Mississippi State baseball looking to bounce back in 2023

From last year’s national champs to the year before that’s national champs, Mississippi State also holding media day in Starkville today.

The Bulldogs certainly appearing to have fallen victim to the championship hangover, losing 12 out of their last 13 games en route to a 26-30 season with no post-season not even a trip to the SEC Tournament.

But there’s a reason coaches say it is easier to coach after a loss. Head Coach Chris Lemonis said, “One of the toughest things in this age is playing for the team and being a part of a team and being together and I think we showed that in ’21, how tough a team we were, and we have to get back to being a tough team. Our league is probably as good as it’s ever been right now.”

Infielder/Catcher Luke Hancock said, “Last year was embarrassing to this program, embarrassing to us and it’s not what Mississippi State baseball is about. I mean it’s a new year. Nobody cares about last year. We especially don’t care about last year. We’re just looking forward to getting on the field this year.”

Outfielder Kellum Clark said, “I think that it’s going to help us because nobody wants that bad taste in their mouth anymore. But yeah, we’ve been working. We’ve been working in silence. I think every one of us is ready to get back out there and prove something.”

Mississippi State begins its fresh slate with a three-game series against Virginia Military Institute starting February 17th.

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