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Photos from Hoover

Here are a few photos from the Dog’s run through Hoover and the SEC Tournament last week.

BULLDOGS TAKE ON NO. 2 FLORIDA IN SEC TOURNEY OPENER

Mississippi State makes its return to Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament competition Wednesday when the sixth-seeded Diamond Dogs (34-21/14-16 SEC) take on No. 3 seed Florida (41-15/22-8 SEC) in opening round play in the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament.

The eight-team, double-bracket event opens Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. when SEC West champion and No. 2 seed Arkansas (36-18/15-15 SEC) takes on Alabama (32-24/14-16 SEC). The bracket winners advance to play Thursday at 4:30 p.m. while the losing teams square off Thursday in a 9:30 a.m. elimination game.

Mississippi State’s 27th advancement to the SEC Tournament, its first since 2007, marks State’s 11th tournament competition at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. State played in the SEC Tournament in Hoover in 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. MSU is 20-16 in SEC Tournament games in Hoover, sharing the 1990 title with LSU and winning the tourney crown in 2001 and 2005.

Wednesday’s game will be televised live regionally by Comcast and the radio broadcast will be carried online (www.MStateAthletics.com/m2mlive) and on the 18-station MSU Baseball Radio Network.

Freshman right-hander Evan Mitchell (5-1, 3.48) will make his fifth start of the year and 13th appearance of his young career in Wednesday’s opener. Junior righty Tommy Toledo (3-3, 3.10) will open on the mound for the Gators, ranked second in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll.

The opposite bracket in the tournament features top-seeded South Carolina (44-12/22-8 SEC), No. 4 seed Vanderbilt (44-9, 22-8 SEC), No. 5 seed Georgia (28-28, 16-14 SEC) and No. 8 seed Auburn (29-27, 14-16 SEC). The bracket winners meet in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.

State posted a 6-3 record and won two of its last three SEC weekend series (3-0 at Tennessee and 2-1 at Ole Miss) to claim its first SEC tournament berth since 2007. That season, after bowing out of the SEC Tournament in two games, the Bulldogs went 5-0 in NCAA Regional (at Tallahassee, Fla.) and Super Regional (at Starkville, Miss.) competition to claim the SEC’s only berth in the 2007 NCAA College World Series. Tabbed by league coaches for a last-place finish in the SEC West, State has emerged as one of the surprise teams in the Southeastern Conference this season. MSU’s eight-win turnaround in league competition (from 6-24 in 2010 to 14-16 in 2011) rates as the largest in program history.

The Bulldogs’ 34-win regular season worksheet is the most for MSU since the 2006 Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 35-21 mark.

State is paced at the plate by third baseball Jarrod Parks, who closed out the regular season with the top batting average in the SEC (.385) and the league’s top on-base percentage (.529).

Article courtesy MSU Athletic Media Relations

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