JACKSON Miss. — Senior Mississippi State baseball player Jake Mangum has had an incredible final season of his decorated baseball career at Mississippi State University. For his efforts this season, Mangum was awarded the C Spire Ferriss Trophy on Monday, an award given to the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi.
Five finalists are chosen and voted on by the state’s college baseball coaches and a panel of Major League Baseball professional scouts, along with fan voting. Coaches and scouts account for 90% of the vote, while 10% of the award is done through the fan voting. By winning the award, Mangum becomes the first two-time winner of the C Spire Ferriss Trophy.
As far as the fan voting went, Mangum was the leading vote-getter, receiving 3,923 votes, while teammate Ethan Small finished second with 2,273 votes. Of the nearly 8,500 votes cast by fans, the MSU teammates accounted for nearly 6,200 of the votes.
Mangum, a native of Pearl, Mississippi, holds the all-time career hits record Southeastern Conference with 370 career hits. 370 hits is also sixth all-time in all of college baseball. His 95 hits on the season also rank second nationally.
Mangum also owns the school record for plate appearances (1,025) and is tied with Burke Masters for the top spot on the career games played charts (251). He is also among MSU’s career leaders in batting average (.361), runs scored (219), doubles (69), triples (10), total bases (474) and stolen bases (55).
Mangum and his teammates are set for the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama this week. MSU earned the No. 4 seed, and will play in the final game of the day on Wednesday, facing the winner of the LSU/South Carolina game on Tuesday.