KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't hold a ninth-inning lead Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Tennessee in its final game of the season. Tennessee (24-25, 11-18 Southeastern Conference) scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the three-game SEC series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- After a record-breaking performance Thursday, Mississippi State senior Erica Bougard continued her dominance Friday at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships, when she finished first and set a meet and school record with 6,250 points in the heptathlon.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Missed opportunities. The Mississippi State softball team had the baserunners Friday night, but it couldn't deliver the critical hit it needed. MSU stranded 10 runners in its opening game at the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional en route to an 8-4 loss to Baylor at Louisiana-Lafayette's Lamson Park. MSU (35-20) will play to keep its season alive at 6 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Weber State (38-18). The Bulldogs will have to win twice Saturday to advance to today's championship round.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Mother Nature continues to be the big winner in the NCAA tournament's Lafayette Regional. The elimination game between Mississippi State and Weber State was halted by rain Saturday night. MSU led 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the delay started at 7:56 p.m. That game will be completed at noon today.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss baseball team wrapped up its 2015 regular season with 7-4 victory against No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field. The Rebels (30-25, 15-14 Southeastern Conference) and Aggies (43-10, 18-10) were scheduled to play two seven-inning games, but Game 2 was canceled due to inclement weather.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team failed to cash in on early scoring opportunities and it cost them dearly in Southeastern Conference baseball action Thursday night. Tennessee erased an early deficit and pulled away to a 5-2 win in the opening game of a three-game weekend series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has made her mark as a pitching specialist. However, Stuedeman has built the Bulldogs program in atypical fashion. Instead of using one ace pitcher, the Bulldogs have relied on pitching by committee -- with starters some relieving and relievers sometimes starting. She has called it playing softball with a baseball mentality. This season, though, has proven quite different.
Aqua Franklin's goal is to be a head coach. Her eyes have been on that prize ever since she took her initial position as an assistant coach in 2010. When Brandon Schneider, the man who gave her that first job at Stephen F. Austin called recently to ask if she would be interested in joining his staff at Kansas, Franklin had to stop and think. On one hand, she reminded herself she never wanted to take what she considered a "lateral" move because it could jeopardize her career plans. On the other hand, she contemplated the importance of adding the title of associate head coach to her resume and getting the chance to learn a different system and how those things could help her grow as a coach.
Jay Jay Swanigan can exhale. After pounding the pavement to try to find a place to play basketball in college, the Columbus High School senior finalized his plans Tuesday to play at Itawamba Community College in Fulton in a signing ceremony at Columbus High. Swanigan signed the official National Letter of Intent on Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts never imagined his Mississippi State baseball career could end like this. The senior closer was part of MSU's run to the College World Series and national championship series in 2013. He also enjoyed NCAA regional appearances as a freshman in 2012 and as a junior in 2014.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman bought in the first time she met Vic Schaefer. "You can tell he is a winner," Stuedeman said. "He came in with a plan to build a national championship contender. When he walks into a room, there is a presence. You can tell he is all about winning."
STARKVILLE -- One by one, Mississippi State track and field athletes gushed Tuesday about the opportunity to compete for a conference championship on their home turf during a news conference at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum. Each athlete questioned about the advantages of MSU playing host to the Southeastern Conference Championships for the first time since 2002 talked about the advantage of being able to sleep at home, to avoid strenuous travel, and to compete in familiar surroundings.
Victoria Vivians no longer is a freshman. The end of classes for the 2014-15 school year means a player who had one of the biggest impacts on her women's basketball team this past season is a sophomore. Judging from the Vivians' comments Tuesday, she is ready to take on an even bigger leadership role as she prepares for the 2015-16 season.
Funny how greatness can sometimes come from just a small idea. That's what happened with Mississippi State track and field standout Erica Bougard. As a sophomore six years ago at Byhalia High School, a Class 1A program in north Mississippi, Bougard had shown promise on the basketball court for the Indians. One day, though, she was inspired to try another sport.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith is a Washington Redskin. Benardrick McKinney is a member of the Houston Texans. Josh Robinson is settling in with the Indianapolis Colts.Malcolm Johnson recently signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns. The coach who found them, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, is looking forward to the next crop of undiscovered gems that can become standouts in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference Network analyst Maria Taylor asked Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman a question hoping to elicit a long answer. Instead, Stuedeman took the simple approach to explain her team's offensive resurgence. "It's the Ricketts effect," Stuedeman said.
STARKVILLE -- The arrest of former Mississippi State cornerback Jamerson Love was expunged from his record Tuesday. Love, a product of Aberdeen High School and a four-year performer for the Bulldogs, was arrested in early April and charged with simple domestic violence. At 6:02 p.m. April 9, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office received a call about a disturbance regarding a female in distress on Inverness Road in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's five-run collapse in the ninth inning of Saturday's series finale at Ole Miss did more than secure a season sweep for the Rebels. The loss also put the Bulldogs on the brink of elimination for the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior softball player Julia Echols feels like her team will have a slight home-field advantage this weekend. "We are excited to be going back to ULL," Echols said. "I think we have played well down there. It's close enough that we can have a lot of our fans traveling down there. We are excited to still be playing. "It's a huge advantage. When you go somewhere you haven't been before, you have to get acclimated to the field. This year, we can step in right away and feel at home."
OXFORD -- As Ole Miss designated hitter Nic Perkins rounded first base moments after delivering the game-winning single in a stunning, come-from-behind 8-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, he turned and saw his teammates running in his direction. As the celebratory victory pile took place just beyond first base at Swayze Field, members of MSU's baseball team slowly walked through and around the Rebels.
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