STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI/MSU Athletics) – With Year Two of the Andy Cannizaro Era swiftly approaching, the Mississippi State head baseball coach, along with Preseason All-Americans Jake Mangum and Konnor Pilkington met with the MSU baseball fans at Cowbell Yell on Tuesday evening.
The Diamond Dawgs have so for been ranked in all six major preseason top 25 polls. MSU is ranked No. 12 by D1 Baseball, No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 by USA Today, No. 17 by NCBWA, No. 23 by Baseball America and No. 25 by Perfect Game.
State is coming off a 40-27 year in 2017 that included a NCAA Regional Championship in year one of the Andy Cannizaro Era. On Friday, Feb. 16, MSU will open the 2018 season on the very field at which the regional title was won, Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss.
2018 Preseason Honors
Jake Mangum – OF – Third Team Preseason All-American (D1 Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
Konnor Pilkington – SP – Second Team Preseason All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game), Third Team Preseason All-American (D1 Baseball)
Spencer Price – RP – Third Team Preseason All-American (Collegiate Baseball)