The Notebook: 10-14

So, How Was Your Day?

CWS-picture-061212With the off week, today and tomorrow will be mostly-free of football as there are no interviews scheduled or media availability until after Wednesday night’s practice.

But here to save the day is baseball, who we’ll be hearing from a lot this week. John Cohen’s team announced its 2014 schedule this week, and as such things go, this one seems very good for MSU.

The full schedule and breakdown can be found here, though a couple things in particular stick out to me.

We already knew this, but it’s worth repeating now how much fun Super Bulldog Weekend against Ole Miss is going to be.

The non-conference slate is a good balance, particularly with road games against 2012 National Champ Arizona and UC Santa Barbara in March. Add in Memphis, South Alabama and Michigan State at home and the Diamond Dawgs have plenty of strong opponents.

MSU opens with 16-straight home games, with a total of 35 contests at The Dude throughout the regular season, while playing a total of eight NCAA Tournament teams from last year.

One conference road trip to keep your eye (and trip planner) fixed on: at LSU on April 4-6, the week before SBW. Ought to be a fun one between two College World Series teams.

In other news, Malte Stropp of the men’s tennis team had a big afternoon, upsetting Ole Miss’ No. 7 Nik Scholtz to claim the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Region singles title, in addition to his doubles title with fellow Bulldog Jordan Angus.

More on those successes here.

On the links, the women’s golf team is competing in the Longhorn Invitational this week and is currently tied for fifth against some stiff competition, led by Jessica Peng, a freshman who shot an MSU-record 137 overall in 36 holes. Very impressive stuff.

If you missed it Sunday, Vann Stuedeman’s softball team won a pair of games against Shorter in fall play, led by an impressive 14-strikeout performance by senior pitcher Alison Owen in game one.

Tomorrowland

As we said, there is a lot of baseball stuff coming this week, including interviews with Chris Stratton and Boo Ferriss that were particularly fun. Ferriss is a state treasure and had some very cool stories.

If you missed any of the baseball scrimmages over the weekend, all the info you need can be found on their main page here.

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