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Getting to the point: Newman buys into Howland's plan

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the better part of the past four years, five-star guard Malik Newman, the state of Mississippi's highest-ranked basketball prospect in more than a decade, has heard recruiting pitches from countless major college basketball programs. It took new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland less than a month to make him a Bulldog.



Four MSU pitchers shut down No. 25 Arkansas

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State baseball team used a strong pitching performance by four players Sunday in a 2-1 victory against No. 25 Arkansas in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Baum Stadium. Austin Sexton (4-4) went the first six innings before giving way to Trevor Fitts, Daniel Brown, and Zac Houston to help MSU (23-21, 7-14 SEC) avoid the sweep.



Toler's home run lifts MSU

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mackenzie Toler's two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning Sunday lifted the Mississippi State softball team to a 7-5 victory against Georgia Southern at Eagle Field. MSU swept the two-game series to improve to 34-16, while Georgia Southern slipped to 12-35.



Bulldogs land game changer in Newman

Posted 4/25/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - West Point High basketball coach Brad Cox believes he had a great team in 2014, one of the best in school history.



MSU's Smith anticipates draft call

Posted 4/25/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith rarely does anything without a smile.



Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State

Posted 4/24/2015 in College Sports

With one glance underneath a table at his commitment ceremony on Friday afternoon, five-star guard Malik Newman may have changed the fortunes of Mississippi State's basketball program.



MACJC softball playoffs will have local flavor

Posted 4/24/2015 in College Sports

The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) softball playoffs will have plenty of spice from the Golden Triangle to liven things up.



MSU baseball looks to snap slide on the road at Arkansas

Posted 4/23/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has no choice now. If a seaon-saving turnaround is going to happen, it's going to have to happen on the road.



Heritage product a finalist for D2 baseball award

Posted 4/23/2015 in College Sports

Doubt doesn't come easily for Austin Braddock.



Several Bulldogs working out in anticipation of the NFL Draft

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

For Jay Hughes, the days are different now. And they are the same.



Former New Hope standout Baudoin earns honors, heads to Central Arkansas

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.



Ole Miss baseball team routs Central Arkansas

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, the Ole Miss baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 18-4 on Tuesday at Swayze Field. The 18 runs were a season high for the Rebels (21-20), who kicked off a five-game homestand with a win against the Bears (19-15).



MSU baseball team focused on reversing course

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts and John Holland haven't given up on this Mississippi State baseball team. With the regular season winding to a close and MSU reeling from being swept by then-No. 8 Florida, Fitts and Holland were asked Saturday about MSU's postseason possibilities. "I know we are running out of games," Fitts said. "But I really feel like we're right there. I really like this team. I know we are not showing it at all times, but I think we've got a good team. If we put ourselves in such a hole that we will have to win the SEC tournament just to get a bid, then that's what we will have to do. I think we can do it."



Howland adds Ludwig to MSU staff

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's men's basketball staff at Mississippi State as director of operations. Ludwig spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State. Ludwig and Howland know each other well, as Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.



Howland offers impression after first month

Posted 4/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two years away from the game, new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland found himself in an interesting spot last weekend. Donning maroon and white for the first time, Howland won his first game at MSU on a touchdown pass.



MSU's Zuppardo arrested after traffic stop

Posted 4/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After sitting out his first season with the Mississippi State's men's basketball program due to injury, forward Johnny Zuppardo's off-court struggles continued last weekend.



No. 12 Tennessee completes sweep of MSU

Posted 4/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 12 Tennessee softball team hit five home runs in a 15-hit attack Sunday en route to a 16-8 victory against Mississippi State in six innings before a crowd of 1,089 at the MSU Softball Field. Megan Geer was 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBIs to help Tennessee (35-11, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.



No. 8 Florida finishes off MSU

Posted 4/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Austin Sexton missed his target by six inches. Florida first baseman Peter Alonso hit the mistake more than 400 feet. It was that kind of weekend for MSU's baseball team. Alonso, a junior who has battled injury for much of the season, hit two home runs and had four RBIs as part of a season-high four-hit day in No. 8 Florida's 10-5 victory Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.



MSU women land top recruit McCowan, Oklahoma St. transfer Johnson

Posted 4/20/2015 in College Sports

Super Bulldog Weekend was memorable for the Mississippi State women's basketball team even though it didn't see any action. While MSU didn't take the court, coach Vic Schaefer and his coaches and players were busy playing host to recruits they hoped to add to another nationally ranked recruiting class. MSU received the news it wanted to hear Sunday, when 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and Oklahoma State transfer Roshunda Johnson, a 5-7 guard, signed on to join Schaefer's program.



Coker has best performance in Alabama spring game

Posted 4/18/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn't think it's fair to pass judgment on his quarterbacks based on the spring game. Jake Coker was easily the most productive of the Crimson Tide passers Saturday in his second bid to win the starting job after transferring from Florida State last summer. He led the White team featuring the first-team offense to a 27-14 win against the defense-led Crimson before 65,157 fans.



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