Robson that screams middle-of-the-order hitter. Maybe that's why it's working so well. Robson, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound speedster out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, isn't a threat to hit a home runs. And with his slender build and contact-hitting approach, he doesn't seem like a typical run producer. But there he is, the sweet-hitting left-hander anchored at the No. 5 spot in MSU's batting order.
STARKVILLE -- Samantha Ricketts started earning her keep very early as the new hitting coach for the Mississippi State softball team. Ricketts has instilled a positive attitude and a new belief system at the plate. Both have paid dividends early as MSU is off to a 12-1 start after a 9-3, 10-5 doubleheader sweep of Big Ten Conference foe Penn State on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- The opponent changes, but the results continue to stay the same for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Two days after leading archrival Ole Miss for most of the game before falling in the end, MSU repeated that scenario Saturday against No. 18 Arkansas. Despite leading at halftime and for much of the second half, MSU endured a six-minute scoreless stretch in crunch time and never recovered in a 65-61 loss at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Chemistry has been a key ingredient in the success of the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Coaches never know how the personalities on each team will mix, but MSU coach Vic Schaefer hasn't had to worry about that dilemma. The only problem that has plagued Schaefer has been trying to find playing time for 14 talented players. Thanks to the willingness of those players to coexist and to challenge each other, MSU has secured a spot in both national polls (No. 14 in The Associated Press, No. 16 in USA Today) and has matched a program record for wins in a season with three regular-season games to go.
STARKVILLE -- In the sixth inning, Cassady Knudsen found herself in a tight spot.
STARKVILLE - There's no rest for the weary.
STARKVILLE - Ole Miss hadn't swept Mississippi State in men's basketball in 17 years.
STARKVILLE - Jesse McCord can't wait to get back out there.
Vic Schaefer knew he could win at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE - It was the most frustration Craig Sword has shown all season.
A challenging non-conference schedule has helped pave the way for the Mississippi State softball team to make three straight NCAA regional tournament appearances.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen spent much of the preseason telling media, fans, and his players about the importance of a dominant bullpen. In an effort to continue his team's recent trend of strong bullpens, Cohen made several changes. Among them was moving senior Trevor Fitts, a starting pitcher, to closer and moving Vance Tatum, another starter, to reliever. Cohen also wanted to have senior left-hander Ross Mitchell (24-5 record entering the season) as an option out of the bullpen. So far, so good.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Alabama men's basketball team captain Levi Randolph assured coach Anthony Grant everything was under control after a turnover-filled first half. Randolph scored 19 points and he and Retin Obasohan led a second-half surge to help Alabama complete a regular-season sweep of Auburn with a 79-68 victory Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson did a great job Sunday hiding tired legs. On a day the Mississippi State women's basketball team matched a single-season record for wins, Richardson showed why she is so important to the Bulldogs' success. The 6-foot-1 sophomore forward tied for game-high scoring honors with 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had three assists to lead then-No. 13 MSU to a 75-62 victory against Florida before a season-high crowd of 5,183 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Through four games, sophomore center fielder Jacob Robson owns the hottest start of any Mississippi State baseball player. He also owns the first national award for a Bulldog this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team couldn't come all of the way back from a four-run deficit Sunday in a 4-3 loss to Illinois on the final day of the February Freezer at the MSU Softball Field. The game, which capped five games in four days, left MSU at 9-1, while Illinois improved to 3-7.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 13 Mississippi State women's basketball team shook off a slow start to roll past Florida 75-62 in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the Humphrey Coliseum. No. 13 MSU trailed by eight points in the early stages of the first half. The Bulldogs took control late in the first half and led 40-30 at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 21 in the second half. With the win, MSU improved to 24-4 and 9-4 in the SEC. MSU matched the school record for wins in a season with 24 and home wins with a 16-1 record at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- It's not surprising that the Mississippi State baseball team won its first four games this weekend to start the season. The only surprising part is how easily MSU did it. Starting with a 6-2 victory against Cincinnati on Friday night, MSU wasn't challenged in its four-game stretch against Cincinnati or Miami University. MSU's dominance started to take hold Saturday in 7-1 win against Miami. It built on that effort later in the day in a 19-5 win against Cincinnati. On Sunday, MSU put that exclamation point on the sweep with a 16-7 victory against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly a full day after it put the finishing touches on a 77-74 win at Missouri on Saturday, the Mississippi State's men's basketball team staggered back into Humphrey Coliseum a little after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Bulldogs had a story to tell.
STARKVILLE - Jacob Robson wasn't surprised at all.
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