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.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior infielder Marisa Runyon blasted a fourth-inning grand slam and had five RBIs Sunday to lead the No. 4 Alabama softball team to an 8-1 victory against Mississippi State at Rhoads Stadium. The victory helped Alabama (35-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team is making itself feel right at home on the road in the Southeastern Conference. No. 5 MSU won its fourth-straight SEC series Sunday with a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Florida in the final game of a three-game set at McKethan Stadium.
Nearly two years ago, Elena Lovato joined the Mississippi State women's basketball family intending to take full advantage of coach Vic Schaefer's mentorship.
Danny Crawford believed Alexis Neely could make the transition.
STARKVILLE -- As a head coach, Dan Mullen is never happy when he leaves a scrimmage or practice.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team will have a positive experience to rely on as it faces another tough Southeastern Conference road test.
STARKVILLE -- In Brian Johnson's eyes, everything his quarterbacks do is a teachable moment.
STARKVILLE -- Construction on the new Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium could begin in June 2017, according to Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin.
WEST POINT -- Braden Thornberry is getting into a rhythm. Last week, the Ole Miss freshman golfer earned co-medalist honors at the Florida Atlantic Autism Invite at Fountains Country Club North Course in Lake Worth, Florida. Thornberry's first career top finish gave him confidence entering the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club, a place he has played more than 30 times. Thornberry's success continued Tuesday, as he fired a bogey-free 3-under-par 69 in the final round to finish 7-under and earn the first outright victory of his career.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior Jack Kruger feels like he plays on the best team in the country. Kruger and the Bulldogs will get a chance to prove that this weekend. Ranked in the top 10 of every major poll, including No. 5 by Baseball America, MSU will travel to Gainesville, Florida, this weekend to face No. 1 Florida. MSU tuned up for that game Tuesday by blanking Tennessee-Martin 14-0 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Leo Lewis doesn't care he didn't play last year. Lewis also doesn't care he is one of the youngest and most inexperienced linebackers on the Mississippi State football team. He wants to play and to be a major factor at linebacker for the Bulldogs this fall.
STARKVILLE -- New coaches normally don't dwell on the past and aren't pessimistic when they take over a program. This season, the Ole Miss softball team is taking the opposite approach. Under second-year coach Mike Smith, the Rebels are focused on earning their first trip to a NCAA regional. Ole Miss took a huge step to accomplishing that goal Monday night with a 9-5 victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Collins' focus isn't going to change. The junior third baseman saw the Mississippi State baseball team lose two midweek games three weeks ago after a three-game sweep of then-No. 11 Oregon.
WEST POINT -- Ross Bell needs to show consistency. The Mississippi State men's golfer had a couple of good rounds in the last few tournaments, but he also had one round that took him out of contention. Still, Bell is playing his best golf. He continued that trend Monday with a 1-under-par 71 and a 1-over 73 that left him tied for ninth after the first and second rounds of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club.
STARKVILLE -- Sunday pitching has been a sore spot for the Mississippi State baseball team. Entering the weekend, both of the MSU's Southeastern Conference losses came in Game 3s against Vanderbilt and Georgia. The opponents scored 23 runs in those games. MSU coach John Cohen hoped not having to go to his bullpen in the first two games of the series against Ole Miss would help him piece together a rotation to complete the sweep.
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan hopes his team can finish strong. MSU had a good showing two weeks ago in Texas, and Homan feels his players figured some things out that will help them finish the regular season on a high note at the fourth-annual Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior shortstop Kayla Winkfield and assistant coach Samantha Ricketts had a brief but beneficial meeting Sunday night. With MSU and Ole Miss locked in a scoreless extra-innings battle at Nusz Park, Ricketts summoned Winkfield.
STARKVILLE -- Dakota Hudson didn't walk off the mound in Oxford with a good feeling last year. The Mississippi State baseball team blew a five-run ninth inning lead to Ole Miss and Hudson allowed the winning run to score in the 10th. The loss epitomized how last season went for the Bulldogs, who finished 24-30 and missed the postseason. It also was the first time Hudson said he faced adversity like that. He used the experience as motivation over the summer in the Cape Cod League, where he worked to perfect his craft in hopes of becoming the Bulldogs' Friday night starting pitcher.
STARKVILLE -- Peter Sirmon knew it was going to be tough for the Mississippi State football defense. The defensive coordinator and linebackers coach joined the program with three other new defensive coaches in the offseason, so he believed the spring was going to be a crucial time for everyone. Two weeks into spring practice, things seem to be working out, as the defense made six interceptions Saturday and dominated the team's first scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium.
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