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No. 2 MSU defeats Memphis 11-1

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen is seeing a workmanlike attitude from his team. The Mississippi State baseball coach has been impressed with how the Bulldogs have handled the rigors of the Southeastern Conference and midweek games the last few weeks. MSU has taken series from SEC foes Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss, and then-No. 1 Florida. In that time, the Bulldogs are 3-0 in midweek games. No. 2 MSU exhibited that workmanlike attitude Wednesday night in an 11-1 victory against Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. The victory helped MSU (24-9-1) matched last season's win total.

Starkville High's Little will run at USM

Posted 4/14/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Patton Little made a life-changing decision in the summer of 2014 when he gave up tennis to focus on cross country and track and field. The decision wasn't easy for the Starkville High School student-athlete because he loved tennis, but he knew he had a future in the other sport.


Howland, Schaefer announce signings

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday the signing of three-star center Elton "EJ" Datcher. Datcher, who committed to the Bulldogs in February, averaged 11.6 points, 1.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game in his four-year career at Vincent (Alabama) High School.



MSU softball holds on to beat Louisiana Tech

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

RUSTON, La. -- Sparked by an 11-pitch at bat by freshman Sabrina Turner, the Mississippi State softball team scored three runs in the fifth inning Wednesday to earn a 3-2 comeback victory against Louisiana Tech. The victory was the Bulldogs' ninth comeback win of the season and No. 59 under coach Vann Stuedeman.



Southern Miss rallies past Ole Miss

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The No. 25 Southern Mississippi baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to beat No. 8 Ole Miss 5-1 at Swayze Field. The victory helped the Golden Eagles (26-7) win their fourth-straight game and hand Ole Miss (25-8) its first mid-week loss of the season. Southern Miss also won its third game in a row against Ole Miss in Oxford and the 10th in the last 12 games in the series.


Mangum building legacy in first season at MSU

Posted 4/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jake Mangum thought he would play college baseball in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 2015 prospect, whose father, John, played football at Alabama in the late 1980s, committed to Alabama in 2013, but he changed his mind later that year and committed to Mississippi State.


Jiles, Cleveland want to offer new level of leadership

Posted 4/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cedric Jiles knows what is expected of him. As one of the veterans in the secondary on the Mississippi State football team, Jiles is being counted on to assume a bigger leadership role after the departures of Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond, who are expected to be taken in the NFL draft. Now it's time for Jiles and fellow senior Tolando Cleveland's to emerge at cornerback. The duo will get a chance to show how much they have improved as players and leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the annual Maroon and White spring game.



Griffin's gem leads Starkville Academy past Heritage Academy

Posted 4/13/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy senior right-hander Caleb Griffin made good on his pledge Tuesday night. "They weren't going to beat me again," Griffin said. "I knew I was going to get the start for this game, and I promised myself there was no way I was going to let them beat me twice. I was going to shut them down through seven innings. That was the goal. I am proud of it." Griffin threw a one-hitter and Starkville Academy took over first place in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 race with a 6-0 victory against Heritage Academy at Volunteer Field.


Tapley sets tone for Hebron Christian baseball team

Posted 4/12/2016 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Setting the tone has come naturally for Channing Tapley. When you have been in a key role on numerous teams for as many years as Tapley, you come to understand how you need to prepare and how you need to play with confidence to set the example for your teammates. Hitting the long ball only has helped Tapley accentuate his approach to the game.

MSU wants to build momentum after taking series at Florida

Posted 4/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker never doubts his team. That's the mind-set for the entire Mississippi State baseball team. That wasn't the case last season when the Bulldogs finished 24-30 and missed the postseason. But the Bulldogs aren't doubting themselves this season. That was the case last weekend when MSU bounced back from a Friday night loss to win the next two games against then-No. 1 Florida in their Southeastern Conference series in Gainesville, Florida.


No. 4 Alabama softball team sweeps MSU

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior infielder Marisa Runyon blasted a fourth-inning grand slam and had five RBIs Sunday to lead the No. 4 Alabama softball team to an 8-1 victory against Mississippi State at Rhoads Stadium. The victory helped Alabama (35-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.



MSU baseball earns series win at Florida

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team is making itself feel right at home on the road in the Southeastern Conference. No. 5 MSU won its fourth-straight SEC series Sunday with a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Florida in the final game of a three-game set at McKethan Stadium.



After time at MSU, Lovato ready for next stop on coaching career

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

Nearly two years ago, Elena Lovato joined the Mississippi State women's basketball family intending to take full advantage of coach Vic Schaefer's mentorship.



MSU baseball evens SEC series by beating No. 1 Florida

Posted 4/9/2016 in High School Sports

GAINESVILLE -- Cody Brown hit a grand slam and Ryan Rigby allowed one run in five relief innings as the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball team beat No. 1 Florida 10-4 Saturday at McKethan Stadium to even up a Southeastern Conference series and snap Florida's 29-game home winning streak.



Starkville HIgh pair sign scholarship offers

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- When his team needed a defensive lift, Starkville boys' basketball coach Greg Carter knew who to turn to.



Pair of Lady Falcons sign to play on next level

Posted 4/9/2016 in High School Sports

Friday morning had the celebratory feel of a wedding for Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston.



West Lowndes' Neely signs with Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 4/9/2016 in College Sports

Danny Crawford believed Alexis Neely could make the transition.



Harrison earns Heritage Academy coaching job on second try

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Sports

Sean Harrison feels a little seasoning is going to serve him well in his new position as athletic director/football coach at Heritage Academy in Columbus.



Quarterbacks fare well in MSU scrimmage

Posted 4/9/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As a head coach, Dan Mullen is never happy when he leaves a scrimmage or practice.


Starkville Academy keeps pace in district race with rout of Leake Academy

Posted 4/7/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE--Having a leader that can make clutch plays when they are needed the most helped the Starkville Academy baseball team defeat visiting Leake Academy 10-4 on Thursday night at Volunteer Field.


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