Cohen Wants Big Crowds, Too

A key cog in the Maroon-White spring game hype machine has been a push to put 40,000 fans inside Davis Wade Stadium for Saturday’s 5 p.m. scrimmage. The hashtag making the rounds the last few weeks is #40KinDavisWade.

It’s Super Bulldog Weekend, though, which means there is more than football going on. And baseball coach John Cohen wants to remind people of that.

“We want to encourage as many people to come out there as possible,” Cohen said Wednesday. “I know Saturday’s going to be a great day with football, but boy we sure would love it if everybody would come out on Friday and Sunday as well.”

The baseball Bulldogs (20-9, 4-5 SEC) are hosting No. 4 Florida (24-6, 7-2), so it’s a pretty big series. MSU fans are known, of course, for packing out Dudy Noble Field, and considering the success the team is experiencing this season, you’d expect a good turnout this weekend.

Some of the baseball players are getting involved with Cohen’s effort, using the hashtag #15KinDudyNoble. Against the Gators, the Bulldogs will need every edge they can find, and a full DNF can only help. In its first, and so far only, SEC series against Auburn, State averaged 3,105 fans per game.

“I think our fans do know that having played here and played in these environments,” said Cohen, “it’s just like having another player on the field – it’s like having a 10th defender on the field when you have that kind of crowd that gets involved in the ballgame. Because in college baseball you just don’t see that kind of crowd that often.”