I woke up today and realized I didn’t need a jacket which means spring is in the air and with that means it’s almost baseball season. Mississippi State opens the 2015 college baseball season this week, but before we dive headfirst into second base, lets look back at this past week and weekend in MSU Sports.
Lady Hoopsters Continue to Roll:
With 55-seconds remaining, Victoria Vivian hit the would be game winner as the Bulldogs (23-3) upset the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies 63-61 at the Hump this weekend.
The win gave the Bulldogs their 23rd for the year which is now the second most wins in a season for an MSU lady hoops team.
“I’m so proud of the kids for their effort,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “It was a tremendous basketball game between two tremendous teams. It is rewarding to see where we were and to see where we are now. What a great crowd and a great atmosphere. I really want to get this team to the NCAA tournament for the three seniors we inherited.”
The Bulldogs head to Kentucky this week, before entertaining Florida this coming Sunday.
MSU Softball is Rockin:
The MSU lady softball Dawgs got off to a 5-0 start by running the gauntlet in the 2015 Bulldog Kickoff Classic. Holly Ward pitched her way to a 3-0 start as big things are expected of this program this year.
“First of all, the crowds were VANNtastic all weekend,” head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “Holly Ward gained some valuable experience that will be needed down the road. Alexis Silkwood was huge in relief, striking out the side, with runners on 2nd & 3rd and no outs to close the game.”
The Lady Softball Dawgs return to action February 12th against Louisiana Tech.
Diamond Dawgs Have Final Tuneup:
Mississippi State baseball hits the diamond this week as Cincinnati comes calling this Friday night. The Gray’s beat the Maroon’s 10-6 this weekend behind Brent Rooker and Cole Gordon’s three run shots. Both hit three run home runs for the Bulldogs, showing their could be more punch in the Bulldog lineup this season. The Bulldogs also saw great production from deep within their bullpen – something that has become a staple under head coach John Cohen.
Arkansas Rips MSU in Men’s Basketball:
Bobby Portis poured in 19-points and grabbed 11-rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 61-41 victory this past weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.
For the Bulldogs, this was just another one of those games for Rick Ray’s team. The Arkansas pressure hit the Bulldogs in the mouth at the door, and they never looked back. Mississippi State had only nine-first half points, that’s right you saw that right, NINE and only shot 31% from the floor on the day.
We will discuss this further in the Maroon and White Minute later today.