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.