Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift. Graveman (Mississippi State) gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday. Graveman (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville […]

STARKVILLE Mississippi State’s 2010 recruiting class didn’t receive many rave reviews nor did it make national headlines. It left many wondering if Dan Mullen had what it takes to recruit in a ruthless Southeastern Conference. That year, Mullen signed 26 players in his first full class which was ranked only 38th in the country by […]

By Steve Hunt Special Contributor Despite being in familiar surroundings, Hunter Renfroe remains a work-in-progress. Renfroe, 23, the top prospect for the San Diego Padres, is currently with Double-A San Antonio, the same team where he spent the final 60 games of the 2014 season. Last season, the Mississippi State product hit .232 with five […]

Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. – Mike Rivera homered to open the top of the ninth inning and Florida beat LSU 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. Taylor Lewis (6-1) allowed one hit over 41⁄3 scoreless innings, including a perfect ninth, for the Gators (43-16). They’ll face Vanderbilt, a 12-3 […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal CORINTH – It was all about relaxed baseball, and letting some stars shine on Saturday for one last time at the high school level. Three games were on tap for the 25th NEMCABB (Northeast Mississippi Coaches Assoication for Better Baseball) All-Star Games at Corinth City Park, The first […]

Belmont's Austin Carpenter leans dejectedly against the dugout rail after the Game 3 loss. (Keith Warren/MHSAA)

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Belmont left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two in the second inning. That’s all the reprieve Sumrall starter Joseph McLaurin needed. McLaurin went on to strike out 13 Cardinals in a 7-2 championship win in Game 3 of the Class 3A title series at […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Four years after leaving the game, Jason Cobb is back on the softball field, named this week as Amory’s new fast-pitch coach. Cobb left a successful stint at Hamilton four years ago and went to the other end of the employment spectrum. “Prior to this year, I was at Severstal,” […]

By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel Mike Lewis, who won a 1988 Class 3A boys basketball state title at Alcorn Central, has agreed to return to the school for a second stint. The move became official on May 10. He replaces Mitch Howell. Lewis spent the last six seasons coaching Walnut’s boys. He said the move […]

By John Zenor Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference agenda for spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don’t have any competitive advantage, either from satellite camps or graduate transfers. Coaches have grumbled about outside competitors like Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in […]