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State First Baseman is Sixth Diamond Dog to Win Ferriss Honor

The great Mississippian and great Diamond Dog is no longer with us. Still the spirit of Boo Ferriss remains with the game wherever played in this state. And the trophy which bears Boo’s name again goes to a Mississippi State player.

Brent Rooker received the 2017 edition of the Boo Ferriss Trophy at today’s annual presentation ceremony. Rooker, the junior first baseman and SEC’s current offensive leader, received the trophy at the state’s Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson.

Rooker becomes the sixth Mississippi State player to receive the award which was first presented in 2004. He also scores a ‘repeat’ for Bulldog baseball as outfielder Jake Mangum won the Ferriss Trophy last year, as a true freshman.

That was the last time the trophy was presented by Ferriss, who passed away last fall.

Rooker joins shortstop Thomas Berkery 2004, catcher Ed Easley 2007, pitcher Chris Stratton 2012, outfielder Hunter Renfroe 2013, and Mangum 2016 as Bulldogs winning the Ferriss Trophy.

Rooker finished the regular season with a .415 average, best on both the Bulldog roster and in the Southeastern Conference so far. He also leads with 20 home runs and 73 RBI which puts him on pace to be the league’s first triple crown batter since Rafael Palmerio in 1984. This won’t be settled until all contenders have completed their seasons though, as post-season statistics count.

The SEC has its own honors to present, not just the all-conference teams but the Player and Pitcher of the Year. Since the POTY began in 1993 no Bulldog has won it, though after the award was split in 2003 to add a Pitcher of the Year Stratton did take this in 2012.

Mississippi State leaves this afternoon for a 5:40 practice at Hoover, ahead of Tuesday’s late-game matchup with Georgia. Tuesday’s four games are all single elimination with survivors advancing to the double-elimination round.

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