Diamond Dogs Begin Preseason Practice Monday

Mississippi State University opens its 2005 preseason baseball practice Monday, conducting indoor workouts in the Grisham Tunnel at Dudy Noble Field and at the Shira Fieldhouse.

Head coach Ron Polk, set to begin his 26th season at Mississippi State, will send the 44-player MSU squad through individual hitting and pitching drills Monday afternoon in the indoor batting/pitching range at Dudy Nnoble Field beginning at 2:10 p.m. and then assemble the entire squad for an evening session on Shira Fieldhouse turf beginning at 8:45 p.m. Mississippi State returns 21 lettermen in 2005, including six starting position players, the designated hitter and 12 of the 13 hurlers that threw for MSU's 35-24 edition in 2004. Junior outfielder/pitcher Brad Corley headlines that group after batting .380 with 19 home runs and earning first-team all-America and All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2004. The Bulldogs open their 2005 campaign and a 33-game home schedule Feb. 25-27 with a three-game series against Eastern Illinois. One of Mississippi State baseball's first rites of the new season unfolds this weekend at Dudy Noble Field with move-in days in State's famed outfield terrace. Nearly 75 trucks, trailers and other vehicles will be driven, towed and pushed into their assigned season-long parking areas along three rows beyond the outfield fence beginning Friday (Feb. 12).

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