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Despite losing series to Tigers, MSU baseball heading to SEC Tournament

Posted 5/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It wasn't the way they wanted to close the regular season, but the Mississippi State Bulldogs are going to the Southeastern Conference tournament.



LSU pounds MSU in opener

Posted 5/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has his way, senior Wes Thigpen will wake up this morning oblivious to Thursday night's humiliation, a 17-1 loss to Louisiana State that will be remembered as one of the most lopsided home losses in recent memory.



Strong pitching lifts Ole Miss past Arkansas

Posted 5/20/2011 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Matt Crouse and Jake Morgan combined for a strong effort on the mound, and Matt Tracy's sacrifice fly provided the winning margin Thursday to lead the University of Mississippi baseball team to a 2-1 victory against the University of Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game at Baum Stadium.



Kilcrease, Alabama clinch spot in SEC tournament

Posted 5/20/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior right hander Nathan Kilcrease pitched a complete-game five-hitter Thursday night to lead the University of Alabama baseball team to a 2-1 victory against the No. 2 University of South Carolina at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.



New Hope's Holley to play softball at ICC

Posted 5/20/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Holley thought her athletic career was going to take a turn. After signing a scholarship to play soccer at Itawamba Community College and having her senior softball season at New Hope High School end without a trip to the Class 5A State title series, Holley wondered if her softball career was over.



MSU doesn't renew contract of Miller

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team's decline in performance was noticeable in recent seasons. The team went just 78-89 in the past three seasons after going to the NCAA tournament in five of coach Jay Miller's first six seasons. On Wednesday, Miller found out he'd be looking for a new job.



New Hope's Tutor wins PopStar Award

Posted 5/19/2011 in High School Sports

Haley Tutor didn't know what to expect Wednesday night. Surrounded by some of the state's best senior athletes from 23 sports, Tutor knew she belonged, but she wasn't sure if she was good enough to win the PopStar Award, which goes to the state's top athlete, for slow-pitch softball.



Ogden plays through injury to lead MSU

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was a point in the season when Mississippi State shortstop Jonathan Ogden led the Southeastern Conference in errors. His struggles in the field were surprising considering MSU coach John Cohen's constant affirmation of his senior shortstop's defensive prowess and reputation as the team's best defender.



LSU will play key role on SEC's final regular-season weekend

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Louisiana State baseball team's 11-16 record in the Southeastern Conference record doesn't reflect how dangerous a threat it poses to Mississippi State's chances of winning the Western Division title or making the SEC tournament. The Tigers (34-19) enter tonight's final SEC regular-season series last in the Western Division, but they have won four in a row and are just two games out of first place. First-pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CSS) at Dudy Noble Field.



East Webster begins quest for Class 2A State title

Posted 5/19/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- It's comforting to know you can play a bad game and still win, especially in the playoffs. The East Webster High School softball team has been playing with motivation spawned from a late-April tornado that ripped through its school and community.



MSU stadium expansion could move forward today

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will take a significant step in expanding Davis Wade Stadium today when the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning considers approval of the proposed $80 million project.



CHS' Durrah signs with EMCC

Posted 5/18/2011 in High School Sports

So long purple and gold. Nice to meet you, red and white. Those are the new colors Columbus High School's Nick Durrah will sport on the diamond the next two years.



MSU baseball beats Memphis

Posted 5/18/2011 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi State baseball team dialed long distance Tuesday to knock off Memphis 8-3 at AutoZone Park in its final non-conference game of the regular season.



Noxubee County's Scott completes title transformation

Posted 5/18/2011 in High School Sports

The look could have meant trouble. But faced with the loss of a key member of his boys track and field team, Noxubee County High School coach Tyrone Shorter had to make a move.



Ole Miss baseball beats Southeast Missouri State

Posted 5/18/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Senior outfielder Matt Smith returned to the lineup Tuesday night just 12 days after surgery for a broken hand and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored to help the University of Mississippi baseball team beat Southeast Missouri State 10-6.



MSU wants to control its course

Posted 5/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Entering the last week of the regular season, the Mississippi State baseball team has a chance to win a division title or to be left out of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



Starkville's Brown signs with Meridian C.C.

Posted 5/17/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Shareda Brown never saw the offer coming. After all, the Starkville High School fast-pitch softball player batted just .191 and had a .296 on-base percentage this season.



Alabama rallies to beat Auburn

Posted 5/16/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team used a three-run ninth inning to post a 7-6 win against Auburn University on Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Plainsman Park.



Wright helps Ole Miss end MSU's streaks

Posted 5/14/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi baseball team used a six-run first inning and then rode the pitching of Austin Wright on Saturday to earn a 12-3 victory against Mississippi State at Oxford-University Stadium. The victory helped Ole Miss improve to 28-23 and 12-15 in the Southeastern Conference. It also enabled the Rebels to snap the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak and beat them for the first time this season.



Sports not feeling pinch at area private schools despite economy

Posted 5/14/2011 in High School Sports

Coach Brad Butler watched a group of Heritage Academy Patriots move through a defensive drill on a recent Wednesday afternoon.



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