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April 14th, 2015
The Mississippi State softball team will face its fifth-straight ranked opponent when No. 22 South Alabama invades Starkville tonight.
After hosting No. 1 LSU last Wednesday and traveling to No. 21 Missouri for a three-game Southeastern Conference series over the weekend, South Alabama will be just another in a line of tests for the Bulldogs.
There is no lack of confidence for the Mississippi State linebackers this spring.
The group lost several players from last year's core, but they return several players who made significant contributions and they add a few young players with a good bit of talent.
Expectations are high among the Bulldog linebackers.
Former Mississippi State University defensive back Jamerson Love was one of two people Oktibbeha County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrested in a last Thursday evening domestic violence incident.
OCSD Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said deputies responded at 6:02 p.m. Thursday to a call at 79 Inverness Road.
It may have been a slow start of the season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the tennis court.
Things have certainly picked up at the end.
The Bulldogs won several key Southeastern Conference matches down the stretch, including an upset over Georgia at home, and clinched the No. 3 seed in the league.
Starkville Academy's tennis players have developed a reputation of being competitors.
Despite being comprised of a relatively young field, the Volunteers never back down from the challenge and use each time on the court to improve.
Mississippi State fans knew who was going to line up at safety last season for the Bulldogs.
Jay Hughes, Justin Cox and Kendrick Market did a good job of anchoring the two safety positions, but two of those players are gone and one suffered an injury late in the season keeping him out for an undetermined amount of time.
Change has been the trend for a trio of seniors at Starkville High.
After seeing multiple coaches who each brought a new game plan, it would have been easy for Colbey Rivers, Jared Ousley and Tyler Barnes to go with the flow.
That was not the case and as the Yellowjacket trio played their final regular season gameÂ Saturday night,Â they gave as much effort as they did on day one.
It was all about keeping it local on the diamond as the Starkville Yellowjackets hosted the Eupora Eagles on Senior night.Â
Still there was no slack in the competition level with Eupora forcing the Jackets to earn every bit of their 6-2 victory.
The Starkville Yellowjackets were looking for that one big hit to get their offense going against the Louisville Wildcats on Saturday.
Ben Burrell was happy to be of assistance.
In the fourth inning with Starkville trailing Louisville 2-1, Burrell stepped to the plate and delivered a three-run triple to give his team a 4-2 lead.
It was a busy day for the Starkville High School seniors on the baseball field Saturday.
Colbey Rivers went the distance on the mound for the Yellowjackets in the first game of the day against Louisville and he had two hits offensively, while Tyler Barnes had an RBI double against the Wildcats and scored a run. Jared Ousley was running down fly ball outs in right field.