Special Report: Mississippi State’s Elite Defense

Editor/Collegiate Baseball

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The hallmark of almost every championship team in sports is defense.

Mississippi State captured its first national baseball championship in history with a remarkable display of airtight defense.

Baseball has been played at this perennial powerhouse since 1885.

Over seven games at the 2021 College World Series, the Bulldogs didn’t commit an error in 238 chances.

It was the first time in the 74-year-history of the event that a champion has not made an error enroute to the national title with this many games played.

It was a staggering achievement that doesn’t seem possible because of the mounting pressure each game brings as teams get closer with each win at playing for the national title.

Of the five other national champions in history who have played seven games in the College World Series, they averaged 6 errors.

What the Bulldogs did was unprecedented and amazing to watch.

However, Mississippi State was the furthest thing from a polished defensive unit early in the season.

The Bulldogs committed 7 errors over 2 games and kicked the ball around 15 times over an 8-game span.

Six position changes ultimately took place on defense.

Collegiate Baseball wanted to know how the coaching staff at Mississippi State transformed this porous defense into a finely tuned machine with no errors in its final 7 games of the season at the CWS.

For the first time in history, Collegiate Baseball has broken down all aspects of a national champion’s defensive philosophy.

There are four coaches who teach defense for the Bulldogs.

  • Head Coach Chris Lemonis works with the outfielders.
  • Jake Gautreau teaches infield defense.
  • Scott Foxhall instructs pitching defense.
  • Kyle Cheesebrough works with catchers.

To read more of this exclusive report, purchase the Oct. 1, 2021 edition or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. This report includes 4 stories on all phases of Mississippi State’s system on infield, outfield, catching and pitching defense. If defense wins titles, learn how the Bulldogs did it last season.