Mississippi State is hosting an NCAA regional, and that’s a big deal for a school that used to host them frequently. This will be the first one in 10 years, so there’s an extra level of excitement.
Coach John Cohen played in a Starkville Regional all three years of his MSU playing career, so he has a good feel for what it’s like to play at Dudy Noble Field in this kind of event. I had Cohen on my radio show this morning on Bulldog Sports Radio, and he did some reminiscing. He also talked about what hosting a regional means for the program, and we got into some more specific stuff like his starting pitching, which was not great in Hoover last week.
We’ll find out this morning who’s coming to Starkville. ESPNU will air the selection show starting at 11 a.m., and the Bulldogs will gather in their locker room to watch. There was chatter going into the weekend that MSU could end up with a national seed, which means it would host a super regional if it won the regional. Losing to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinals seems to have silenced most of that chatter, but Cohen believes his team should at least be in the discussion.
None of the three major college baseball experts I follow have MSU as a national seed. All have put out one last set of projections, so let’s take a look.
Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game has South Alabama, Oklahoma State and Saint Louis coming to the Starkville Regional. Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has projected that same field. Mark Etheridge of Southeast Baseball has South Alabama, Central Arkansas and East Tennessee State in Starkville.
We’ll speak with Cohen and some players later this morning, but if you’d like to listen to my interview with Cohen from LockeDown Corner, click below.