Diamond Dawgs Scrimmage Wednesday, Ranked No. 19 in NCBWA Poll
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball will host its fourth preseason scrimmage Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field, head coach John Cohen announced Tuesday. The 4:45 p.m. scrimmage, which features a pitching matchup of junior right-hander Zac Houston versus freshman righty Keegan James, is free and open to the public.
State opened up preseason practice this past weekend with a trio of intrasquad exhibitions. Junior Nathaniel Lowe was named MSU’s Hitter of the Week after hitting .714 (5 for 7) with four RBIs and three doubles. Junior southpaw Vance Tatum earned MSU Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing three shutout innings Saturday with three strikeouts and no walks.
In other news, Cohen’s ballclub was ranked No. 19 in the 2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I preseason poll, the organization announced Monday. The poll was the sixth and final preseason poll to be released, with the Diamond Dawgs being ranked in the top 20 of each one.
MSU in the 2016 Preseason College Baseball Polls
No. 11 – Collegiate Baseball
No. 15 – D1Baseball
No. 17 – Perfect Game and USA Today Coaches
No. 19 – NCBWA
No. 20 – Baseball America
Other MSU Baseball News
- Jacob Robson is ready to emerge as a bigger leader in 2016, writes Ben Wait of The Dispatch.
- Bob Carskadon’s notes and highlights from the first weekend of scrimmages.
Cohen previewed the 2016 season on Head to Head Radio last week.
- High expectations surround a more confident Hudson, writes Joel Coleman of the Starkville Daily News.
- Another day, another Hudson interview.
- Reid Humphreys spoke to GenesPage.com in a video interview this past weekend about his role this spring.
- D1Baseball.com says Brent Rooker has “the potential to be one of the league’s elite hitters.”
- The 2016 MSU media guide was released online this past week.
- Single-game tickets for the 2016 home schedule went on sale Monday.
- The annual Dudy Gras Parade is Tuesday, Feb. 9.
- The Journal News takes a look at Jacob Lindgren of the New York Yankees.
- Former Diamond Dawg Mitch Moreland is trying to focus on the season while tuning out free agency.
- 2013 All-American Hunter Renfroe was named an MLB.com Top-100 prospect recently.