Three Bulldogs earn South All-Region

Jake Mangum

Jake Mangum

Three Mississippi State players were picked to the Rawlings South All-Region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association this week.

Junior pitcher Dakota Hudson and freshman outfielder Jake Mangum earned a spot on the first team while sophomore designated hitter Brent Rooker was selected to the second team.

It is the first time the Bulldogs have placed three players on the South All-Region team since the trio of Hunter Renfroe, Adam Frazier and Jonathan Holder in 2013. It was the most first team members for MSU since 1996 when Eric DuBose and Rob Hauswald were honored.

Hudson made 17 starts this season and posted a 9-5 record and a 2.55 earned run average. The

Brent Rooker

Brent Rooker

Dunlap, Tennessee native also led the team with 115 strikeouts and 113 innings pitched.

Mangum sits atop the SEC with a .408 batting average while collecting 84 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, a home run, 28 RBIs and six stolen bases. The Pearl native ranks seventh nationally in batting average.

Rooker led the Diamond Dogs with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs this spring. The Germantown, Tennessee native also hit .324 with 15 doubles, two triples and a pair of stolen bases.

NCAA Div. I South All-Region First Team
C Hagen Owenby, So., East Tennessee State
1B Peter Alonso, Jr., Florida
2B Trey York, Sr., East Tennessee State
3B Nick Senzel, Jr., Tennessee
SS Devin Hairston, So., Louisville
OF Kyle Lewis, Jr., Mercer
OF Corey Ray, Jr., Louisville
OF Jake Mangum, Fr., Mississippi State
DH Corbin Olmstead, Sr., North Florida
P Logan Shore, Jr., Florida
P Dakota Hudson, Jr., Mississippi State
P Brendan McKay, So., Louisville
RP Shaun Anderson, Jr., Florida

NCAA Div. I South All-Region Second Team
C Will Smith, Jr., Louisville
1B Tim Lynch, Sr., Southern Miss
2B Jake Noll, Jr., Florida Gulf Coast
3B Mandy Alvarez, Sr., Eastern Kentucky
SS Dalton Guthrie, So., Florida
OF Anfernee Grier, Jr., Auburn
OF Bryan Reynolds, Jr., Vanderbilt
OF J.B. Woodman, Jr., Ole Miss
DH Brent Rooker, So., Mississippi State
P Joey Lucchesi, Sr., Southeast Missouri
P Alex Faedo, So., Florida
P Kade McClure, So., Louisville
RP Zack Burdi, Jr., Louisville

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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