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Oregon State beats Mississippi State to force game Saturday

Posted yesterday in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Turn the page. As the Oregon State baseball team marched toward a 12-2 victory against Mississippi State on Friday, the focus switched to Ethan Small.

 

Freshmen players still performing late in MSU season

Posted 6/21/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Gary Henderson was talking about the wall as early as March.

Notebook: Well-rested Billingsley takes mound for Bulldogs

Posted 6/21/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- A third game in the College World Series was no guarantee, so Mississippi State interim head coach Gary Henderson saw no point in treating it as such. When asked about his starting pitching plans for a third game before the tournament began, he thought it was an attempt at humor.

Oregon State eliminates UNC to set up game vs. MSU

Posted 6/21/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Oregon State baseball team didn't get to the College World Series by committing multiple errors and stranding double-digit runners every game. But a performance like that left the Beavers on the brink of elimination Saturday.

Coaches work together to keep Bulldogs on right path

Posted 6/21/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Mike Brown's office in the Mississippi State baseball team's complex at Dudy Noble Field features something that has never meant more than it does now.

Westburg drives in seven as Bulldogs rout Tar Heels in Omaha

Posted 6/19/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- All was pointing up for Jordan Westburg as the middle of May approached. His batting average was on the rise, as was his playing time, and as was his Mississippi State baseball team's chances at a postseason bid.

MSU notebook: Pilkington savors long-awaited victory in Omaha

Posted 6/19/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- A moment three years in the making was a lot for Konnor Pilkington to handle and it took him some time to find that handle. Once he found it, he finally did what he's wanted to do for three years: win at the College World Series.

Westburg powers MSU past North Carolina

Posted 6/19/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The man behind the Rally Banana helped move the Mississippi State baseball team one win from the national championship series. Jordan Westburg had a grand slam and a bases-clearing double Tuesday to lead MSU to a 12-2 victory against North Carolina at TD Ameritrade Park.

The W's Hopper, Benefield earn postseason honors

Posted 6/19/2018 in College Sports

DUBOIS, Pa. -- Mississippi University for Women's Damain Benefield and Cara Hopper were named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series All-Tournament teams for their performances last month.

Jordan gets back into legs to re-discover success at plate

Posted 6/19/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Consistent contact was on Jake Gautreau's mind when he suggested moving left fielder Rowdey Jordan to the No. 2 spot in the Mississippi State baseball team's lineup.

Alexander delivers in big situation for Bulldogs

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Baseball isn't easy. Luke Alexander made peace with that fact in May when his batting average dropped from .222 to .207.

 

UNC uses analytics to power defensive shifts

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The North Carolina baseball program is taking on the age of data. The Tar Heels have embraced the analytical age of by shifting its defensive alignments based on the tendencies of hitters. Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced Saturday in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. The Tar Heels shifted several times against the Beavers.

 

 

North Carolina will go with No. 3 starting pitcher vs. MSU

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The beauty of the day between each game of the double elimination portion of the College World Series is the rest time built in for pitching staffs. North Carolina won't feel that benefit for a while.

 

MSU walks it off against Washington

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Luke Alexander is capable of delivering a big hit against an opponent other than Ole Miss. On Saturday, Alexander's double scored second baseman Hunter Stovall from second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 1-0 victory against Washington in Game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.

MSU's 1998 team celebrates anniversary of trip to CWS

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Van Johnson knows the feeling of being dead in the water. Johnson also knows the feeling of rising above it, which means he can relate to every step the members of the Mississippi State baseball team have taken this season on the road to the College World Series.

MSU's Henderson earns second coach of year honor

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Mississippi State interim baseball coach Gary Henderson was named Saturday the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Coach of the Year.

Gordon credits teammates for success in recent outings

Posted 6/15/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cole Gordon has had plenty of frustrating moments. The junior pitcher from Tampa could have fallen into an extended rut after his earned run average climbed above 6.00 following an outing in which he surrendered five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Vanderbilt on March 17.

Neff finds calling out of bullpen for Bulldogs

Posted 6/13/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is no reason to sugarcoat things now, so Zach Neff won't: his numbers at Austin Peay were not good.

Henderson not expecting West Coast trends to play out in Omaha

Posted 6/12/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson doesn't project any regional bias to play out in the College World Series.

MSU women's basketball team welcomes Lovato back as assistant coach

Posted 6/12/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A familiar face is returning to the Mississippi State women's basketball sideline, as Elena Lovato is re-joining the program as assistant coach.

 

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