It’s been nearly four months since the Mississippi State baseball team captured the program’s first national championship, and the celebration will continue Oct. 29-30 during Alumni Weekend.
The weekend schedule kicks off on Friday with the Alumni Golf Tournament followed by a dinner with past Bulldog greats that night. On Saturday, members of the Diamond Dawg family will gather for the Alumni Tailgate prior to the homecoming football game against Kentucky that night.
The 2021 nat1ional champions will be recognized on the field during the home football game against Kentucky with a ring presentation, while baseball alumni will be in attendance and honored throughout the contest.
To celebrate Mississippi State’s 2021 baseball national championship, the national title trophy will be on display at the Coke Fan Fest leading up to the 6 p.m. kickoff between the Bulldogs and Wildcats. Diamond Dawg fans will have a chance to see the national championship trophy in person and take photos from 2-5:30 p.m. on game day.
Discounted tickets for the Kentucky game are on sale now for $21 in honor of the MSU baseball team capturing the 2021 national championship.
Soccer team falls to No. 4 Arkansas
Two second-half goals proved the difference as Mississippi State fell 2-0 at No. 4 Arkansas on Sunday night.
MSU (4-8-3, 2-6-1 SEC) kept the Razorbacks (14-2, 9-0 SEC) off the scoreboard during the first half thanks to Maddy Anderson’s five saves.
Two minutes into the second half, Arkansas struck the ball into the back of the net to give the Razorbacks a lead. Two big, back-to-back saves from Anderson during the 66th minute kept the Bulldogs within reach until a 69th-minute goal gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead.
MSU almost had a goal, but an 83rd-minute shot by Rylie Combs bounced off the crossbar.
Anderson’s 10 saves are an SEC career high and trail only her 13-save outing at Iowa earlier this season. The Bulldogs have yet to allow more than two goals during their 2021 campaign.
State will return home Thursday to defend the Magnolia Cup against in-state rival No. 13 Ole Miss. Kickoff in that match is set for 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. Thursday night’s contest will also be Senior Night.
Volleyball earns sweep of Texas A&M
Mississippi State’s volleyball team was firing on all cylinders as the Bulldogs connected for a crisp .377 hitting percentage to dial up another 3-1 triumph over Texas A&M by scores of 25-11, 22-25, 25-15 and 25-21 on Sunday afternoon at the Newell-Grissom Building.
The weekend sweep for the Bulldogs (16-5, 7-2 SEC) gave State four straight wins over the Aggies (11-9, 4-6 SEC) and the program’s first four-match winning streak in SEC play during a single season.
Mississippi State jumped into a third-place tie with Florida in the SEC standings. The Bulldogs have won five straight SEC home matches, and their last four victories overall are against RPI top-50 opponents over the past 12 days.
The Bulldogs spent a majority of the match in-system with 52 kills against 9 errors and attacked at over a .400 ratio during the first and third sets. State amassed an efficient 75.3 sideout percentage going 55 of 73 ignited by a 93 percent clip in set three.
Mississippi State showcased its balance and versatility with five players cranking at least nine kills. Margaret Dean and Gabby Coulter conducted State’s 6-2 offense to 47 assists and added 10 digs.
Shania Cromartie and Lauren Myrick each tabulated double-doubles from the outside. Cromartie picked up a team-leading 13 kills and 12 digs, while Myrick made it a double dip in seven of her past nine appearances with 11 kills, 10 digs and 3 blocks.
Mississippi State completes its October slate with a midweek trip to Georgia. Wednesday’s first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Athens. The match will be streamed online via www.ESPN.com/watch and the ESPN app.
State’s next home match is against Alabama on Nov. 3 with a 7 p.m. first serve. Admission is free for all home volleyball matches with gates opening one hour prior to first serve.