STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State baseball will be well-represented in the 2011 American Legion Baseball World Series that begins August 12 in North Carolina. A trio of Diamond Dogs are members of the Tupelo 49ers baseball team that has advanced to the eight-team field of this year's ALWS.
Pitchers Tanner Gaines (Baldwyn, Miss.) and Will Cox (Amory, Miss.) along with outfielder Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler, Miss.) compete for the Tupelo club that captured the American Legion Mid-South Regional last week in Minden, La., and take on West Regional champion Las Vegas, Nev., in a 12 p.m. (CT) opening round game Friday at Keeton Stadium/Veteran's Field in Shelby, N.C. The 49ers are coached by former Mississippi State signee Kirk Presley.
Gaines, a 2010 graduate of Baldwyn High School, was a redshirt member of the MSU baseball team in 2011. Cox pitched last spring at Amory High School while Woodruff capped his prep career as an outfielder in 2011 at Wheeler High School.
ESPN3.com will provide live television coverage of the five-day, double-elimination American Legion World Series.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Featuring four fall tournaments and seven spring tournaments, the Mississippi State men's golf schedule lands the Bulldogs in eight states across the South.
The season begins in Hattiesburg at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate hosted by Southern Mississippi at the Hattiesburg Country Club on Sept. 12. In the 2010 edition of the event, MSU garnered a fourth-place finish and placed two Bulldogs in a tie for fifth.
On Oct. 3, the Bulldogs travel to the Old Overton Club in Birmingham, for the Jerry Pate National Collegiate hosted by the Alabama. During the 2010 tournament, two Bulldog's earned Top 25 finishes including Chad Ramey's tie for seventh.
MSU heads south on Oct. 17 for the LSU-hosted David Toms Invitational at the Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, La. With a seventh-place finish in 2010, the Bulldogs look to notch a Top 5 performance this season.
The next stop for the linksters is the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. N.C., on Oct. 29.
Mississippi State kicks of the spring slate with a trip to the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville on Feb. 11 for the Gator Invitational.
Nine days later the linksters head to Mobile, Ala., to the Magnolia Grove Golf Club for the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. MSU has appeared in South Alabama-hosted event for seven-consecutive years, highlighted by the 2009 Maroon and White squad that brought home the title.
March 9 showcases the Bulldogs at the Florida State-hosted Seminole Intercollegiate at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
A week later Mississippi State travels to Laredo, Texas, for the Border Olympics hosted by the University of Houston at the Laredo Country Club.
On April 2, the Bulldogs stay in the Magnolia State to show out at the BancorpSouth Reunion Intercollegiate at the Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss.
For one last tune-up before the SEC Championship, MSU travels to Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn., for the Memphis Intercollegiate.
Mississippi State looks to once again bring the SEC Championship trophy back to Starkville as the season culminates at the SEC Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.
The NCAA Regionals will be held at various sites beginning May 17, and the NCAA Championship will be held at the Riviera Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on May 29.