Diamond Dogs Ink Two

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Chad Girodo, a prep pitching standout from Falkville, Ala., and middle infielder Jonathan Ogden from Houston, Texas, have become the first two spring signees for baseball at Mississippi State University, MSU head baseball coach John Cohen announced this week.

Girodo is a 6-1, 176-pound left-handed pitcher from Hartselle High School, where he is coached by William Booth and is a teammate of 2008 fall MSU baseball signee Luke Bole. Ogden, a 5-10, 175-pound shortstop, plays for coach Harvey McIntyre at Blinn (Texas) College. He is the second Blinn College signee on MSU's 2008-09 baseball recruiting class, joining fall baseball signee Trey Johnson.

"We're looking forward to having Chad and Jonathan in our program," said Cohen. "They both fall into that 'late-bloomer' category. They've had tremendous seasons this spring and both have the ability to make our program better immediately."

 The two join 14 Mississippi State baseball signees announced during the November recruiting period.

CHAD GIRODO, LHP, 6-1, 176, L-L, Falkville, Ala. (Hartselle High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letter-winner and three-year starter at Hartselle High School | Coached by William Booth | With the 2009 season continuing, has compiled a 12-1 record with two saves and an 0.50 earned run average | Has allowed four earned runs with 101 strikeouts and seven walks over 70.2 innings | Honorable mention 2009 ATP Pre-Season All-State selection | Prep teammate of MSU fall 2008 signee Luke Bole | Posted an 8-5 record with two saves, 115 strikeouts and a 1.90 earned run average as a junior in 2008 | Has compiled a 25-11-6 career record with six saves and 298 career strikeouts over four seasons at HHS | A member of the A-B Honor Roll at Hartselle High School | Played summer league baseball for the Excel Blue Wave, coached by former Bulldogs Matthew Maniscalco and Steve Gendron | Notched 6-1 record with a 1.51 ERA during 2008 competition.

PERSONAL: Born Chad Alan Girodo on February 6, 1991 in Decatur, Ala. | Son of Joyce Turrentine and Danny Girodo.

COHEN ON GIRODO: "It is extremely rare to find a high school pitcher with more than 100 strikeouts and just seven walks. Chad is a strike-throwing machine, and with 10 pickoffs already this year he possesses the ability to control the running game."

JONATHAN OGDEN, SS, 5-10, 175, R-R, Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair High School/Blinn (Texas) College

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starting shortstop at Blinn College, where he is coached by Harvey McIntrye | Through 42 games played sports a .248 batting average with 26 RBI, 11 doubles and six home runs | Has had a hand in 23 of Blinn's 33 double plays | Successful on seven of eight stolen base attempts | Teammate of 2008 fall MSU baseball signee Trey Johnson | Posted a .215 batting average and cracked two home runs as a freshman in 2008.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year starting infielder at Cy-Fair High School | Hit .351 as a senior, helping lead coach John Pope | Bobcat baseball team to a 32-win season and a state championship | Collected 36 hits, including 19 doubles, two triples and 11 home runs | Stole 16 bases in 11 attempts | Earned all-tournament team honors as a shortstop at the 2007 state championship tournament | Played summer league baseball for the Houston Sting, coached by Charlie Hayes.

PERSONAL: Born Jonathan Thomas Ogden on July 15, 1988 in Houston, Texas | Son of Steve and Joanne Ogden of Houston, Texas.

COHEN ON OGDEN: "Jonathan one of the top defensive shortstops in the country. He's an outstanding competitor who brings great athletic ability and leadership skills to our team."

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