Each summer the Mississippi State Bulldogs take their skills across the country to play summer baseball in a variety of leagues.
The goal is to hone their craft and return to Starkville a more complete player.
This summer Hunter Renfroe has certainly made the most of his opportunity by turning in a history-making performance.
For the first time in the history of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, a player is having his number retired and enshrined on the outfield fence at Povich Field, home to the Bethesda Big Train.
Renfroe has hit 16 home runs, collected 52 RBI and scored 48 runs, all of which are records for the CRCBL.
The Bulldog outfielder received this honor prior to his game Thursday evening and will now look to the playoffs which begin today.
Success on the links
Mississippi State will be represented in the U.S. Amateur Championship for the second-consecutive year.
Barrett Edens, of Okolona, qualified for the 116th championship which will be played at Cherry Hills County Club in Denver, Colo. The MSU linkster fired a 4-under par 140 for a first place tie during the event qualifier held at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.
“Having the opportunity to play in our nation’s national championship is a big deal,” Mississippi State coach Clay Homan said in a release. “It’s an experience that Barrett will always cherish, and I know he will represent MSU well.”
Teammate Chad Ramey will also make the trip to Denver as an alternate for the Championship. He turned in a 3-under par 141 at Old Waverly.
Public practice for Bulldogs
Mississippi State opens football practice on Thursday in order to begin preparations for the 2012 season.
State fans can make plans to join the Bulldogs on Saturday as practice will be open to the public.
That marks the only scheduled time practice will be open to the general public this fall.
There will be two practice sessions on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.