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Ricketts helps build confidence in every MSU hitter

Posted 4/9/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's called the Ricketts Effect. When Samantha Ricketts was hired as an assistant coach and hitting instructor in the offseason, her task was to rejuvenate the Mississippi State softball team's offense. Ricketts was hired to produce performances like Wednesday night, when MSU had 11 hits and dominated two of the Southeastern Conference's best pitchers in a 9-4 victory against No. 1 LSU in a non-conference game before a capacity crowd of 902 at the MSU Softball Field.



Alabama introduces Avery Johnson has new men's basketball coach

Posted 4/9/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Avery Johnson envisions leading the Alabama men's basketball deeper into the NCAA tournament than it has been and ambitiously chooses five-time national champion Duke as his model program. Johnson, who was introduced as the Crimson Tide's coach Wednesday, fully embraces the prospect of coaching at a school which boasts arguably college football's equivalent of Duke hoops. He met with football coach Nick Saban -- Alabama's version of Coach K -- for about 30 minutes before taking the podium.



MSU welcomes No. 1 LSU in non-conference softball action

Posted 4/8/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the Mississippi State softball team, this is not your ordinary midweek game.



UConn beats Notre Dame for national title

Posted 4/8/2015 in College Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10.



MSU baseball falls at Memphis

Posted 4/7/2015 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mississippi State still couldn't break away from the midweek doldrums Tuesday night.



Bulldogs place fourth at Old Waverly

Posted 4/7/2015 in College Sports

WEST POINT - Home is where the heart is.



Former West Point High standout Williams ready to break out at MSU

Posted 4/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aeris Williams found the hole, turned upfield, and saw two defenders in his way. Like he had done on numerous occasions, Williams didn't hesitate and crashed into the linebackers, driving them 6 yards past the point of contact and turning an innocent run into a 9-yard gain. To prove it wasn't an aberration, Williams got up and did it again.



MSU softball team sweeps Arkansas

Posted 4/7/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- In front of a national television audience, the Mississippi State softball team used a 12-hit attack to beat Arkansas 16-4 in six innings Monday night at Bogle Park. The victory helped MSU (29-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) earn its first SEC series sweep and its second series win in the league. The win also helped MSU move over .500 in SEC play at the latest date in the season since it was 10-8 following a win against Auburn in Game 1 of a three-game series on April 13, 2002.



Alabama announces hiring of Avery Johnson

Posted 4/7/2015 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama hopes Avery Johnson's NBA pedigree will translate to success in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournament. The Crimson Tide announced Monday night it had hired Johnson to fill its coaching vacancy. The terms of Johnson's contract won't be released until it's approved by the board of trustees' compensation committee.



Alabama offers men's job to Avery Johnson

Posted 4/6/2015 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama has offered its men's basketball job to former NBA player and head coach Avery Johnson, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday. The person said Johnson and Alabama are working on the details of a deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made about the coaching search.



MSU softball team rallies to beat Arkansas

Posted 4/6/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mackenzie Toler's single in the sixth inning scored Caroline Seitz with the go-ahead run Sunday to lift the Mississippi State softball team to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game at Bogle Park. MSU (28-10, 7-7 SEC) earned its 14th come-from-behind win to take the series from Arkansas (14-23, 0-11). The teams will wrap up the series at 6 tonight (SEC Network).



Tennessee beats Ole Miss in series finale

Posted 4/6/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan continued his hot hitting with a single and an RBI Sunday, but the Ole Miss baseball team lost to Tennessee 4-2 in the series finale at Swayze Field. Golsan and Sikes Orvis had RBIs, but the Rebels (16-16, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) had only four hits and couldn't secure their second SEC series victory of the season.



Young players shine at MSU scrimmage

Posted 4/4/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - For every authoritative run by freshman Aeris Williams, there was a pinpoint pass from freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.



Laster makes most of offensive outburst in win vs. South Carolina

Posted 4/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It took everything Lucas Laster had to hold things together. The effort had nothing to do with pitching. Laster, a senior left-hander, was asked by ESPNU for an interview following his complete-game, eight-hitter Thursday night in the Mississippi State baseball team's 13-2 victory against South Carolina at Dudy Noble Field.



Laster tabbed for first SEC start when Bulldogs host Gamecocks

Posted 4/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Having lost 12 of their last 18 games, members of Mississippi State's baseball team enter this weekend's Southeastern Conference series against South Carolina in need of a shakeup.



MSU softball aiming for Top 16 finish in RPI

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Things are shaping up nicely for a very important 20-game stretch of the Mississippi State softball team.



MSU falls in extra innings at South Alabama

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. - Ben Gann's RBI-double in the home half of the 11th inning lifted South Alabama to an 8-7 win over Mississippi State in a college baseball game played Tuesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.



Saban kicks RB Jones off Alabama football team

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.



Lee making impression at fall camp

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's nothing about Dontavian Lee that screams "Other guy."



MSU alters rotation with eye on South Carolina series

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With his eyes on a Southeastern Conference series against South Carolina, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen hinted Sunday afternoon at a shakeup of the Bulldogs' weekend pitching rotation. "We really have a set schedule," said Cohen of his pitching staff. "With us playing Thursday, we may decide to throw Lucas Laster in that game to keep everybody else on their same schedule."



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