Wednesday Bulldog Update - 4/1/15

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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs!

We once again find ourselves in the midst of a busy week as spring seems to finally be in town for good. On that note, I should remind you that we are only two weeks away from the 30th annual Super Bulldog Weekend! It snuck up fast and I’m looking forward to one of my favorite times of the year.

I’m sure many of you have done so already, but if you haven’t yet made plans to come to town, a reminder that activities for SBW are April 17-19 this year. The Maroon-White Spring Football Game on Saturday will kickoff at 11 a.m., followed by baseball at Dudy Noble Field against Florida at 2 p.m.

We, of course, have a plethora of other sporting events and associated activities over the course of the weekend, and don’t forget one of my personal favorites, the Cotton District Arts Festival on Saturday morning before the Spring Game, a very short walk from Davis Wade Stadium!

As for this week, we’ve got several teams in action on campus and away, and I’m on my way to the Final Four for the weekend to meet with athletic administrators and coaches from across the country. I hope to be here watching our Bulldogs in the future!

On a somber note before we go any further, I want to pass along condolences to the family of former Bulldog track star and 2012 Olympian Daundre Barnaby. Daundre competed here from 2009-2013 and drowned in a tragic accident while training with the Canadian National Team last week. Daundre will be missed by all of us in the Mississippi State Family and we are proud to call him a Bulldog.

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A big, big congratulations goes to Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and our women’s golf team for finishing the regular season second in the country. Regular readers of this column know the success the program has had in recent years, and seeing that build and continue has been a joy. Our Bulldogs finished in the Top 10 of every tournament they played in this season, including six top-five finishes and two first-place trophies. By such measurements, it was the best season the program has ever had.

The team has a deserved break before competing in the SEC Championships April 17-19 and the NCAA Tournament following the conference championship.

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Consider this more of an advisory to be alert rather than a call to action, as the deadline to renew season tickets for football passed this week. Demand has been higher than ever for tickets to see our Bulldogs after the record-setting 2014 season, already priming us for an exciting 2015 campaign. Luckily, we’ve got more seats than ever as we try to keep up with the demand.

All renewals are currently being processed and arranged, so be on the lookout over the next few weeks for information for those interested in securing any available season tickets. Our renewal rate is typically around 95% and we anticipate having some seats available. Once season tickets have been sold out, we’ll have single-game tickets and mini-packages available.

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If you haven’t made it to a tennis match yet this year, you’ve missed out on some fun afternoons. Our men’s team is up to No. 26 in the country after wins over Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee last week and our own Mate Cutura was named SEC Player of the Week. As a follow up, the Bulldogs host No. 6 Georgia on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 45 South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. Make plans to come support the team!

Meanwhile, our women’s team is No. 44 in the country during a breakout season and completed a hard-fought 4-3 win this afternoon on campus over No. 42 Auburn in an exciting five-hour marathon. Our ladies have big matches on the road at Tennessee and No. 5 Georgia this weekend as the postseason approaches. Good luck to our Bulldogs!

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A reminder (and invitation!) for baseball this weekend that the series against South Carolina runs Thursday-Saturday, with Thursday’s 7 p.m. game being broadcast on ESPNU. Make sure to adjust your schedule and join us to show a national audience how special Dudy Noble can be.

I’ve got several congratulations to give out to our 26-10 softball team as they go on the road to Arkansas this weekend. First, job well done winning a close road game at Lipscomb last night, and second, congrats to sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood for being named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week after recording a no-hitter last week!

I’d also like to say good luck to our track teams as the outdoor season begins. Coach Steve Dudley’s crew is headed to Florida for its first event of the season. Don’t forget: we’re hosting the SEC Championships on campus at the end of the semester, May 1-2 and 14-16.

And finally, we’re very excited to once again host the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point at the beginning of next week. It’s always one of the most exciting events of the year for our men’s golf team. Good luck to the Bulldogs!

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We appreciate what you do for Mississippi State Athletics and want to encourage you to get others involved.  There are three things you can do to help the athletic department at Mississippi State reach its desired goals –

1.  Buy Season Tickets

2.  Financially Support the Bulldog Club

3.  Get Others To Do The Same

Thanks for taking the time to read this Update.   

Hail State!

Scott Stricklin



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