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DJR_07232013North Pontotoc receiver Marcus Green tweeted late Wednesday night that he has committed to Louisiana-Monroe.

Green attended last week’s Big Dawg weekend in Starkville and clocked a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash. He expressed interest in Mississippi State and said they along with Memphis have contacted him.

Green received a scholarship offer from Louisiana-Monroe in June and visited the campus shortly after.

“In-state is important to me (but) I don’t mind being away from home. (Louisiana-Monroe has) a great staff and I think they’re going to have a good year,” Green told the Journal’s Brandon Speck last week.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Green caught 53 passes for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns. He made 28 tackles at defensive back.

The Warhawks are coming off their first bowl appearance in school history, a 45-14 loss to Ohio in the Independence Bowl. The team threw for 3779 yards and return senior quarterback Kolton Browning, who accounted for more than 3000, for 2013. Barring injury and medical redshirt, Browning will be gone by time Green joins the team.
(VIDEO): See highlights from Green’s junior season.

Aeris Williams, a four-star rated running back from West Point, committed to Mississippi State on Wednesday, the Daily Journal’s Brad Locke has learned.

MSU was a finalist along with Florida State and Wisconsin.

Locke has more on the commitment at insidemsusports.com.

West Point has uploaded a highlight video onto YouTube.

 

Baseball StockThe St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to trade left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch.

The Cardinals will receive minor league shortstop SS Juan Herrera in return, the teams announced on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Rzepczynski started the season in St. Louis but was sent to Triple A Memphis after a rough start. He posted a 3.33 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 44 innings with the Redbirds.He had been recalled and made a handful of appearances earlier this month but had been optioned to Memphis earlier Tuesday.

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is rapidly approaching and Rzepczysnki was on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster. St. Louis has been rumored to be in the mix for Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy.

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In his first start for the Eugene Emeralds, Hunter Renfroe is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first run of the night against Everett at PK Park in Eugene, Ore., Thursday July 11, 2013. (AP/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

In his first start for the Eugene Emeralds, Hunter Renfroe is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first run of the night against Everett at PK Park in Eugene, Ore., Thursday July 11, 2013. (AP/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

Five games in Single A is not an adequate sample size but Hunter Renfroe’s first five games as a professional have yielded some positive results.

The former Mississippi State slugger is hitting .400 with the Single-A Eugene Emeralds with two home runs and three RBIs. He has an early slugging percentage of .750 and an OPS of 1.205. He reached base three times in his debut July 11, a 6-3 Eugene win over Everette.

“I thought I did all right, a little rusty,” Renfroe told the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. “I had about a week and a half off (after the College World Series) and then came back and had batting practice for three days and did what I had to do,” he said. “I don’t really get too nervous in games anymore. I kind of settled down after my freshman year, so it wasn’t too nerve-wracking.”

He slugged his first home run on July 13, a two-run shot to straight away center in an 8-0 win over Everette. His second came July 15 in the first inning of a loss to Salem-Keizer.

Renfroe was taken with the No. 13 overall pick in June’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.