MSU Banana Split Series Begins Oct. 14th

STARKVILLE, Miss. - To the victors go the spoils. And in the case of Mississippi State University's fall practice-ending baseball series set to begin this weekend at Dudy Noble Field, the spoils are tasty banana splits courtesy of the losing team in the annual Banana Split Series.

The five-game series gets underway with game one Friday at 4:15 p.m., contining this weekend with 2:50 p.m. contests both Saturday and Sunday. The series will conclude with mid-afternoon contests Tuesday and Wednesday.

MSU's 44-player fall baseball roster and the Bulldog coaching staff will be divided for the fall baseball series, which is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"We divide the roster as evenly as we can to make the five-game series as competitive as possible," said MSU skipper Ron Polk. Polk, set to embark on his 27th season as head baseball coach at Mississippi State, will serve as the commissioner of the series and watch the competition from the Dudy Noble Field press box. "It's a great way to finish up our six weeks of fall baseball practice. The kids like competing against each other and the winning team enjoys getting treated by the losing team to a banana split."

Seven starting position players and 11 pitchers return from the 2005 Mississippi State team that posted a 42-22 record and captured the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs are slated to open the 2006 campaign and a 32-game home schedule Feb. 24-26 with a three-game series against Marist.

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