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June 15th, 2013
What better way to get ready for a baseball tournament than to have a baseball tournament.
That's what took place at the Starkville Sportsplex on Saturday.
It has been 23 years since John Cohen has been a participant at the College World Series.
That all changes today.
The Mississippi State fifth-year head coach leads his No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs against the No. 3 Oregon State Beavers in the first game of the 2013 College World Series.
The ultimate goal of many college baseball programs is to be one of the last eight teams standing at the College World Series.
Mississippi State (48-18) is one of the eight participants at this year's College World Series. The No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs are making their ninth appearance at the College World Series.
Someone once said that for every action there is an equal reaction.
The same can be said in sports. As rules change and equipment advances so must those that are running the game.
New Starkville Yellowjacket baseball coach Travis Garner understands this as much as anybody and he has constantly adapted with the game. In particular, Garner had to change his approach in the style of hitting.
The future of the Starkville High School baseball program witnessed the change at the top on Friday when Travis Garner was introduced as the new head coach.
As SHS athletic director Stan Miller talked about the accomplishments of Garner and what he brings to the table for the Yellowjackets, there were three sophomores-to-be who were very interested.
Mississippi State's Alex Detz could have very easily been in an Oregon State jersey when the two teams meet in the opening game of the College World Series Saturday.
Detz was very close to being a Beaver instead of a Bulldog.
Following his junior college career at Cuesta (Calif.) College, Detz was ready to just move up the West Coast and attend Oregon State.
Radio broadcaster Jim Ellis has called some of the biggest moments in Mississippi State baseball history.
ACKERMAN â€“ Change is never easy.
In the case of the consolidation of the schools in Choctaw County into one school, changes were everywhere with the merging of Weir and Ackerman into one football program.
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Facial hair has always been synonymous with baseball.
Rollie Fingers, Al Hrabosky and Brian Wilson all come to mind when you think about professional baseball players and facial hair.Â
Although it took some convincing, this season the Mississippi State baseball team is trying its best to emulate some of the great Major League Baseball players with facial hair.Â
It has been a process for Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen and one that has worked.
Despite what was going on at the time he returned to Starkville to work with his alma mater on June 7, 2008, Cohen believed the Bulldogs could win again and they have.