SEC Champs!!!

What a team effort this week from our team. Fantastic pitching, great defense, and timely hitting led to maroon celebration Sunday afternoon in Hoover. The championship game was a great game to be at. It’s something I’ll not soon forget.

Hopefully we can keep this momentum going. We’ve been selected to play in the Tallahassee Regional. Here’s the seeding:
1. Florida State
2. Mississippi State
3. Samford
4. UAB

Every time we match up with FSU, I can help but relive the GREATEST Moment in MSU Sports History. Here’s the call by Jim Ellis on that beautiful day at Dudy Noble:

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Dawgs Keep Grindin’

This team just won’t quit. I really believe we’ve made a turn in the right direction. Things are starting to show from this team’s hard work. I think the photo below says it all about the 4-3 walk off win in the 10th inning yesterday vs. LSU:

Luis Pollorena celebrates

Father/Son Tradition Renewed

IMG_1891 IMG_1890We moved back to Mississippi 8 years ago from Ft. Worth, Texas. At that time, our son (Connor) was 2 years old. We went to the SEC Baseball Tourney to see MSU play in Hoover. It was quite the celebration for my Dad and I. I had not been to an MSU baseball game in the 6 years we lived in Texas. Connor and I managed to go to the SEC tourney the next couple of years and my wife made the statement, “I like this tradition you and Connor have of going to see MSU play at the SEC tournament.” Then, the Bulldogs went through quite a slump and missed the tourney about 3 years. But last year they made it back. Hopefully, the baseball program has things going in the right direction now. Yesterday had the feel of the way things were in years past. Right now, MSU is the team no one wants to play. Hope we can keep it going and earn a chance to host a Regional next week.

Connor and I had the best time yesterday in Hoover. We saw some great SEC baseball and the Bulldogs take down LSU in one of the best baseball games I’ve seen in a while. But more importantly, Dad and son spent the day together hanging out, doing boy stuff, and experiencing life together. It’s always good when you can control your own day rather than letting it control you.

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” Proverbs 23:24

MSU Baseball Sweeps into the SEC Tourney

The Dude

The Diamond Dawgs are HOT!!! Let’s hope they can stay hot or get even hotter. If they do, they will be hard to beat. Finally, the bats are beginning to come alive. With the injuries this team has overcome, you have to think that John Cohen will be seriously considered for SEC Coach of the Year. If we can do very well (make it to the finals) in the SEC tourney, I think we have a good shot at hosting the first round of the NCAA tourney. That would boost fan interest in MSU baseball unlike we’ve seen in some time. Maybe…just maybe we’re on our way back to being a force in baseball that no one wants to play.

Busiest Time of the Year…

For our family, this is a crazy time of the year. Choir concerts, baseball games, piano lessons, prepping for church trips, etc…make May quite overwhelming. Hope everyone is having a good spring. We’re ready for the summer break. And before you know it, Fall and football will be here. Have a great day!

Facilities Update

A Message from Scott Stricklin…

The Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex continues to progress in a timely fashion at the far north end of campus, and is on schedule for an early 2013 completion of the project. Exterior framing and walls continue this week, as well as some interior framing, insulation, and sheet rock work. Approximately one-quarter of the exterior brick work is completed, as well.

Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex getting closer to completion

Demolition work on the 40-year old drainage system under Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field is complete. The conduit is complete under the actual playing surface to connect communication lines between the east and west sides. About a foot of material has been removed from the surface of the playing field and the area is being prepared for new material. Completing the field level work now clears the way for the stadium expansion plans which will come closely behind.

Scott Field being re-sodded and prepped for future stadium expansion

As you may remember, we are moving the actual playing surface to the west to center it between the stands. Previously, the west sideline – which included a wider bench area and brick walkway between the stands and the fence protecting the back of the bench area – was several feet deeper than the east side. When complete, the field will be centered between seating areas and centered in front of the Seal Building at the south end of the stadium.

The new playing surface will be sand based, much like the new playing surface that was put in at Dudy Noble Field two years ago.

A much-needed expansion and complete renovation of the athletic training room in Humphrey Coliseum, which services both basketball and golf programs, as well as volleyball and soccer, will begin in the next three to four weeks. A new roof on the Hump is between one-half and two-thirds finished.

Taking Care of Business

C, Mitch Slauter

The Diamond Dawg have won 8 of their last 10 games and the last 3 SEC series. It’s sometimes hard to remember that baseball is more of a marathon than a sprint. Just 3 weeks ago, we were pretty worried; and for good reason. The injury bug has been very prevalent this season and the bats were cold (& still haven’t warmed up much). But this team is showing grit and determination. They don’t give up. Our pitching is leading the team and now it’s beginning to rub off on the rest of the game.

I can’t think of a tougher way for us to end the season (at Florida and Kentucky in Starkville)…the 2 toughest teams in the SEC this season. But rather than wonder how in the world can we win a series or both of them, let’s look at this as an opportunity to prove that we are a top 25 team and can take 2 of 3 from both of these teams.

PG, Trivante Bloodman

In basketball news, last week we got a commit from another point guard, Trivante Bloodman. One would have to think we may be done signing for basketball. But I guess for the right person that could change. Bloodman is a guard who averaged 15 points, 3 assists, 2 steals a game. He shot 50% from the field, 74% from the FT line, & 45% behind the arc for Olney Central College…a JC in Olney, Illinois. He’s from Bronx, NY but played high school ball atWadleigh Secondary School For The Performing & Visual Arts in Manhattan, N.Y. I wonder if he can sing? Coach Ray says we got him more for defense than offense…wanted a PG that can be a pest to the other team from one end of the court to the other. Also, word sprang last week that Rodney Hood is still working out with the team and could be reconsidering his decision to transfer; possibly may stay a bulldog. I hope that being a bulldog is what’s best for Rodney.