Dak Prescott (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Monday Morning Coffee Break

A look back at last week in Mississippi State athletics.

Baseball, ranked 22nd in the nation, won two of three games against No. 10 ranked Kentucky this past weekend during Super Bulldog Weekend. State, now 22-12 overall and tied for 1st in the SEC Western Division with an 8-4 record, also won one of two midweek games against FIU.

The offensive highlight of the five games for the Diamond Dogs was the continued stellar play of junior first baseman Brent Rooker, who hit .625 with 1 double, 6 home runs and 13 RBI. For his efforts, he was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, his third such award this season, and National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.

Rooker, who is the early leader for the SEC Triple Crown, now leads the SEC in nine offensive categories (batting average (.448), slugging (1.008), on-base percentage (.548), hits (56), RBIs (56), doubles (19), home runs (15), total bases (126) and stolen bases (14)).

Former Mississippi State football great and current Dallas Cowboys starting QB Dak Prescott threw out the first pitch prior to Saturday's game.

Mississippi State will conclude their six-game homestand Tuesday night against Mississippi Valley State.

After defeating UConn 66-64 in overtime and losing to South Carolina in the national championship game 66-55, Mississippi State recorded a program-best Number 2 national ranking in the final USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. State spent the entire season ranked among the top-10.

The football team had their annual spring game in front of 16,630 fans on Super Bulldog Weekend. The White team defeated the Maroon team 21-10 thanks to two interception returns for touchdowns from redshirt freshman Cameron Dantzler (81 yards) and East Miss CC transfer Brian Cole (54 yards).

Dantzler was the defensive star of the game with two interceptions and three solo tackles.

Offensively, sophomore Nick Gibson had a great day running the ball for the Maroon team, rushing 17 times for 108 yards. Receiving-wise, junior Gabe Myles and redshirt freshman Reggie Todd recorded 4 pass receptions for 50 and 51 yards.

Closing out the final regular season tournament of the 2017 campaign, the Mississippi State men's golf team finished tied for sixth at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, 13 strokes behind winner South Florida. Freshman Peng Pichaikool had another outstanding performance, finishing tied for 4th, his third top 5 finish during the spring season.

Mississippi State now prepares for the SEC Championship Tournament which will be played April 21st at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

Softball won their first SEC series of the season, defeating South Carolina 2 of 3 games. The highlight of the weekend was senior Alexis Silkwood earning her 56th career win, a new school record. With the weekend wins, Mississippi State is now 29-13 overall and 4-8 in the SEC.

MSU travels to Athens, Georgia April 14-16 to play the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game SEC series.

The 18th ranked men's team, now 17-5 and 8-2 in the SEC, had a stellar weekend, upsetting No. 7 ranked Texas A&M 4-3 and defeating unranked LSU 5-2. It was the first conference loss for Texas A&M. Nuno Borges, a sophomore who is ranked 4th in the nation, won both of his matches. He leads the Bulldogs in singles play with a 27-5 record. 17 of his wins are against ranked opponents.

The team travels to 14th ranked Florida and 20th ranked South Carolina next weekend in their final regular season matches of the season.

The 16th ranked MSU women's team fought hard in both weekend road matches but lost to Number 1 ranked Florida 7-0 and Number 13 ranked South Carolina 4-1. Mississippi State is now 13-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Senior Jasmine Lee, now 20-6 in singles matches this season, provided MSU with their only win during the weekend.

The team concludes their regular season with a road match at unranked Ole Miss April 15th.

Track and Field:
The track and field team smashed three school records in the Crimson Tide Invitational, which helped them earn a 21st ranking in this week's USTFCCCA national rankings.

Junior Logan Boss cleared 1.89m, besting the previous school record of 1.87m. Two more school records were broken in the triple jump. Junior Tiffany Flynn broke her own record by leaping 13.33m, while freshman Alelxis Farley set a new school freshman record of 12.65m.

Next weekend, the track and field teams will divide up and participate in the South Alabama Invitational in Mobile, Alabama and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.

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