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MSU trio earns All-America honors from Baseball America

The second set of All-America honors have been announced and the Mississippi State baseball trio of sophomore Justin Foscue, senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small each earned a spot on the Baseball America All-America Team.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 5:22 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 5:24 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – The second set of All-America honors have been announced and the Mississippi State baseball trio of sophomore Justin Foscue, senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small each earned a spot on the Baseball America All-America Team.

It is the second All-America honor for each of the three MSU student-athletes and the most single-season All-America accolades from Baseball America in program history. Small garnered his second selection to an All-America first team, while Mangum was a second-team All-America pick and Foscue grabbed third-team honors from the publication.

Already this season, Small (first team), Foscue (second team) and Mangum (third team) each earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Sophomore Tanner Allen was a third-team All-American from CBN, as well.

A finalist for the Collegiate Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year, Small became just the second Diamond Dawg pitcher to earn Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in program history earlier and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Small is the first Diamond Dawg to garner first-team All-America accolades since Jacob Lindgren did so from Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2014.

Small has been up to the challenge each week as the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs, posting a 10-2 record – including a 7-1 mark in SEC play – and a 1.76 ERA. The southpaw has now allowed more than three runs in a start all season long. Overall, he has limited the opposition to two-or-fewer runs in 16 of 17 starts. He is the first MSU pitcher since Ross Mitchell (13; 2013) reached double-digits in the win column.

Against ranked opponents, Small posted a 6-2 record and 1.48 ERA in 10 starts, with Mississippi State owning a 7-3 record in those games. Two of those three losses came in one-run games, while the other loss was a two-run loss at Arkansas. In 61 innings of work versus the nation's best teams, Small has allowed just 12 runs on 27 hits. He struck out 98 and walked just 18, limiting the opposition to a .131 batting average against.

On the career charts, Small owns 310 strikeouts and is just the third Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 300-strikeout mark for a career, joining Eric Dubose (428; 1995-07) and Jeff Brantley (364; 1982-85). His 168 strikeouts this season are No. 2 on the MSU single-season list and sit No. 6 on. The SEC’s single-season charts, trailing DuBose (174; 1996) on both lists.

Enjoying one of the storied careers in Southeastern Conference history, Mangum capped his final trek through the regular season with his third first-team All-SEC selection. He is the first Diamond Dawg to ever earn three, first-team All-SEC honors and is the only MSU baseball student-athlete to ever garner four selections to the All-SEC team, grabbing second-team honors as a sophomore.

Even more impressive, Mangum is just the 16 SEC baseball student-athlete to every earn three first-team all-conference selections since the conference was founded in 1933. The All-America honors in 2019 also make him one of seven Diamond Dawgs in program history to multiple All-America honors from the major reporting publications of college baseball.

During the regular season, Mangum moved his name atop the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference all-time hits charts. He passed Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) for the MSU record and LSU’s Eddy Furniss (352; 1995-97) for the SEC career record. The switch-hitting center fielder has 378 hits to rank No. 5 all-time in NCAA history.

Mangum has 100-plus hits on the season for the second-straight year and is the first Diamond Dawg in program history to reach the 100-hits mark multiple times in a career. He piled up 101 in 2018, before totaling 103 in 2019. He is one of just four SEC baseball student-athletes to post back-to-back 100-hit seasons, joining Tennessee’s Chris Burke and the LSU duo of Todd Walker and Wes Grisham.

Foscue had a breakout sophomore year, playing two positions on the infield during the 2019 campaign. He is the first Diamond Dawg to earn All-America honors at second base since 1998 when Brad Freeman garnered second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

In starts at third base and second base, the right-handed hitter boosted his batting average nearly 100 points during his second season and his 14 home runs are the most in a single season since Brent Rooker hit 23 in 2017. A first-team All-SEC pick, he already owns career highs in average (.338), runs scored (65), doubles (22), home runs (14), hits (89), RBIs (59) and total bases (153). His 22 doubles also rank tied for No. 8 on the single-season charts.

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