March 17th, 2015
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen said there was a thought of going to the bullpen Tuesday night.
Instead, he let his starter go the distance.
Lucas Laster threw his first-career complete game and led the Bulldogs to a 5-2 victory over Eastern Illinois to end a 23-game home stand.
One swing of the bat and Tuesdayâ€™s contest might have been a different story for Starkville Academy.Â
Instead, the Volunteers were never able to capitalize on those moments as they dropped a 10-7 contest to Washington School.
The Starkville Yellowjackets were hoping that the beginning of the Class 6A, Region 3 schedule was going to bring better results.
That was not the case on Tuesday night.
Starkville was held to four hits by Northwest Rankin pitcher Hunter Smith and suffer an 11-0 loss at home.
Tyler Barnes had two of the four hits for the Jackets, while A.J. Smith and J.D. Taylor had one single each.
The Starkville Lady Jackets jumped out to an early lead on West Point and captured a victory on Tuesday.
The game was decided quickly as the Lady Jackets exerted its will early with 13 runs in the first three innings.
The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars won their season-opening softball game on Tuesday by defeating Grace Christian of Louisville 14-3 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Starkville Christian jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings, then added one run in the third, one run in the fourth and five more in the fifth.
It may not have been exactly where it expected to be or wanted to be, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team is making its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament trip in school history.
It has been a tall mountain to climb for coach Rick Ray.
Ray took over the Mississippi State program on April 1, 2012. His first year ended with a 10-22 overall record and a 4-14 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The second year saw a better overall record at 14-19, but MSU finished 3-15 in league play. Both times it won a game in the SEC Tournament.
It wasn't the greatest of weeks for the Mississippi State football program off the field.
The Clarion Ledger reported that redshirt freshman offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins of the Bulldogs was arrested Thursday on a warrant for simple assault. Records showed that the Clarksdale native was booked and released from the Oktibbeha County Jail on bond the same day.
In baseball, weather and injuries you can not predict.Â
Those are oftentimes the biggest reasons coaches give for why things end up in the loss column.Â