MOBILE, Ala. -- The No. 11 Mississippi State baseball team will close its four-game road trip at 6:30 tonight against South Alabama at Stanky Field. MSU (25-13) has won a non-conference game in each of the last three weeks en route to a 13-3 record in its last 16 games. It has won 10 of its last 12 Southeastern Conference games and four-straight SEC series (Tennessee, at Ole Miss, Kentucky, at South Carolina).
Tyler Erb hadn't been to Magnolia Motor Speedway in more than two years. His first and only appearance at the track -- the 2015 Cotton Pickin' 100 -- ended early after he'd made the feature field. Entering Saturday's Mississippi State Championship challenge Series Super Late Models race, Erb wasn't in the greatest of form. He was coming off a sixth-place finish in a B-main at a Lucas Oil show last weekend in Batesville, Arkansas.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A strong pitching performance by junior right-hander Jacob Billingsley wasn't enough Sunday as the No. 13 Mississippi State baseball team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 17 South Carolina in the finale of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Founders Park. MSU fell to 25-13 and 10-5 in league play, while South Carolina improved to 22-13 and 8-7. The Bulldogs saw a five-game winning streak snapped.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Caroline Seitz left her mark on Jack Turner Stadium. Behind Seitz's two home runs and three RBIs, the Mississippi State softball team defeated No. 19 Georgia 5-2 to capture its second-straight Southeastern Conference series win.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The No. 13 Mississippi State baseball team scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat No. 17 South Carolina 5-4 in Game 2 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Founders Park. Coupled with a 7-4 win Friday night, MSU clinched its first series win at South Carolina since the 1998 season. The Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11 conference games, while taking four-straight conference series.
ATHENS, Ga. -- For the second time in as many days, senior Caroline Seitz hit a grand slam, but the Mississippi State softball team lost to No. 19 Georgia 7-6 on Saturday in Game 2 of their three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series.
STARKVILLE -- To say Dalton Dempsey had options would be an understatement. The Starkville Academy senior was a standout running back on the football team, a key forward on the boys soccer team, and is one of the best track and field runners in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. He could have used any of those skills to earn a college scholarship.
STARKVILLE -- The most coveted gloves in the Mississippi State baseball program aren't of the batting or fielding variety. They also already have been defaced by multiple writings in black marker.
FRENCH CAMP -- It has been a rough first two months in Super Late Models for Shelby Sheedy. After three years racing Crate Late Models, Sheedy, 23, fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing Super Late Models when he sold his sealed motor and bought an open motor in the winter.
STARKVILLE -- The crowd gathered around Jasmine Lee as she served to Sara Lizariturry after practice. When the phones came out, Lee knew something was off. Lee thought she was serving to Lizariturry so she could work on returning wide serves. What she didn't know was her boyfriend, Stanton Price, was coming from his spot in the elevated bleachers with four balls, each with one word written on them. Will, you, marry, me.
STARKVILLE -- The A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre is a sea of maroon and tan divided by the white lines that surround the courts -- with one exception. On the far right of the court on the far right, a blue kiosk stands out. The small, blue support structure houses a tablet that receives information from five cameras. It is Mississippi State's portal to the future of college tennis.
The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team couldn't hold on to an early lead and lost to Saltillo 9-3 on Thursday night at Lady Trojan Field. New Hope committed four errors, which helped Saltillo score five runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
STARKVILLE -- When Jessica Cooley signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Mississippi State in 2009, she had no idea she was signing up for the eight-year program. "This is home. This program means so much to me," Cooley said. "To have seen the growth and the transformation. You take pride that you have been here to watch this program take so many steps."
STARKVILLE -- The pitch to get Lake Spradling to transfer from Starkville Academy to Starkville High School started with Patton Little. Spradling and Little knew each other outside of their respective schools. Entering the fall of 2015, with Spradling set for his junior year and Little for his senior year, Little made his case to get Spradling to move from the Volunteers to the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter remembers Jesse Little, Darrious Agnew, and Markedric Bell as freshmen. The veteran coach didn't rule out the possibility, but he didn't guarantee they were going to play college basketball, either. After all, Little had plenty of room to grow into his body and Agnew and Bell had plenty to learn to make up for their lack of experience.
STARKVILLE -- The national runner-up Mississippi State women's basketball team signed Australian forward Chloe Bibby on Wednesday. Bibby, a native a Warracknabeal, Victoria, has been playing against some of the country's best competition in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) and the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).
April will be a busy month for Andy Crotwell. Crotwell is honoring the final months of his contract at Caledonia High School, where he served as football coach and still teaches, while tending to the details of his new job of head football coach at North Pontotoc High.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Seconds after New Hope closed out Oxford 8-5 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) prep baseball contest Tuesday night, a wild celebration erupted.
Senior Landen Rogers took the mound and delivered an outstanding performance to lead the Starkville Academy Volunteers over the Heritage Academy Patriots 13-2 in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 action at Tripp Carson Field.
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2. Starkville High's Mattox receives Gatorade award HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. International flavor works for MSU men's tennis team COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Errors cost Heritage Academy in Game 1 of playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU men's golf coach Homan announces retirement COLLEGE SPORTS