February 15th, 2015
Starting off strong has been a thorn in the side of Mississippi State's softball team thus far in the season.
On Sunday, it finally caught up with the Bulldogs as they dropped a 4-3 game to Illinois.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took advantage of several nicely wrapped presents the Cincinnati Bearcats left them.
The Bearcats committed three errors, walked 11 batters and hit another four as the No. 20 Bulldogs won 19-5 Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field to cap the first doubleheader of the season.
Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer thought his team played like an offensive top 15 team at Kentucky.
The defense and miscues were a different story.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 27 times and only shot 66.7 percent (24-of-36) from the free-throw line in a 92-90 double overtime loss at Kentucky on Thursday.
Mississippi State's February baseball schedule has three Saturday's where two games are scheduled.
One of those was Saturday when the Bulldogs defeated Miami (Ohio) at Dudy Noble Field, then turned around and knocked off Cincinnati 19-5 in the second game.
It's important on those days that MSU has more than one catcher to deal with a long day of baseball.
Never stop fighting.
That is exactly what the Mississippi State softball team did Saturday as they rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat the University of Tennessee-Martin 4-2.
Seth Heck said in the preseason that Mississippi State was going to have a little power in its lineup this year â€“ or at least more than last year.
The No. 20 Bulldogs proved Heck right in game one of the season as they had three extra base hits and 10 hits total in a 6-2 win over Cincinnati Friday at Dudy Noble Field.
For the most part, there has been one area of concern in Mississippi State's losses this season.
The Bulldogs have struggled with securing the basketball, especially in halfcourt sets. In a loss to Alabama on Tuesday, the Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times and the Crimson Tide turned those into 18 points.
All good things must come to an end.
Three Starkville basketball players realized that Friday night as they said goodbye to their time as a Yellowjacket by playing their final regular season home contest.
Nick Deloach, Raphael Leonard and Josh Skinner made good on their last time with a 68-42 defeat of the Aberdeen Bulldogs.Â
Senior Daija Williams said being a Starkville Lady Yellowjackets over the last few years meant "sisterhood" and playing as a team.
The Lady Jackets couldn't have played much more like a team than they did on Friday night as they handled the Aberdeen Bulldogs easily 55-14 on senior night.
Williams was one of four SHS players to score nine points against Aberdeen and was just glad to contribute.
Ms. Lauresa Jones, 75, of Starkville, Mississippi died Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Starkville, Mississippi.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at New Zion United Methodist Church, Starkville, Mississippi with Rev. Tyrone Stallings, Officiating.