Oswalt to speak at MSU baseball banquet

Weir native Roy Oswalt has won 163 games with a 3.36 ERA during his 13-year major league career. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Weir native Roy Oswalt has won 163 games with a 3.36 ERA during his 13-year major league career. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

Mississippi State will hold its annual First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Palmeiro Center on campus.

Roy Oswalt, a 13-year MLB pitching standout Roy Oswalt will be the keynote speaker at the event introducing the 2014 edition of the Bulldogs. Oswalt, a Weir native, was offered a scholarship to MSU following his sophomore season at Holmes Community College but was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1996.

Oswalt uses MSU’s facilities to train during the offseason.

Head coach John Cohen will emcee the event, which will feature a hamburger/ hot dog lunch and autograph session with the players. Tickets are $12 and are available through the MSU ticket office and will be $17 at the door.

A seven-inning intrasquad scrimmage at 2:15 p.m. will cap off the day’s events.