STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Mississippi State University has signed infielder Casey Hamilton of Catlettsburg, Ky., to a national letter of intent in baseball, MSU head baseball coach Ron Polk announced.

Hamilton, a 6-1, 180-pound left-handed hitting infielder, is a three-year starter at Boyd County High School, where he is coached by his father, Jody Hamilton. A two-time Kentucky all-state selection and three-time all-area performer, Hamilton hit .473 in helping lead the BCHS Lions to a 33-6-1 record and the 2001 state title.

"Casey is an outstanding young man who has displayed tremendous skills in the infield and with the bat playing for his father at Boyd County High School," said MSU coach Ron Polk. "He was a highly-recruited young man, and we are excited that he has chosen Mississippi State University to continue his baseball career after he completes his senior year in high school."

He has compiled a .458 batting average in three seasons as a starter at Boyd County, piling up 167 hits (40 doubles), 143 runs batted in and 38 stolen bases in 41 attempts. Hamilton led the Kentucky prep ranks with 67 RBI as a sophomore and with a senior season remaining stands to finish second on Kentucky's all-time high school career hits list. He was named to the all-tournament teams in both regional and sectional competition, selected for the 2001 Kentucky East/West All-Star Series and invited to the 2001 East Coast Professional Showcase in Wilmington, N.C.

"I'm very excited about becoming a part of the Mississippi State baseball program and its outstanding tradition," said Hamilton. "The family atmosphere surrounding the program is unique and I really felt at home during my visit there. It is an honor to be welcomed by Coach Polk and his excellent coaching staff."

He is the son of Jody and Denise Hamilton of Catlettsburg, Ky.

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