NCAA Baseball: Starkville Regional Preview
Of the six SEC schools hosting NCAA regionals this weekend, two of them are from Mississippi. Starting with Mississippi State, a number six national seed for the second time in four years.
On Selection Monday, the Starkville Regional drew a field comprised of two-seed Miami, three-seed Central Michigan, and four-seed Southern University. The one-seed Bulldogs will open up with Southern on their quest for a return trip to Omaha.
After dropping two out of three in the SEC Tournament, one of those losses coming via the ten run rule, the Diamond Dawgs are ready to remind everyone how good they really are. Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Chris Lemonis said, “A good bracket. A hot Southern team that can really hit, Central Michigan has had an unbelievable year and then Miami is always Miami and they’ve had a new run here since they’ve got a new head coach and they’ve played very well so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
Mississippi State Center Fielder Jake Mangum said, “If we play our baseball I’d like to see the team that beats us. It’s not a cocky piece, it’s more along the lines of when we play our baseball I think we’re the best team in the country. We’re deep on the mound, we can hit, we play good defense but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to roll out here and play well. We’ve just got to slow things down a little bit, kind of get back to us here at home and really get locked in on this regional.”
Mississippi State will get the ball rolling at noon Friday against the Jaguars.