#29 Cody Freeman
Position: C/1B
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192
Year: Senior
Hometown: Collinsville, MS
High School: West Lauderdale HS
Experience: 3 Letters

The most experienced of four primary catchers vying for playing time with a staff-high 56 game-opening assignments behind the dish • Sports a .299 career batting average with 99 hits, 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 116 career games played (88 starts) • Among eight seniors and 13 players from Mississippi on the 2011 club.

Hit the field for playing time in 41 games as a junior, sharing starting duties behind the plate with fellow Bulldog junior Wes Thigpen • Made 26 of his 31 game-opening appearances as the catcher with five additional starts as the designated hitter • Hit .301, one of six Bulldogs to hit .300 or better, with career-bests in both hits (37), runs batted in (26) and stolen bases (5) • Opened the year with a four-game hitting streak (8-for-17, .471, 4 RBI) • Topped that in the mid-season (Mar. 28-Apr. 9) with a five-game streak (7-for-18, .389) • Ranked fifth on the club with 13 multiple-hit games • Delivered three-hit games in wins over Southeast Missouri (Mar. 5) and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Mar. 14) •  Went 5-for-10 with four RBI in two games against TAMU-CC (Mar. 14) • Tied for fourth on the club with eight multi-RBI games, matching a career-best with a four-RBI, two-hit (double and home run) performance against Alcorn State (Apr. 20) • Registered the game-winning RBI in three consecutive games • Lashed a walk-off, two-out RBI single in MSU's series-clinching 11-10 win over Georgia • Drilled three roundtrippers, two-run blasts against Southeast Missouri (Mar. 5) and Alcorn State (Apr. 20) and a solo shot against Michigan State (Mar. 7) • Played in 22 of 30 conference games (14 starts), hitting .259 with 10 RBI • Went 4-for-9 in two starts against Ole Miss (Apr. 30-May 2) and 4-for-7 against Vanderbilt (May 15-16) • Collected 10 of his 15 SEC hits over his final eight games and went 9-for-22 (.409) in his last six league starts • Teammate of fellow Bulldogs Ryan Collins, Jarrod Parks and Nick Vickerson on the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champion Bethesda (Md.) Big Train • Named to the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Saw playing time in 37 games as a sophomore, drawing 13 starts behind the plate and 12 more as the designated hitter • Compiled a .283 batting average with 26 hits, 20 RBI and a career-best six home runs • Lashed a pair of singles against South Carolina (Mar. 14) for the first of his six multiple-hit games • Matched a career-best for hits in a game with a 3-for-5 plate performance at Arkansas (Mar. 27) • Belted his fifth and sixth home runs of the season at Memphis (May 12) in MSU's 6-5 win over the Tigers, driving in a season-high three runs • One of two Bulldogs to hit two home runs in a game in 2009 • Also delivered solo home runs against Nicholls (Feb. 28), at Tennessee (Apr. 11), against Middle Tennessee State (Apr. 21) at Vanderbilt (Apr. 25) • Fielded at a .966 clip with three errors in 88 defensive chances • Compiled a season-best five-game hitting streak May 2 to May 12 • Legged out a run-scoring double at Ole Miss (May 8) for his first game-winning RBI of the season • Added a walk-off RBI single against second-ranked LSU in State's 8-7 win over the eventual national champions • Played in 22 SEC games drawing 14 starts (nine as DH, 5 as catcher) • Led the team with a .365 batting average against SEC competition • Played summer league baseball in Bethesda, Md., teaming with Bulldogs Luke Adkins and Jarrod Parks on the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champion Big Train • Paced Bethesda with a .326 batting average and a .489 slugging percentage.

Played in 38 games and earned his first varsity letter as a true freshman, starting 17 games as a catcher and 15 as the designated hitter • Hit .310 with 36 hits and 20 RBI in 32 games • Played error-free defense in 143 chances behind the dish • Opening day starting catcher against North Florida (Feb. 22) • Registered his first career hit in his seasonal debut against UNF • Registered nine multi-hit games, including a season-best 3-for-4 plate performance against UAB (Feb. 26) • Opened the year with a five-game hitting streak and fashioned a six-game streak in mid-March that included four consecutive two-hit games • Went 4-for-8 with a single, a double, a triple, a home run and seven RBI in two-game set against Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 11-12) • Followed that with a 5-for-10 three-game series against Ole Miss (Mar. 14-16) • Plated a season-high four runs with his first career home run, a grand slam, against MVSU (Mar. 11) • Also launched a solo blast against Ole Miss (Mar. 15) • Sustained a knee injury in the Georgia series (Mar. 28-30) • Missed nine games, then returned to the lineup as a DH • Sidelined for final five games of season with shoulder injury • Hit .266 in 19 games (18 starts) against SEC foes • Team-best .406 hitter in games at Dudy Noble Field • One of four true freshmen to play for the Bulldogs in 2008.

Four-year standout as a catcher and outfielder at West Lauderdale High School • Coached by Jerry Boatner • Hit .450 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI en route to all-state honors as a senior • Helped power the Knights to a 38-2 record and the 2007 Class 4A state championship • Played on West Lauderdale teams that compiled a 129-21 record over four seasons • Joined WLHS battery mate and fellow MSU signee Paxton Pace on the roster for the 2007 Crossroads Diamond Club 4A/5A All-Star game in Pearl, Miss. • A preseason Louisville Slugger All-American selection • Compiled a .465 batting average with 47 hits and 26 extra-base hits as a junior • Established the WLHS school record with 16 home runs and 60 RBI in 2006 • All-district and all-state honoree and team MVP as a junior • Hit .362 and earned all-district honors as a sophomore in 2005 after drawing 10 starts and hitting .450 as a freshman.

Born Cody Dewayne Freeman on April 18, 1989 in Meridian, Miss. • Son of Amanda and Bruce Freeman of Collinsville, Miss. • Majoring in kinesiology.

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