Bulldogs release tentative schedule

John Cohen begins the fall with 46 player on his roster. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

John Cohen begins the fall with 46 players on his roster. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Mississippi State will hold its first fall baseball scrimmage Tuesday at 5 p.m.

But that is not the only news concerning the Diamond Dogs released this week. MSU issued a tentative schedule which has the Bulldogs opening the 2016 season at home in a round robin weekend series against Florida Atlantic and South Dakota State.

State’s first game is slated against FAU for Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m.

The Diamond Dogs will also take part in the Dodgertown Classic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 4-6. Other teams participating in the event are USC, UCLA and Oklahoma.

Mississippi State will play Louisiana-Monroe at MGM Park in Biloxi on April 20 and has games scheduled at Trustmark Park in Pearl against Southern Miss on March 29 and Ole Miss April 26 for the Governor’s Cup.

Memphis, UMass Lowell, Nicholls State, Alcorn State, Oregon, Eastern Kentucky, Mississippi Valley State and UT Martin are other non-conference opponents scheduled to appear at Dudy Noble Field.

The Bulldogs will open conference play at Vanderbilt on March 18 and host Texas A&M on Super Bulldog Weekend from April 15-17. Ole Miss will visit Starkville April 1-3.

John Cohen‘s fall roster welcomes 22 newcomers consisting of 16 high school signees and six junior college transfers. Local talent joining the Diamond Dogs are Delvin Zinn of Pontotoc, Luke Alexander of Belmont and Tanner Poole of Amory.

Missing from Mississippi State’s fall roster is Jesse McCord and Paxton Stover, both who pitched as true freshmen last spring. McCord started three games going 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA, nine strikeouts and seven walks in 8 2/3 innings while Stover made two outings and one start with a 94.50 ERA, four walks and one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning.

Pitchers Preston Brown, Levi Mintz and Aaron Dominguez as well as outfielder Joey Swinarski had already announced their departures from the team.

Tentative 2016 MSU Baseball Schedule

Feb 19        Fri              Florida Atlantic          4:30

Feb 20        Sat             South Dakota State   noon

Feb 20        Sat             Florida Atlantic          4:30

Feb 21        Sun            South Dakota State   3:30

Feb 23        Tue             Memphis                   4:00

Feb 26        Fri              UMass Lowell            4:30

Feb 27        Sat             Nichols State            noon

Feb 27        Sat             UMass Lowell            4:30

Feb 28        Sun            Nichols State            3:30

Mar 1          Tue             Alcorn State              6:00

Mar 4          Fri              $@USC or UCLA       tba

Mar 5          Sat             $@UCLA or USC       tba

Mar 6          Sun            $Oklahoma               tba

Mar 8          Tue             South Alabama         6:30

Mar 11        Fri              Oregon                     6:30

Mar 12        Sat             Oregon                     2:00

Mar 13        Sun            Oregon                     11:00am

Mar 15        Tue             Eastern Kentucky      6:30

Mar 18        Fri              @Vanderbilt              tba

Mar 19        Sat             @Vanderbilt              tba

Mar 20        Sun            @Vanderbilt              tba

Mar 22        Tue             Miss. Valley State     6:30

Mar 25        Fri              Georgia                    6:30

Mar 26        Sat             Georgia                    2:00

Mar 27        Sun            Georgia                    1:30

Mar 29        Tue             #Southern Miss         6:30

Apr 1          Fri              Ole Miss                   6:30

Apr 2          Sat             Ole Miss                   2:00

Apr 3          Sun            Ole Miss                   1:30

Apr 5          Tue             UT-Martin                  6:30

Apr 8          Fri              @Florida                   tba

Apr 9          Sat             @Florida                   tba

Apr 10        Sun            @Florida                   tba

Apr 15        Fri              Texas A&M%            6:30

Apr 16        Sat             Texas A&M%             2:00

Apr 17        Sun            Texas A&M%             1:30

Apr 20        Wed           ^La-Monroe               6:00

Apr 22        Fri              @LSU                       tba

Apr 23        Sat             @LSU                       tba

Apr 24        Sun            @LSU                       tba

Apr 26        Tue             #Ole Miss                 6:30

Apr 29        Fri              @Alabama                tba

Apr 30        Sat             @Alabama                tba

May 1         Sun            @Alabama                tba

May 6         Fri              Missouri                    6:30

May 7         Sat             Missouri                    2:00

May 8         Sun            Missouri                    1:30

May 13       Fri              @Auburn                  tba

May 14       Sat             @Auburn                  tba

May 15       Sun            @Auburn                  tba

May 19       Fri              Arkansas                  6:30

May 20       Sat             Arkansas                  2:00

May 21       Sun            Arkansas                  1:30

May 24-29                     SEC Tournament

 $ — Dodgertown Classic (first two games on campus sites, Sunday at Dodger Stadium)

# — Trustmark Park, Pearl

% — Super Bulldog Weekend

^ — MGM Park, Biloxi


I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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