STARKVILLE -- Good pitching and near-perfect defense is a good formula to win close games. The Mississippi State softball team used a complete-game shutout from Alexis Silkwood to take a 4-0 victory against Southern Mississippi on Tuesday night at Nusz Park.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the third-straight year, the Alabama football team's quarterback competition will carry into preseason camp. Returnees Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, and David Cornwell and freshman mid-year enrollee Jalen Hurts don't appear to have much separation in the battle to start. All struggled to get the ball into the end zone Saturday in the team's spring-ending A-Day scrimmage for the defending national champions. But they did play against what typically is one of the nation's top defenses.
STARKVILLE -- The question of who will be the Mississippi State football team's next quarterback remains unanswered. With Dak Prescott graduating and getting ready for the NFL draft, four players had a chance in spring practice to make an impression on coach Dan Mullen and an opportunity to win the job. But after a month of practice and the team's Maroon and White Spring game on Saturday, Mullen didn't name a starter or give any inclination there is a leader.
BOSTON -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours, 28 minutes, 35 seconds on Monday.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 11 LSU softball team used an eight-run fifth inning to beat Mississippi State 12-1 in five innings Sunday on Super Bulldog Weekend at Nusz Park. The victory helped the Tigers (32-13, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) win the three-game weekend series. A 5-2 victory in 12 innings late Saturday night gave LSU its first win of the weekend.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team saw this weekend how quickly things can go sideways. After taking two out of three from then No. 1-Florida last week in Gainesville, Florida, No. 2 MSU couldn't build on the momentum and suffered its third-straight loss to No. 4 Texas A&M, 10-4 on Sunday before a crowd of 8,786 at Dudy Noble Field. The three-game series, which was a part of Super Bulldog Weekend, drew 33,896 fans. It was the largest three-game series crowd since the 2014 Super Bulldog Weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman won't soon forget this loss.
STARKVILLE -- Nothing has come easy for the Mississippi State baseball pitchers this weekend.
STARKVILLE -- You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Malik Dear is a wide receiver.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the third straight year, Alabama's quarterback competition will carry over into preseason camp.
STARKVILLE -- Junior wide receiver Fred Brown is no longer a student at Mississippi State, a football spokesperson confirmed Thursday. The Clarion-Ledger first reported Brown violated the MSU honor code, but the spokesperson didn't confirm the report.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Rigby didn't need two years at a junior college to get to the next level. Going from Kosciusko High School to East Mississippi Community College, the right-hander found a niche as a sidearm pitcher. He attracted the attention of several Division I and Southeastern Conference schools and then picked Mississippi State. Rigby has delivered on that potential and has emerged as a key member of No. 2 MSU's bullpen. The sophomore is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA, second lowest on the team. He has allowed four runs (three earned) on 15 hits, and has struck out 23 and walked five.
STARKVILLE -- Justin Senior has grown comfortable at right tackle. After starting all 14 games at that position in 2014, Senior started 12 of 13 games there last season. But this spring Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy asked the rising senior to practice at left tackle because he believed it would help the team and Senior.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen is seeing a workmanlike attitude from his team. The Mississippi State baseball coach has been impressed with how the Bulldogs have handled the rigors of the Southeastern Conference and midweek games the last few weeks. MSU has taken series from SEC foes Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss, and then-No. 1 Florida. In that time, the Bulldogs are 3-0 in midweek games. No. 2 MSU exhibited that workmanlike attitude Wednesday night in an 11-1 victory against Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. The victory helped MSU (24-9-1) matched last season's win total.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday the signing of three-star center Elton "EJ" Datcher. Datcher, who committed to the Bulldogs in February, averaged 11.6 points, 1.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game in his four-year career at Vincent (Alabama) High School.
RUSTON, La. -- Sparked by an 11-pitch at bat by freshman Sabrina Turner, the Mississippi State softball team scored three runs in the fifth inning Wednesday to earn a 3-2 comeback victory against Louisiana Tech. The victory was the Bulldogs' ninth comeback win of the season and No. 59 under coach Vann Stuedeman.
OXFORD -- The No. 25 Southern Mississippi baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to beat No. 8 Ole Miss 5-1 at Swayze Field. The victory helped the Golden Eagles (26-7) win their fourth-straight game and hand Ole Miss (25-8) its first mid-week loss of the season. Southern Miss also won its third game in a row against Ole Miss in Oxford and the 10th in the last 12 games in the series.
STARKVILLE -- Jake Mangum thought he would play college baseball in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 2015 prospect, whose father, John, played football at Alabama in the late 1980s, committed to Alabama in 2013, but he changed his mind later that year and committed to Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Cedric Jiles knows what is expected of him. As one of the veterans in the secondary on the Mississippi State football team, Jiles is being counted on to assume a bigger leadership role after the departures of Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond, who are expected to be taken in the NFL draft. Now it's time for Jiles and fellow senior Tolando Cleveland's to emerge at cornerback. The duo will get a chance to show how much they have improved as players and leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the annual Maroon and White spring game.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker never doubts his team. That's the mind-set for the entire Mississippi State baseball team. That wasn't the case last season when the Bulldogs finished 24-30 and missed the postseason. But the Bulldogs aren't doubting themselves this season. That was the case last weekend when MSU bounced back from a Friday night loss to win the next two games against then-No. 1 Florida in their Southeastern Conference series in Gainesville, Florida.
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