Mitchell Prepared for Senior Campaign

All-American lefty Ross Mitchell is set to toe the mound this weekend as the Diamond Dawgs of Mississippi State begin the 2015 campaign. For Mitchell, this is spring is his final spring as a Bulldog hurler. Throughout his career, Mitchell has been known as a pitcher who simply gets outs. The senior southpaw will look to get his final Bulldog season off on the right foot this weekend.

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Heading into the season, Mitchell has a positive outlook about the 2015 schedule. At the same time, he wonders where the time went.

"It's kind of a mix of everything," Mitchell said. "It's been such a wonderful experience being here. I have experienced a lot here in three years. We've had an SEC Championship and a college world series, but you want to win that too.

"I would love to go out with a national championship. I would love to be on the team that brought the first one here."

It is hard to believe that Mitchell is now a senior. So much has happened during his time in Starkville, but the Tennessee native still has some things left to accomplish.

"It feels like I have been here about twelve years," Mitchell grinned. "I am excited about what's next, but right now I am focused on this year, this team. I am really excited about this team.

"In other years, we kind of had an idea about how good we were going to be. I think this team is really more of a mystery. I haven't really figured this team out yet. I think that is sort of a good thing though. I am excited to see what we can be."

The Bulldog faithful have learned to cheer for Mitchell when he is on the bump and in the dugout leading the antics of the famed Bench Mobb. Even as an All-American, Mitchell was known for his eccentric behavior as the leader of the pack who were determined to keep the team loose.

"I still have that in me," Mitchell said through a sly smile. "I think it's all about the guys around you. I think we may have the guys around us this year to bring that out of every single person.

"Two years ago, the Bench Mobb just happened. Last year, we just tried to force it instead of just letting it happen. I am not going to try to force anything this year, but I feel like we have a fun group of guys this year that are really going to be as eccentric as I was. I feel like it's going to be a group that people are going to be drawn to."

Growing up out of state, Mitchell had an appreciate on what Mississippi State baseball was. Now that he has nearly four years invested in the Diamond Dawg legacy, Mitchell has an ever better understanding of what it means to be a part of the Bulldog family.

"I wish everybody got the chance to play here," Mitchell said. "It's just different. There are other great teams and other great traditions, but I don't think there is another one like this.

"The fans just gravitate to the players here. I wish every college player had the chance to experience this. I am blessed to have had this opportunity. It's something I wouldn't trade for anything. I would come back twenty more times if I was given the opportunity to do it all over again.

"I am happy for all of the younger guys who have made their decisions to come here. There is simply nothing like this in all of college baseball."

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