Bulldogs getting ready for strong regional field

MSU's John Cohen
Staff Writer

Mississippi State coach John Cohen and his players didn’t have a clue who they were paired against in their regional around 11:15 a.m. on Monday morning.
They didn’t even know if they were a national seed.
The Bulldogs (41-16-1) were busy practicing for that regional by taking cuts at the plate and throwing bullpen sessions. Shortly after that, Cohen got the news that MSU was the field’s No. 6 national seed and it had a pairing of Cal State Fullerton, Louisiana Tech and Southeast Missouri State.
Without even watching the teams on tape, Cohen sees a mega challenge ahead.
“I have seen SEMO’s left hander on film already and he’s really good," Cohen said. "His numbers are phenomenal. I know how good the pitching is with Cal State Fullerton and how good they are. Obviously with Jake (Wells) being on our staff in 2013, I know how much has gone into Louisiana Tech. If you combined all the RPI’s of this regional, it’s pretty darn good. Pretty competitive.”
The Bulldogs start off regional play by taking on the Red Hawks on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech and Cal State Fullerton will meet in the 6:30 p.m. game that same day.
For more on the regional, see the story by Starkville Daily News sports writer Robbie Faulk in Tuesday's edition.