Starkville, Miss. – With Opening Day two days away, here are several news items regarding the Mississippi State baseball team.
OPENING WEEKEND NOTES
· To celebrate “Date Night at The Dude” for Valentine’s Day Friday, the concessions at Dudy Noble will offer two drinks, two hot dogs and cotton candy for just $15.
· Former MSU All-American Jeff Brantley will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s game.
· The first 1,000 fans at Saturday’s game will receive a Maroon and White baseball pennant celebrating MSU’s nine College World Series appearances.
· The forecast for this weekend calls for partly cloudy skies Friday with a high of 59 and zero percent chance of rain, a high of 54 Saturday with 10 percent and a high of 62 Sunday with 10 percent.
MORE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-Americans Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder were named to the preseason watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. Mississippi State is the only school in the country to have two players on the watch list for the award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
In addition, Perfect Game released its lists of Top-100 Seniors and Top-100 Juniors in college baseball. Outfielder Demarcus Henderson and All-SEC second baseman Brett Pirtle made the senior list for MSU, while pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Jacob Lindgren were selected to the junior list.
MORE PRESEASON RANKINGS
Mississippi State was voted by the SEC’s 14 baseball coaches to finish second in the SEC West in the 23rd annual preseason SEC poll. Seven coaches picked MSU to win its division, while four skippers selected the Bulldogs to win the conference.
SEC Champion: South Carolina (5), LSU (4), Mississippi State (4), Vanderbilt (1)
In addition, ESPN.com listed MSU 13th in its preseason power rankings.
BULLDOGS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Former Mississippi State All-American Paul Maholm recently signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the organization announced late last week. The southpaw is now part of the 40-man roster.
San Diego Padres’ 2013 first-round pick Hunter Renfroe was in Starkville this past Tuesday to appear on Scott Stricklin’s #HailState Radio Show. To listen to an archive of the show, click here.
COWBELL YELL THURSDAY
The first-ever Cowbell Yell at Dudy Noble Field will take place Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Cowbell Yell at Dudy Noble will serve as the annual meeting for “The Dudes,” MSU baseball’s student fan group. While the event is aimed to increase student involvement within the program, all fans are invited to the ballpark to help signal in the 2014 campaign. Students can join the 2014 Dudes program by scanning their student ID’s at the entrance and can acquire this year’s Dudes shirt at the event.
MEDIA DAY RECAP
Mississippi State held its annual media day this past Monday. For more than 40 minutes of video as well as a photo gallery and a transcript, click here.
Opening Day at home against Hofstra is at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. For more information on the event, follow the team on social media by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.