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Fall Report: Mississippi State

Fall Report

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State’s most recent senior class, led by Jake Mangum and Elijah MacNamee, was one of the most accomplished in the proud history of the program, going to four straight super regionals capped by back-to-back trips to Omaha. Now that those seniors and key juniors like first-round ace Ethan Small are gone, you might think Mississippi State is due to take a step back. But if that’s your expectation, you might want to take a closer look.

Even despite its departures from last year, MSU brings back one of the best cores in college baseball. For starters, Mississippi State still has a first-rounder to anchor the rotation on Friday nights in sophomore righty JT Ginn, who was already drafted in the first round out of high school. And there might not be a team in the country with a better quartet anchoring the lineup than the top four hitters in MSU’s order in Saturday’s exhibition against Louisiana: center fielder Rowdey Jordan, shortstop Jordan Westburg, right fielder Tanner Allen and second baseman Justin Foscue. Foscue was a second-team All-American last year, and the three others all have legitimate All-America potential as juniors in 2020. …

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