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Happy Wednesday to all.

First off this week, congratulations to Coach Vic Schaefer and the women’s basketball team for winning the first two rounds of the WNIT. Monday night’s game was particularly entertaining – maybe the best one The Hump has hosted this year – as we went to double overtime against Southern Miss. The seats were full with both Golden Eagles and Bulldogs, which made for a fun atmosphere to be a part of and play in.

Such a good crowd, in fact, that Coach Schaefer took the microphone as soon as the game ended and thanked everyone for coming.

We host Auburn on Thursday night at 7 in the Round of 16 and I hope to see you there.

It’s been a fun week since our last update, with baseball taking the series from Top-10 Vanderbilt, softball beating No. 21 Auburn over the weekend, men’s tennis winning a pair of SEC matches and the women’s basketball team making their run in the WNIT.

What’s been constant in those victories at home is the tremendous support of our fans. In particular, the attendance over the weekend for baseball was reminiscent of postseason games at Dudy Noble, with over 10,000 of you packing the place Saturday evening.

I was pleased to read these quotes from some of the television announcers about their experience over the weekend, and I think you will be, too.

“It’s a different environment. It’s rowdy, there is no doubt about it. This was really hands down my favorite road place to play. It’s just a great environment that’s different from any other venue you can think of. I love coming to Starkville. You just can’t beat this for college baseball.” – Gabe Gross, CSS

“You don’t see things like the Left Field Lounge Lizards and the Redneck Skybox at Major League ballparks. It’s just different down here. These people love college baseball in the way very few environments can replicate. It was a joy to play here and certainly a joy to cover games here. Dudy Noble is a special place.” – Chris Burke, ESPNU

“It is one of the greatest environments in all of college baseball. There is absolutely nothing like it.” – Dave Neal, ESPNU

“This is the one time that I wish you could smell on television. There is no ballpark in the country that smells better than this. It is one of the greatest settings in college baseball.” – Kyle Peterson, ESPNU

“This is a culture shock to a lot of college baseball players. Dudy Noble Field is right there with some of the great venues in all of college athletics.” – Chris Burke, ESPNU

A big thank you to our fans for the support you give. It truly makes a difference.

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DAVIS WADE STADIUM SEAT SELECTION UNDERWAY

Thank you to everyone for your patience as the seat selection of expanding Davis Wade Stadium began Monday. The Bulldog Club is working through the club spaces now, with the entire process likely running through the end of April and beginning of May. I’m told times for general seat selection are likely to be set next week, offering everyone advance notice and plenty of time to research their options.

There will be an interactive and regularly-updated chart of seats so you can see what has been taken and what is available as your turn approaches. This 3D model of the finished Davis Wade Stadium is a good tool as the process continues.

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OTHER NOTES

- Congratulations to men’s tennis star Florian Lakat, who today earned his fourth SEC Freshman of the Week honor. Very impressive.

- Sticking with men’s tennis, with their No. 17 ranking, this is Coach Per Nilsson’s team’s 47th-straight week in the ITA Top 25. Not bad.

- If you haven’t heard the news, we’re getting a new video board in Humphrey Coliseum. It ought to be a significant and welcomed upgrade

- We also announced the tour dates and stops for the Road Dawgs Tour this summer. I hope to see you along the way!

- On the links, a very big congratulations goes to Ally McDonald from Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm’s women’s golf team. In an ever-growing list of honors, Ally was selected to represent the United States in the Curtis Cup this year, a very big deal for her and our program.

- On another golf note: Jessica Peng was once again named SEC Freshman of the Week last week. The list of awards and honors from this group is starting to spill over.

- We’ve got two big tennis matches this weekend, as our men travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss and our women host the Rebels from the north on Sunday at 1 p.m.

- One last thing I thought was neat. Greenville, Mississippi, hosted “LaDarius Perkins Day” on Monday, a full day set aside to honor their native son as he graduates from MSU and heads to the NFL. On behalf of all of us, thank you for your work here LaDarius, and we look forward to seeing your continued success in life.

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I’ll see everyone the next few days for the WNIT, baseball, tennis and softball on campus, and good luck to our track and field teams in Texas and our men’s golf squad as they host Delta State at Old Waverly all day tomorrow.

Hail State! And don’t forget to wear maroon on Friday.

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Hail State!

Scott Stricklin