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Ethan Small

STARKVILLE – In front of the programs opening game at the 2019 College World Series, the Mississippi State baseball trio of sophomore Justin Foscue, senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small each garnered All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday (June 15).
 
Small and Mangum each earned a spot on the first team, making Mississippi State the only school with two ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Americans in2019. Small has now earned a spot on the first team from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball and Perfect Game. The first-team All-American honor for Mangum is the first of his career, as he owns four second-team and three third-team honor in his career.
 
Foscue grabbed second-team accolades and now owns a spot on the All-America second team from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and D1Baseball, and third-team honors from Baseball America and Perfect Game.
 
The Collegiate Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year, Small became just the second Diamond Dawg pitcher to earn Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in program history and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Small is the first Diamond Dawg to garner first-team All-America accolades since Jacob Lindgren did so from Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2014.

The 15th Diamond Dawg in program history to hear his name called in the first round, Small was the fifth MSU student-athlete drafted in the first round in the last eight years, joining Brent Rooker (2017), Hudson (2016), Hunter Renfroe (2013) and Stratton (2012).

Small has been up to the challenge each week as the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs, posting a 10-2 record – including a 7-1 mark in SEC play – and a 1.76 ERA. The southpaw has now allowed more than three runs in a start all season long. Overall, he has limited the opposition to two-or-fewer runs in 16 of 17 starts. He is the first MSU pitcher since Ross Mitchell (13; 2013) reached double-digits in the win column.

Against ranked opponents, Small posted a 6-2 record and 1.48 ERA in 10 starts, with Mississippi State owning a 7-3 record in those games. Two of those three losses came in one-run games, while the other loss was a two-run loss at Arkansas. In 61 innings of work versus the nation's best teams, Small has allowed just 12 runs on 27 hits. He struck out 98 and walked just 18, limiting the opposition to a .131 batting average against.

On the career charts, Small owns 310 strikeouts and is just the third Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 300-strikeout mark for a career, joining Eric Dubose (428; 1995-07) and Jeff Brantley (364; 1982-85). His 168 strikeouts this season are No. 2 on the MSU single-season list and sit No. 6 on. The SEC's single-season charts, trailing DuBose (174; 1996) on both lists.

Enjoying one of the storied careers in Southeastern Conference history, Mangum capped his final trek through the regular season with his third first-team All-SEC selection. He is the first Diamond Dawg to ever earn three, first-team All-SEC honors and is the only MSU baseball student-athlete to ever garner four selections to the All-SEC team, grabbing second-team honors as a sophomore.

Even more impressive, Mangum is just the 16 SEC baseball student-athlete to every earn three first-team all-conference selections since the conference was founded in 1933. The All-America honors in 2019 also make him one of seven Diamond Dawgs in program history to multiple All-America honors from the major reporting publications of college baseball.

During the regular season, Mangum moved his name atop the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference all-time hits charts. He passed Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) for the MSU record and LSU's Eddy Furniss (352; 1995-97) for the SEC career record. The switch-hitting center fielder has 378 hits to rank No. 5 all-time in NCAA history.

Mangum has 100-plus hits on the season for the second-straight year and is the first Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 100-hits mark multiple times in a career. He piled up 101 in 2018, before totaling 103 in 2019. He is one of just four SEC baseball student-athletes to post back-to-back 100-hit seasons, joining Tennessee's Chris Burke and the LSU duo of Todd Walker and Wes Grisham.

Foscue had a breakout sophomore year, playing two positions on the infield during the 2019 campaign. He is the first Diamond Dawg to earn All-America honors at second base since 1998 when Brad Freeman garnered second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

In starts at third base and second base, the right-handed hitter boosted his batting average nearly 100 points during his second season and his 14 home runs are the most in a single season since Brent Rooker hit 23 in 2017. A first-team All-SEC pick, he already owns career highs in average (.338), runs scored (65), doubles (22), home runs (14), hits (89), RBIs (59) and total bases (153). His 22 doubles also rank tied for No. 8 on the single-season charts.

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TD Ameritrade Park

STARKVILLE – For the second-straight season and 11th time in program history, the Mississippi State baseball program opens play at the College World Series. The No. 6 national seeded Diamond Dawgs will begin their stay at the 2019 event against a familiar foe in SEC West Division foe Auburn on Sunday (June 16).
 
The final game of the opening round of the 2019 College World Series will start at 6:30 p.m. CT and air on ESPN2 with Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, Eduardo Perez and Kris Budden calling the game. Fans can also follow along on the Mississippi State Radio Network and via the ESPN app or ESPN.com/watch.
 
Mississippi State swept through the Regional and Super Regional rounds at Dudy Noble Field, beating Southern, Central Michigan and Miami (Fla.) in the regional round, before topping Stanford twice in the NCAA Starkville Super Regional.
 
State was 2-2 at the 2018 College World Series, opening its stay with wins over Washington and North Carolina, before falling twice to eventual national champion Oregon State. Overall, MSU owns a 12-20 record at the event, with its best finish a runner-up showing in 2013.
 
 
Gameday Information
 
Sunday, June 16 (6:30 p.m. CT; ESPN2)
No. 6 seed Mississippi State vs. Auburn
 
Live Video: https://hailst.at/2WC8VZO
Live Audio: https://hailst.at/audio
Live Stats: https://hailst.at/2WDRXKt
 
All of Mississippi State's postseason games can be heard on the Mississippi State Sports Network, along with a live audio stream via HailState.com/plus.

GA Ticket Line Information
GA tickets can be purchased for $15 and the line for entry forms on 10th street adjacent to TD Ameritrade. GA tickets gain entry into the bleacher seating in sections 125-136. The stadium generally opens two hours prior to first pitch, depending on the length of the first game of the day. 
 
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Reserved Ticket Lottery Drawing
Reserved tickets are available for purchase for each game. Each day at 9 AM, a random drawing is conducted for the starting point in the line outside of the Gate 2 ticket office. The ticket office then opens at 10 AM to purchase tickets for that day's games.  
 
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Clear Bag Policy
Clear bags not exceeding 12x12x6 will be allowed inside the stadium as well as clutch-style bags, with or without a strap, that don't exceed 4.5x 6.5. Clear, gallon-size freezer bags also are allowed.
 
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Quick Hitters
  • Redshirt-junior Ethan Small was tabbed National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, becoming the first MSU student-athlete to win the award from the organization.
    MORE ON PAGE 13
  • Mississippi State is making its 11th appearance at the College World Series after defeating Stanford in the NCAA Starkville Super Regional.
    MORE ON PAGE 6, 8 & 9
  • Earlier this season, Mississippi State and Auburn played an epic series that saw a late-inning rally in game one and 35 total runs from MSU in the final two games.
    MORE ON PAGE 18
  • Head coach Chris Lemonis became the winningest first-year head coach in Southeastern Conference history versus South Carolina with his 45th win of the year, passing LSU's Smoke Laval (44, 2002).
    MORE ON PAGE 20
  • The trio of redshirt-junior Ethan Small, senior Jake Mangum and sophomore Justin Foscue all earned All-America honors from Baseball America, marking the most in a single year for MSU by the  publication.
    MORE ON PAGE 22
  • Senior Jake Mangum already owns the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference record for career hits, and at the NCAA Starkville Regional became the fourth SEC student-athlete with back-to-back 100-hit campaigns.
    MORE ON PAGE 14-16
  • Freshman JT Ginn owns two National Freshman of the Year honors, while becoming the 36th Freshman All-American in Mississippi State history.
    MORE ON  PAGE 22
  • The Diamond Dawgs lead the NCAA in doubles and are No. 2 in hits entering the College World Series, while ranking No. 5 in runs scored.
    MORE ON PAGE 18 & 42
  • Mississippi State will meet Auburn for the 204th  time  overall and first in the NCAA postseason in its opening game of the College World Series, owning a 109-93-1 record versus the Tigers.
    MORE ON PAGE 11
  • Senior Jake Mangum, sophomore Tanner Allen, sophomore Justin Foscue and sophomore Jordan Westburg each own 20-plus doubles, marking just the first time in school history four Bulldogs have 20-plus doubles in a single season.
    MORE ON PAGE 18
  • Of the 13 losses in 2019 for the Diamond Dawgs, five of them have come in one-run games, with four of those against ranked opponents.
  • Redshirt-junior Ethan Small and freshman JT Ginn posted just the fourth season in program history with multiple 100-strikeout pitchers.
    MORE ON PAGE 12 & 19
  • Mississippi State won a 17-inning tilt with LSU to open its stay at the SEC Tournament, marking the longest game in program history. MORE ON PAGE 19
 
 
Series Notes
  • Mississippi State and Auburn have met 203 times prior to the 2019 College World Series opener, with the Bulldogs owning a 109-93-1 edge on the all-time ledger.
  • Auburn swept three games from State in the first meetings between the two program in 1908. Those games were played at Auburn
  • The two SEC West Division foes met earlier this season, with Mississippi State taking the series 2-1 in Starkville. Auburn won  the opener, before MSU claimed the final two games.
  • The only non-decision between the two teams came in a 1-1 tied during the 1915 season. That season, State took the first two games of the series in Columbus, Miss. before tying in the finale.
  • The longest winning streak in the series belongs to Mississippi State at 16 games. The Diamond Dawgs carried that streak from 1982-85. State also owns a pair of six-game winning streaks.
  • Auburn's longest winning streak is six games, which spanned from 1916-1947.

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Chris Woods NCAA Championships

by Bill Martin and Brian Ogden, MSU Athletic Communications

STARKVILLE –
After guiding the Mississippi State men's team to its third-highest point total in school history at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month, Chris Woods has been named head coach of the Bulldog men's and women's track and field teams, Director of Athletics John Cohen announced on Friday.

"We conducted a national search, and the best fit for our next head coach was right here in Starkville," Cohen said. "I am excited for Chris and the future of Mississippi State track and field. Chris knows exactly what it means to be a Bulldog having lettered and served as assistant coach and interim head coach at Mississippi State. Our program continues to produce many of the world's best, All-Americans and champions at a record pace. Chris understands what it takes for our program to continue the path to championships and develop our student-athletes to the fullest. My sincere congratulations goes out to Chris, Wanda, Trace and Cade." 

"This is one of the happiest days of my life," Woods said. "It's an honor to serve my alma mater and a dream come true. I would like to thank my family who stuck with me through the process. I also would like to thank John Cohen and (President) Mark Keenum for this wonderful opportunity. I love Mississippi State. It's important that every day, we put our best foot forward always in the best interest of Mississippi State. My vision for Mississippi State track and field is for us to climb even further heights with the focus on winning championships."

In addition, throws coach April Thomas has been promoted to associate head coach. The leader of "JavU," Thomas' squad swept the men's javelin podium at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, marking the first time since 1964 that a school had achieved the feat. Thomas was tabbed USTFCCCA South Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year last month.

Woods had served as the interim head coach since Sept. 20, 2018, after five seasons as a sprinters and relays coach for both the MSU men and women. With its 11th-place and 24-point showing at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, State secured its third-highest point total in program history and second-best mark since 1982. Woods helped guide the men and women to a combined seven All-America honors this outdoor season.

MSU's men put together the most-decorated outdoor season in program history, claiming more SEC Athletes of the Week and USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week than ever before along with four All-America accolades.

The Bulldogs put six men on the podium at the SEC Championships, the most since State earned eight medals in 2003. They finished the conference meet with 57 points, their highest total since 2012. MSU's eighth-place SEC Outdoors finish was its best since 2015. Woods spearheaded the Bulldogs to nine medals, representing their most since 2003.

In addition, a total of 28 men and women athletes qualified for the NCAA East Prelims, which was a program record. The Bulldog men broke two school records, including the oldest, untied, Championship-event record in the program's record book.

The highlight of the 2019 outdoor season came when The Bowerman semifinalist Anderson Peters led an MSU javelin sweep of the podium. Peters successfully defended his national title, becoming the first MSU athlete to claim consecutive national championships. He threw a personal-best 86.62m (284-2), breaking his own school, meet and national records. Peters landed three attempts beyond 84.00m and threw six collegiate all-time top-10 marks this year alone.

State's trio of Peters, Curtis Thompson and Tyriq Horsford was just the 11th sweep of any event podium in NCAA history. Stephen Jones broke Simeon Kigen's steeplechase record that had stood since 1982 by one second. In all, nine new marks landed in the men's all-time top five this year.

On the women's side, Tiffany Flynn and Logan Boss both earned All-America status to close their storied careers earlier this month. Flynn finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.32m (43-8.5), while Boss tied for 12th in the high jump, clearing 1.78m (5-10.0). The 2019 outdoor season saw four women's school records fall along with two freshmen records. The Bulldogs added 14 new marks to the program's all-time outdoor top five.

In his time as an assistant, Woods coached Bulldog athletes to 17 All-American selections and two SEC championships. His student-athletes hold 40 times in the MSU record books. In 2018 alone, Woods' athletes put 15 new marks among the top five in MSU history.

Four of the top five times in both the men's and women's indoor 4x400m relay came under his watch. In the men's indoor 800m, the only time among the top five that he did not coach is his own set in 2008, which is still the fourth-fastest in school history.

In 2018, he led Ro'Derick Spears to a school-record 13.65 in the outdoor 110m hurdles. Spears also joined Herbert Wise III, Willie-Lionel Reed and Charles Brockman III to break the school record in the outdoor shuttle hurdle relay twice that year. He also coached the 400m leg of the women's indoor distance medley relay that set the MSU record in 2017 and the women's indoor 4x400m relay team that broke that record in 2015.

Woods competed as a Middle Distance athlete for the Maroon and White from 2005-08. As a student-athlete, Woods garnered two-time All-America honors and four-time All-SEC accolades.

Before coming to MSU, Woods served as head coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Prior to his time with Claflin, Woods was instrumental in the success of Abilene Christian University's track and field program as the men's and women's long sprints, middle and long distance coach. Under his direction at Abilene Christian, Woods aided his team to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in men's track and field.

In 2011, Woods coached five runners who garnered multiple honors. Desmond Jackson claimed five All-America honors, Amos Sang claimed four All-America accolades, while Jordan Geary, Partis Rovertson and Lavance Williams each claimed All-America honors under Woods' direction.

In 2010, Woods coached nine All-America athletes, including multiple All-America honorees Desmond Jackson, James Hardin and Amos Sang.

A native of Covington, Georgia, Woods graduated from MSU in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in clinical exercise physiology. Woods is married to former two-time Olympian Wanda Hutson. The couple has two sons, Trace and Cade.

What They Are Saying …

"Mississippi State got it right. Chris is a son of the soil. He's a Mississippi State Bulldog true and true. He will carry the banner of his alma mater to high heights. He will do it the right way and work hard to see Mississippi State continue at the level at which they're doing it and reach beyond to even greater."
- Lonnie Greene, Kentucky Head Coach

"I think Chris Woods is a great hire as the new Mississippi State head track and field coach. I've watched him as their interim coach, and I admire the way he has led and inspired his team throughout the season. I don't believe anyone could bring more passion and enthusiasm to the program than Chris Woods, who has been a Mississippi State student-athlete, graduate and assistant coach. I wish Chris much success as the new Mississippi State head coach." 
- Ralph Spry, Auburn Head Coach 


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19-06-14-Senior_Class

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Mississippi State baseball senior student-athlete Jake Mangum has been selected as the 2019 Senior CLASS Award® winner in baseball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
 
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 
 
"Winning the Senior CLASS Award means a lot to me, because coming back for my senior season was a hard decision. This just proves that it was the right one," said Mangum, who became the SEC's all-time hits leader this season, breaking LSU's Eddy Furniss' 21-year-old record of 352. "My four years at Mississippi State have been special to me. When I arrived, I didn't really know how to handle all of the things that being a student-athlete throws at you, but I was lucky to be surrounded by great teammates and coaches. Our fan base, the university and our program have meant so much to me. I have tried my hardest to represent my family and Mississippi State the best I can."
 
Leading the Bulldogs back to the College World Series this season, Mangum earned second-team All-America honors from Baseball America. Also earning his third first-team All-SEC selection, he became the first MSU baseball student-athlete ever to earn three first-team All-SEC honors and the only one to notch four selections to the All-SEC team.

With the All-America honors in 2019, Mangum joined four-time MLB All-Star Rafael Palmeiro as MSU's only three-time All-American and became one of just seven Diamond Dawgs to earn multiple All-America honors from the major reporting publications of college baseball. While setting the Mississippi State and SEC all-time hits record, Mangum currently ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA history with 378 hits heading into the College World Series. He also is the only baseball player in MSU history to record multiple 100-hit seasons.
 
"We are excited for Jake to win the Senior CLASS Award," said Head Coach Chris Lemonis. "He is a great representative of our program and Mississippi State University. Even with the demands of being a student-athlete, he continues to spend a lot of time with our fans and with community outreach in our area. He made a decision to come back for his senior year because of his love for this program and his love for the Mississippi State community."
 
As dedicated as he was to making an impact on the field throughout his time at Mississippi State, Mangum also displayed a drive for excellence in both the classroom and community. Despite being selected in the MLB Draft in both 2017 and 2018, Mangum returned to MSU for his senior season to complete his degree in business administration. During his time at MSU, he also earned Dean's Scholar, SEC Academic Honor Roll and SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll honors for his work in the classroom.
 
A mentor to the younger players and a team leader, Mangum also took the opportunity to contribute to the program's community service efforts, including its events with the Challenger League—a baseball league for kids and adults with special needs.
 
"We're thrilled that Jake Mangum was voted as our baseball Senior CLASS Award this season," said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. "What he has accomplished on the field is incredible, and he's done it while also working hard in the classroom and community and maintaining his outstanding character. It's not often that players of his caliber choose to complete a senior collegiate season, so we tip our hats to Jake and offer our congratulations to him, his team and to Mississippi State University."

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Justin Foscue

STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State baseball trio of sophomore Justin Foscue, senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small each garnered All-America honors from D1Baseball, while freshman JT Ginn grabbed his second Freshman All-America honor from Perfect Game.
 
Small earned his fourth first-team All-America honor from D1Baseball, while Mangum and Foscue were each tabbed second-team All-Americans by the publication. Mangum has earned second-team laurels from Baseball American and Perfect Game, while also grabbing a third-team selection from Collegiate Baseball. Foscue has grabbed second-team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, as well, and third-team accolades from Perfect Game and Baseball America.
 
Ginn added his second Freshman All-America distinction from Perfect Game, just a two days after earning the publications National Freshman of the Year award. He is the first MSU baseball student-athlete to earn a national freshman of the year honor in program history.

The Collegiate Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year, Small became just the second Diamond Dawg pitcher to earn Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in program history and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Small is the first Diamond Dawg to garner first-team All-America accolades since Jacob Lindgren did so from Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2014.

The 15th Diamond Dawg in program history to hear his name called in the first round, Small was the fifth MSU student-athlete drafted in the first round in the last eight years, joining Brent Rooker (2017), Hudson (2016), Hunter Renfroe (2013) and Stratton (2012).

Small has been up to the challenge each week as the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs, posting a 10-2 record – including a 7-1 mark in SEC play – and a 1.76 ERA. The southpaw has now allowed more than three runs in a start all season long. Overall, he has limited the opposition to two-or-fewer runs in 16 of 17 starts. He is the first MSU pitcher since Ross Mitchell (13; 2013) reached double-digits in the win column.

Against ranked opponents, Small posted a 6-2 record and 1.48 ERA in 10 starts, with Mississippi State owning a 7-3 record in those games. Two of those three losses came in one-run games, while the other loss was a two-run loss at Arkansas. In 61 innings of work versus the nation's best teams, Small has allowed just 12 runs on 27 hits. He struck out 98 and walked just 18, limiting the opposition to a .131 batting average against.

On the career charts, Small owns 310 strikeouts and is just the third Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 300-strikeout mark for a career, joining Eric Dubose (428; 1995-07) and Jeff Brantley (364; 1982-85). His 168 strikeouts this season are No. 2 on the MSU single-season list and sit No. 6 on. The SEC's single-season charts, trailing DuBose (174; 1996) on both lists.

Enjoying one of the storied careers in Southeastern Conference history, Mangum capped his final trek through the regular season with his third first-team All-SEC selection. He is the first Diamond Dawg to ever earn three, first-team All-SEC honors and is the only MSU baseball student-athlete to ever garner four selections to the All-SEC team, grabbing second-team honors as a sophomore.

Even more impressive, Mangum is just the 16 SEC baseball student-athlete to every earn three first-team all-conference selections since the conference was founded in 1933. The All-America honors in 2019 also make him one of seven Diamond Dawgs in program history to multiple All-America honors from the major reporting publications of college baseball.

During the regular season, Mangum moved his name atop the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference all-time hits charts. He passed Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) for the MSU record and LSU's Eddy Furniss (352; 1995-97) for the SEC career record. The switch-hitting center fielder has 378 hits to rank No. 5 all-time in NCAA history.

Mangum has 100-plus hits on the season for the second-straight year and is the first Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 100-hits mark multiple times in a career. He piled up 101 in 2018, before totaling 103 in 2019. He is one of just four SEC baseball student-athletes to post back-to-back 100-hit seasons, joining Tennessee's Chris Burke and the LSU duo of Todd Walker and Wes Grisham.

Foscue had a breakout sophomore year, playing two positions on the infield during the 2019 campaign. He is the first Diamond Dawg to earn All-America honors at second base since 1998 when Brad Freeman garnered second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

In starts at third base and second base, the right-handed hitter boosted his batting average nearly 100 points during his second season and his 14 home runs are the most in a single season since Brent Rooker hit 23 in 2017. A first-team All-SEC pick, he already owns career highs in average (.338), runs scored (65), doubles (22), home runs (14), hits (89), RBIs (59) and total bases (153). His 22 doubles also rank tied for No. 8 on the single-season charts.

After earning Co-National Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week to become the first Diamond Dawg to earn any type of national freshman of the year honor, Ginn is now the first Diamond Dawg to earn the highest rookie honor from a national publication.
 
The 36th Freshman All-American in Mississippi State history, Ginn was also named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper team last week. Just the second Diamond Dawg in program history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year, Ginn posted an 8-4 record during the regular season. He joined Mangum as the only two MSU baseball student-athletes to win the award, which was first handed out in 2000.
 
An SEC All-Freshman Team selection, as well, Ginn has tied the Mississippi State freshman record for pitching victories during the 2019 campaign, as he his eight victories entering the College World Series equal the total by Paul Maholm (2001).
 
Ginn became just the second MSU freshman to eclipse the 100-stikeout mark in his start versus LSU at the SEC Tournament, joining Eric DuBose (109; 1995) as the only two rookies to reach the century mark. His 103 strikeouts rank No. 18 overall on the single-season charts at Mississippi State and are the second-highest total by a freshman in the NCAA in 2019.
 
In the 80 1/3 innings of work on the mound, he has walked just 18 batters and of his 69 hits allowed, only 12 have gone for extra bases. He has also limited the opponent to just 35 runs – 30 earned – and a .223 batting average against.

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Anderson Peters NCAA

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

STARKVILLE
– For the second straight year, Anderson Peters is a semifinalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor. He joins Brandon McBride as Mississippi State's only two-time semifinalist (2014, 2016).
 
The Bowerman was created in 2009 and is given annually to the top male and female athlete in track and field by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
 
Peters, the USTFCCCA South Region Co-Field Athlete of the Year won consecutive SEC and NCAA championships this season while breaking his own meet record at both the conference and national level. He led his teammates to the second sweep of the NCAA men's javelin podium in history and the first since 1964.
 
"Anderson's name deserves to be mentioned alongside some of the best athletes in the country because he has proven time and again that he is not only one of the best athletes of his era but also one of the best NCAA Division I athletes of all time," interim head coach Chris Woods said. "Anderson does an excellent job of representing our track and field program as well as our university, and it is an honor that he is a semifinalist for The Bowerman."
 
The St. Andrews, Grenada, native ranks third in NCAA history and holds six of the top 10 throws all-time. He holds the facility record at all but one venue he threw at this year (Texas).
 
Peters is No. 5 in the world in the javelin this year with a mark of 86.62m (282-4) and is the youngest to throw more than 85.00m (278-10). Excluding fouls, each of his attempts is among the top-30 throws of the year, including all of the top 15 marks.
 
Peters joins fellow countrymen Lindon Victor (Texas A&M) and Kirani James (Alabama) who were also two-time semifinalists for the award from Grenada. Three finalists for the award will be selected on Thursday, June 20. The Bowerman will be presented in December at the annual USTFCCCA convention in Orlando, Florida.
 
For more information on the Mississippi State track and field team, visit HailState.com and follow "HailStateTF" on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Bowerman Men's Semifinalists
Mondo Duplantis, LSU
JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Grant Holloway, Florida
Bryce Hoppel, Kansas
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Chris Nilsen, South Dakota
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State
Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Daniel Roberts, Kentucky
 

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Tanner Allen

STARKVILLE – Perfect Game honored a trio of Mississippi State baseball student-athletes with All-America honors, while the American Baseball Coaches Association tabbed five Diamond Dawgs with All-Region accolades on Wednesday (June 12).

Perfect Game honored the trio of redshirt-junior Ethan Small (first team), senior Jake Mangum (second team) and sophomore Justin Foscue (third team) as All-Americans. It is the third All-America honor for each of the three MSU student-athletes, as they also earned All-America designation from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Small, Mangum and Foscue joined sophomore Tanner Allen on the ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region first team squad, and junior Dustin Skelton was named second-team All-Region. The four first-team All-Region picks are the most in program history, besting the three first-team honorees in 1979, 1983, 1984 and 1989.

The Collegiate Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year, Small became just the second Diamond Dawg pitcher to earn Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in program history and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Small is the first Diamond Dawg to garner first-team All-America accolades since Jacob Lindgren did so from Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2014.

The 15th Diamond Dawg in program history to hear his name called in the first round, Small was the fifth MSU student-athlete drafted in the first round in the last eight years, joining Brent Rooker (2017), Hudson (2016), Hunter Renfroe (2013) and Stratton (2012).

Small has been up to the challenge each week as the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs, posting a 10-2 record – including a 7-1 mark in SEC play – and a 1.76 ERA. The southpaw has now allowed more than three runs in a start all season long. Overall, he has limited the opposition to two-or-fewer runs in 16 of 17 starts. He is the first MSU pitcher since Ross Mitchell (13; 2013) reached double-digits in the win column.

Against ranked opponents, Small posted a 6-2 record and 1.48 ERA in 10 starts, with Mississippi State owning a 7-3 record in those games. Two of those three losses came in one-run games, while the other loss was a two-run loss at Arkansas. In 61 innings of work versus the nation's best teams, Small has allowed just 12 runs on 27 hits. He struck out 98 and walked just 18, limiting the opposition to a .131 batting average against.

On the career charts, Small owns 310 strikeouts and is just the third Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 300-strikeout mark for a career, joining Eric Dubose (428; 1995-07) and Jeff Brantley (364; 1982-85). His 168 strikeouts this season are No. 2 on the MSU single-season list and sit No. 6 on. The SEC's single-season charts, trailing DuBose (174; 1996) on both lists.

Enjoying one of the storied careers in Southeastern Conference history, Mangum capped his final trek through the regular season with his third first-team All-SEC selection. He is the first Diamond Dawg to ever earn three, first-team All-SEC honors and is the only MSU baseball student-athlete to ever garner four selections to the All-SEC team, grabbing second-team honors as a sophomore.

Even more impressive, Mangum is just the 16 SEC baseball student-athlete to every earn three first-team all-conference selections since the conference was founded in 1933. The All-America honors in 2019 also make him one of seven Diamond Dawgs in program history to multiple All-America honors from the major reporting publications of college baseball.

During the regular season, Mangum moved his name atop the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference all-time hits charts. He passed Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) for the MSU record and LSU's Eddy Furniss (352; 1995-97) for the SEC career record. The switch-hitting center fielder has 378 hits to rank No. 5 all-time in NCAA history.

Mangum has 100-plus hits on the season for the second-straight year and is the first Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 100-hits mark multiple times in a career. He piled up 101 in 2018, before totaling 103 in 2019. He is one of just four SEC baseball student-athletes to post back-to-back 100-hit seasons, joining Tennessee's Chris Burke and the LSU duo of Todd Walker and Wes Grisham.

Foscue had a breakout sophomore year, playing two positions on the infield during the 2019 campaign. He is the first Diamond Dawg to earn All-America honors at second base since 1998 when Brad Freeman garnered second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

In starts at third base and second base, the right-handed hitter boosted his batting average nearly 100 points during his second season and his 14 home runs are the most in a single season since Brent Rooker hit 23 in 2017. A first-team All-SEC pick, he already owns career highs in average (.338), runs scored (65), doubles (22), home runs (14), hits (89), RBIs (59) and total bases (153). His 22 doubles also rank tied for No. 8 on the single-season charts.

Allen earns his fifth postseason honor, adding his first-team All-Region to a third-team All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, NCAA Starkville Regional All-Tournament Team, first-team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament Team honors. The starting first baseman in all 64 games, Allen hit .348 with 92 hits, 55 runs scored and 64 RBIs, which are all career highs.

Skelton has been as steady as anyone in the MSU lineup and was a stalwart behind the plate handling the opposing running game and one of the best pitching staffs in the NCAA. The junior has thrown out 20 base runners, while hitting a career-high .308 in 54 starts. His 10 home runs rank second on the team, while his 50 RBIs are double his career total entering the season.

An 18th round pick of the Miami Marlins, Skelton was an NCAA Starkville Regional All-Tournament Team selection after hitting .417 with four runs scored and two RBIs. He followed that by hitting .500 in the NCAA Starkville Super Regional with five RBIs.

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MBK Coaching Staff 2017-18

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STARKVILLE – Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland announced the return of Mike Moynihan to the men's basketball staff as the program's director of operations on Wednesday.
 
Moynihan embarks on his second stint with the Bulldogs after he served as video coordinator and director of operations from 2016-18 on Ben Howland's staff. He was named as one of only 25 people to the Division I Top Staffers List produced by CoachStat.net. His first tenure at Mississippi State was highlighted by a 25-win season and a trip to the 2018 NIT Final Four.
 
"I feel like I have come home," Moynihan said. "This university and our program mean so much to me. When the opportunity presented itself, I knew I needed to return.  Coach Howland is an elite leader and has been a great mentor to me. I'm looking forward to joining the first-class people in our basketball program and our athletic department. Mississippi State is a special place."
 
Moynihan spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at UNC Ashville under Mike Morrell where he was listed among the nation's top 10 mid-major assistant coaching tandems with R.J. Evans.
 
As director of operations, Moynihan will be involved in all facets of the program and already owns six years of experience at the Division I level. He worked as director of operations at George Mason under Paul Hewitt in 2014-15 and video coordinator at Troy under Phil Cunningham in 2013-14.
 
Moynihan's first assistant coach position was at Young Harris College in Georgia at the Division II level. The Mountain Lions turned in a 17-9 record during the 2012-13 season and captured a second-place finish in their division.
 
Moynihan began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Georgia, his alma mater, in addition to being an assistant coach at Buford High School in Georgia.
 
The grandson of 2007 College Basketball Hall of Fame and 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Moynihan split his collegiate playing career between Georgia State and North Georgia. He came away with a 2010 All-Peach Belt selection during his senior season at North Georgia under Chris Faulkner. Moynihan graduated with a bachelor's degree in Management in 2010.  
 
Mississippi State posted a 23-11 record last season and secured the program's 11th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs have dialed up 48 victories over the last two seasons which is tied for second-most in program history over a two-year span and fourth among SEC schools during that span.
 
Visit www.HailState.com for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching 'HailStateMBK' on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
Moynihan's Coaching Experience
Seasons, School, Position
2011-12, North Georgia, Graduate Assistant
2012-13, Young Harris College, Assistant Coach
2013-14, Troy, Video Coordinator
2014-15, George Mason, Director of Operations
2015-16, Mississippi State, Video Coordinator
2016-18, Mississippi State, Director of Operations
2018-19, UNC Ashville, Assistant Coach

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Ethan Small

LUBBOCK, Texas – Arguably the most dominant pitcher in college baseball this season, Mississippi State redshirt-junior Ethan Small was named the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Diamond Dawg to win the award in program history.

The award has been handed out since 2009 and the College Baseball Foundation adds Small to a list that includes Stephen Strasburg (2009), Trevor Bauer (2011), Aaron Nola (2014) and Carson Fulmer (2015).
 
Small becomes just the second pitcher from Mississippi State to win a national pitcher of the year award, with Chris Stratton being named the Perfect Game National Pitcher of the Year in 2012. Small is the second State student-athlete to earn a national player of the year honor this season, as freshman JT Ginn was named National Freshman of the Year by Perfect Game on June 10.
 
With the national pitcher of the year honor, Small joins a select group of MSU student-athletes that have won a national "of the year" award. He joins Ginn, Stratton, Golden Spikes Award winner Will Clark (1985), and Johnny Bench Award (national catcher of the year) winner Ed Easley (2007).
 
The left-handed pitcher has already earned first-team All-America laurels from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Small is the first Diamond Dawg to garner first-team All-America accolades since Jacob Lindgren did so from Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2014.
 
Small joined Stratton as the only two SEC Pitcher of the Year winners in program history, with the award first handed out in 2003. The left hander also earned first-team All-SEC honors, becoming the first MSU pitcher since Dakota Hudson in 2016 to garner a spot on the All-SEC first team.
 
The 15th Diamond Dawg in program history to hear his name called in the first round, Small was the fifth MSU student-athlete drafted in the first round in the last eight years, joining Brent Rooker (2017), Hudson (2016), Hunter Renfroe (2013) and Stratton (2012).
 
Small was the fourth MSU left-handed pitcher to be taken in the first round, with the Lexington, Tennessee native joining Paul Maholm (2003), Eric DuBose (1997) and B.J. Wallace (1992) as southpaws taken in the first round.
 
Small has been up to the challenge each week as the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs, posting a 10-2 record – including a 7-1 mark in SEC play – and a 1.76 ERA. The southpaw has now allowed more than three runs in a start all season long. Overall, he has limited the opposition to two-or-fewer runs in 16 of 17 starts. He is the first MSU pitcher since Ross Mitchell (13; 2013) reached double-digits in the win column.
 
Against ranked opponents, Small posted a 6-2 record and 1.48 ERA in 10 starts, with Mississippi State owning a 7-3 record in those games. Two of those three losses came in one-run games, while the other loss was a two-run loss at Arkansas. In 61 innings of work versus the nation's best teams, Small has allowed just 12 runs on 27 hits. He struck out 98 and walked just 18, limiting the opposition to a .131 batting average against.
 
On the career charts, Small owns 310 strikeouts and is just the third Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 300-strikeout mark for a career, joining Eric Dubose (428; 1995-07) and Jeff Brantley (364; 1982-85). His 168 strikeouts this season are No. 2 on the MSU single-season list and sit No. 6 on. The SEC's single-season charts, trailing DuBose (174; 1996) on both lists.
 
Small is slated to start the College World Series opener against Auburn on Sunday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN2 from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The crew of Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, Eduardo Perez and Kris Budden will be on the call for the meeting between the SEC West Division foes.

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STARKVILLE – Boasting eight wins and a 3.36 ERA in 16 starts on the mound, Mississippi State baseball freshman starting pitcher JT Ginn was named the National Freshman of the Year by Perfect Game on Tuesday (June 11).
 
After earning Co-National Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week to become the first Diamond Dawg to earn any type of national freshman of the year honor, Ginn is now the first Diamond Dawg to earn the highest rookie honor from a national publication.
 
The 36th Freshman All-American in Mississippi State history after his selection by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week, Ginn was just the second Diamond Dawg in program history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year after posting an 8-4 record during the regular season. He joined Mangum as the only two MSU baseball student-athletes to win the award, which was first handed out in 2000.
 
An SEC All-Freshman Team selection, as well, Ginn has tied the Mississippi State freshman record for pitching victories during the 2019 campaign, as he his eight victories entering the College World Series equal the total by Paul Maholm (2001).
 
Ginn became just the second MSU freshman to eclipse the 100-stikeout mark in his start versus LSU at the SEC Tournament, joining Eric DuBose (109; 1995) as the only two rookies to reach the century mark. His 103 strikeouts rank No. 18 overall on the single-season charts at Mississippi State and are the second-highest total by a freshman in the NCAA in 2019.
 
In the 80 1/3  innings of work on the mound, he has walked just 18 batters and of his 69 hits allowed, only 12 have gone for extra bases. He has also limited the opponent to just 35 runs – 30 earned – and a .223 batting average against.

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