News from MSU Media Relations--July 21

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

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State athletic officials announced the school's ticket office processed more than 500 orders for the Sept. 5 season-opener against Jackson State. Today was the first day single-game tickets for the season opener were available to the general public.

The ticket office also began selling group ticket packages for the season lidlifter today, offering discounts to groups of 20 or more. Seating for those ticket groups will be located in the upper west side of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

Limited donor season tickets are still available in east side Sections Q, T and U, as well as west stand Sections B, F, and G. Those tickets require membership in the Bulldog Club.

Bulldog Club members can purchase single-game tickets in addition to their season ticket plans now, while general public single-game tickets for all other games will go on sale August 3.

For more information, fans are encouraged to contact the ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS (1-888-463-2947) or visit the athletic department web site (

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Former Mississippi State catcher Craig Tatum has become the latest Bulldog player to advance to the Major League level of professional baseball.

The Hattiesburg, Miss., native, a third round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2004, was called up by Cincinnati Monday. He replaces catcher Ramon Hernandez on the Reds' roster.

Tatum prepped at Hattiesburg High School before signing with Mississippi State. Following a redshirt season in 2002, he became the Bulldogs' starting receiver in 2003 and 2004. Tatum hit .325 with 13 home runs and a team-leading 60 RBI en route to second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a sophomore in 2004.

He has played the entire 2009 season with Cincinnati's Triple-A Louisville Bats, compiled a .239 batting average with three home runs and 21 runs batted in over 64 games.

The Reds open a three-game series Monday night at Los Angeles.

Tatum joins three other former Diamond Dogs currently playing on the Major League level - pitcher Paul Maholm (Pittsburgh Pirates), pitcher Brandon Medders (San Francisco Giant) and pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (Boston Red Sox).

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