Bulldogs begin baseball practice

John Cohen's club will conduct its first team practice later today. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

John Cohen’s club will conduct its first team practice later today. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

Mississippi State’s road to Omaha begins today as the Bulldogs take to the diamond for their first practice of 2016.

MSU will attempt to erase a disastrous 2015 that saw John Cohen‘s club go 24-30 overall and finish in the SEC cellar with an 8-22 mark.

Expectations are high this spring with State being ranked among the top 20 in five preseason polls thanks in part to a highly regarded crop of juniors returning.

Four of those juniors will start on the mound in the first two scrimmages. Right-handers Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton will square off on the mound today at 4:30 p.m. while southpaws Daniel Brown and Vance Tatum match-up Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Diamond Dogs will play a third scrimmage Sunday at 1:30 p.m. featuring freshmen Ethan Small and Noah Hughes on the bump.

This weekend’s scrimmages are free and open to the public.

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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