126th Season Of Mississippi State Baseball Begins Friday
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 11 Mississippi State baseball begins its 126th season this weekend with four games at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs play FAU Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT, followed by a doubleheader against South Dakota State (12 p.m.) and the Owls (3:30 p.m.) Saturday. MSU wraps up the weekend with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch against the SDSU Jackrabbits Sunday.
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
G1 – 12 p.m. – South Dakota State vs. FAU
G2 – 4:30 p.m. – FAU vs. Mississippi State
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
G3 – 12 p.m. – South Dakota State vs. Mississippi State
G4 – 3:30 p.m. – FAU vs. Mississippi State
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
G5 – 10:30 a.m. – FAU vs. South Dakota State
G6 – 3:30 p.m. – SDSU vs. Mississippi State
*Home Team Listed Second
The Bulldogs are 2-0 all-time against FAU, with both games occurring at the 2005 NCAA Coral Gables Regional in Miami. State beat the Owls by a score of 13-2 in game one of the Regional, before ending their season one day later by a score of 8-4. The Diamond Dawgs have never played South Dakota State.
Mississippi State – 11th by Collegiate Baseball, 15th by D1Baseball, 17th by Perfect Game and the USA Today Coaches Poll, 19th by NCBWA and 20th by Baseball America
FAU – Not Ranked
South Dakota State – Not Ranked
Need To Know
- Mississippi State begins its 126th season of baseball this weekend.
- The Bulldogs are 80-43-2 all-time in season openers.
- John Cohen’s club was given the Most Valuable Program Award by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball last month for having the best summer of any college program in America.
- Cohen sent a school-record eight players to the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
- MSU’s 13 returning hitters this past summer hit .316, while its nine returning pitchers recorded a 2.13 ERA in 292 innings with 251 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP.
- Junior right-hander Dakota Hudson was named a preseason All-American by D1Baseball and Perfect Game.
- State owns the fourth-highest fielding percentage (.979) in the nation over the past two seasons.
- Pitching coach Wes Johnson makes his MSU debut this weekend after spending the previous four seasons at Dallas Baptist.
- Since 2012, the Diamond Dawgs rank first nationally in double plays (264) and ninth in strikeouts (2,032).
- MSU’s returning pitchers are 12-4 (.750) all-time in non-conference games and own a 15-6 (.714) mark all-time at Dudy Noble Field.
Friday Forecast: High 73, Low 52 – Sunny – 0% Chance of Rain
Saturday Forecast: High 70, Low 55 – Cloudy – 10% Chance of Rain
Sunday Forecast: High 69, Low 54 – Evening Showers – 40% Chance of Rain
Live Video and Television
All four of MSU’s games this weekend will be streamed live on SEC Network + via the WatchESPN app.
Live Audio and Radio
Opening Day will air live on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network. The other three games will air only on WKBB 100.9 in the Starkville area. All four games will also be audio streamed live online at HailState.com/Plus (requires subscription).
Friday – G1 – SDSU RHP Ryan Froom vs. FAU RHP David McKay
Friday – G2 – FAU LHP Brandon Rhodes vs. MSU RHP Dakota Hudson
Saturday – G3 – SDSU LHP Landon Busch vs. MSU LHP Daniel Brown –OR– RHP Austin Sexton
Saturday – G4 – FAU RHP Marc Stewart vs. MSU LHP Daniel Brown –OR– RHP Austin Sexton
Sunday – G5 – FAU TBA vs. SDSU RHP Andrew Clemen
Sunday – G6 – SDSU TBA vs. MSU TBA
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at HailState.com/tickets or at the MSU ticket office behind home plate, which opens two hours before first pitch every game.
Special Note: Sunday’s gates will open at 9:30 a.m.
Friday – The first 2,000 fans receive a free M-over-S baseball decal. Former MSU All-American Jonathan Holder will throw out the first pitch.
Saturday – Former MSU pitcher and current Oakland Athletics prospect Ben Bracewell will throw out the first pitch. Bully’s Kids’ Club members and MSU students get in free with ID.
Sunday – “Kids’ Day at the Park” featuring inflatables and kids running the bases postgame. Bully’s Kids’ Club members and MSU students get in free with ID.