News from MSU Media Relations--June 20

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Baseball and Football.

Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior infielder Jarrod Parks (Madison, Miss.) has opened summer league competition with a bang, hitting at a .452 clip and earning Cal Ripken Senior Collegiate Baseball League player of the week honors for the opening week of the 2009 summer campaign.

The former Meridian (Miss.) Community College and Madison Central High School product collected a team-leading 14 hits and a CRSCL-best 12 RBI in helping the Bethesda (Md.) Big Train to a league-leading 9-2 start. Parks leads the league with 12 runs scored, two home runs and a.739 slugging percentage.

Parks beat out another Bulldog player with the Big Train, junior outfielder Luke Adkins (Nettleton, Miss.), for the weekly honor. Adkins has compiled a .364 batting average with 11 RBI through the first 11 games.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University has signed right-hander pitcher Michael Dixon of Austin, Texas, to a baseball scholarship, head baseball coach John Cohen announced this week.

Dixon, a 6-2, 215-pound right-hander, registered a 7-1 mark with three saves in 2009 pitching for coach Harvey McIntrye at Blinn (Texas) College. He appeared in 19 games, registering 77 strikeouts in 68 innings of mound duty while teamed with fellow MSU baseball signees Trey Johnson and Jonathan Ogden. He began his collegiate career in 2008 after signing with San Diego State, posting a 2-0 record and an 8.31 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Aztecs.

"Michael is a strong, physical right-hander that has experience pitching at the Division I level," said MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson. "The combination of his experience and talent make him a valuable addition to our pitching staff and a strong candidate for a role as a closer."

Dixon prepped at Austin's Westlake High School where he compiled a 23-7 career record with a 2.36 earned run average and 207 strikeouts in three seasons. A pitcher and first baseman, Dixon was coached by Jim Darleik, and earned first-team all-state and Austin Area Coaches Association all-star team honors after registering a 9-1 regular season record with a 2.18 earned run average. He fashioned a 2-2 mark in postseason play as the WHS Chaparrals advanced to the region semifinals.

At the plate he hit at a .461 clip in 2007 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI and an .820 slugging percentage in 29 games. A three-time all-district performer and two-time All-Central Texas selection, Dixon posted a 7-4 mark with a 1.56 ERA and a .395 batting average as a junior en route to second-team all-state honors in 2006. Additionally, he earned academic all-district honors in 2007.

The MSU signee is the son of Donna and Mike Dixon of Austin, Texas.


Football
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State sophomore offensive lineman D.J. Looney has been selected to represent the Southeastern Conference as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Looney's term begins immediately and ends in September of 2011, at which time he would be eligible for re-appointment.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is part of the governing structure of the NCAA, and meets regularly in person and through conference calls. The Division I SAAC is comprised of representatives from each conference, and their input is sought in several NCAA initiatives from rule changes to student-athlete welfare.

"This is a great honor to most importantly represent Mississippi State, and also the best conference in the country," Looney said. "I'm excited about the opportunity and look forward to going to Denver and getting started."

The committee will have its first meeting with the new leadership next month in Denver, and will also meet in Indianapolis in November and at the NCAA Convention next spring in Atlanta.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Looney played in four games during his redshirt freshman season a year ago, earning one start.


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