Wednesday Bulldog Update - 3/4/15

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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs!

It’s another busy week in Mississippi State athletics, highlighted by conference battles, postseason competition and games both home and away. We’ll get to all of those events in a moment, but I want to make sure you saw the big news yesterday.

In yet another step toward having the best baseball facilities in the country, you can officially reserve seats at the future Dudy Noble Field. You can find far more detailed information on season tickets, pricing, premium areas and the like at www.msubulldogclub.com and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to peruse all the information, options and renderings available.

There are an incredible amount of bases to cover as we build toward the future of MSU baseball, many of which will be discussed over the coming months, but there are a few I want to hit today. One of our primary goals with our new stadium, beyond making it nicer, is to honor the commitment made by so many of you over the last 25 years and to also be more welcoming and inclusive of those of you who want a place at Dudy Noble and don’t have one now.

It’s to that end we’ve kept prices low for the new Left Field Lounge and built enough to accommodate all current Loungers. It’s also why we’re expanding the grandstands, adding a large number of premium seating options and creating berm areas for the casual attendees. We want everyone to feel as if Dudy Noble is their home and we fully believe it will be a place Bulldogs everywhere will be proud to call their own.

But enough of the future, let’s talk about the present! I’m in Nashville tonight for men’s basketball and heading to Little Rock this weekend for the women.

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WOMEN’S HOOPS IN SEC TOURNEY

First off, congratulations to Coach Schaefer and the ladies for their win over Ole Miss to finish the regular season Sunday. Secondly, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who helped back out The Hump and smash the all-time attendance record for that game and the entire season. It’s been an incredibly fun year, and the best part hasn’t even started yet.

The SEC Tournament begins today, and having secured a double-bye with the No. 3 seed, our Bulldogs will play Friday evening at 8:30 on SEC Network with a chance to advance to the semifinals on Saturday. While we will be cheering them on this weekend from afar, we are hoping to watch our 11-th-ranked team at home some more this year. At 26-5 currently, we are in a strong position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and I hope we can set even more records if we are selected to do so.

While we’re on the subject of the team, I also want to commend a few individuals for their conference honors, as Coach Schaefer was named SEC Co-Coach of the Year and Victoria Vivians, Morgan William and Martha Alwal each made All-SEC teams. Job well done!

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OTHER NOTES

Congratulations again to Coach Cohen and the baseball team, who have moved into the Top-10 of several polls (and as high as No. 7) after beginning the year 13-1. It’s one of the best starts in school history, and I hope you make plans to join us in the effort to improve it this weekend in a three-game series with San Diego.

Congratulations, as well, to Coach Stuedeman and the softball team for some big wins in Orlando over the weekend. They beat some tough opponents and bring home a 16-3 record. We host four games over the next five days, including Kennesaw State today at 3 p.m. and Georgia Friday-Sunday for our first SEC series.

Good luck to our men’s basketball team on the road at Vanderbilt tonight, and we’re looking forward to a bittersweet day Saturday as we send our seniors off against Missouri at 5:30 p.m. Make plans to join us in thanking them for their dedication to Mississippi State!

While you’re in town, make sure to join our tennis teams for a big weekend of SEC action as the men host Ole Miss Thursday (subject to change due to weather), and Arkansas and Nicholls State on Saturday, while the women have Missouri in town Friday followed by Arkansas on Sunday.

Good luck, as well, to our golf teams, as the men play in the Tiger Invitational in Alabama and our women travel to Hilton Head Island for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.

And last but far from least, a huge congratulations to Erica Bougard for being named the women’s SEC MVP for the indoor track season, adding to her already lengthy list of accomplishments! Our women’s team finished 7th at the SEC Championships over the weekend, the highest finish in school history.

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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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