Southeastern Conference coaches are eager to see the impact an early signing period will have on recruiting, even though a number of them were against the change.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The national championship hopes of every softball team in the Southeastern Conference remain very much alive heading into the NCAA tournament. All 13 SEC programs earned NCAA berths, a list headed by No. 1 overall seed Florida as it chases its third national title in four seasons.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 6 Mississippi State baseball team couldn't recover from a two-run home run in the first inning en route to a 4-1 loss to Georgia on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.
OXFORD -- Ryan Olenek and former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan had three hits Sunday to lead the Ole Miss baseball team to a 6-3 victory against No. 20 Texas A&M at Swayze Field. The victory helped the Rebels (31-21, 13-14 Southeastern Conference) secure their fifth series victory against a ranked team. They also finished the 2017 regular season home slate with a 24-8 record.
OXFORD -- Buoyed by the Ole Miss softball team's first Southeastern Conference tournament title, the SEC earned a record 13 bids to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.
STARKVILLE -- Last August, Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman was encouraged because her senior class wanted to leave a legacy. The legacy was fulfilled Sunday night as MSU returned to NCAA tournament regional play with a berth in the Salt Lake City Regional. No. 3 seed MSU (36-20) will face No. 2 seed BYU (44-11) at 5 p.m. Thursday at Dumke Family Softball Stadium on the University of Utah campus.
HATTIESBURG -- The No. 19 Southern Mississippi baseball team used a solid pitching performance from Taylor Braley and three hits from Tracy Hadley to beat Alabama-Birmingham 8-0 Sunday at Pete Taylor Park.
STARKVILLE -- Peng Pichaikool was given no welcoming period to collegiate golf. The average student that enters universities in the fall can compete in limited fall tournaments, doing so knowing the championship season isn't until the spring.
STARKVILLE -- Batters who swing and miss at the first pitch from Riley Self don't have to wait long to see the same thing again. At that point, they've already seen his one pitch. As a freshman, Self has developed into one of Mississippi State's most effective relievers while throwing only a cutter. In going the final 3 1/3 innings to get the win last weekend at Texas A&M, all 51 pitches of Self's pitches were cutters.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kaitlin Lee threw her eighth shutout of the season, a two-hit gem that lifted the No. 8 seed and No. 19 Ole Miss softball team to a 2-0 victory against No. 1 seed and top-ranked Florida in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A solo home run by Bailey Hemphill in the 10th inning Thursday lifted the No. 5 seed and No. 15 Alabama softball team to a 2-1 victory against No. 4 seed and No. 11 Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference at Sherri Lee Parker Field.
COLUMBIA, SC. -- With finishes of fourth and sixth in the javelin, Curtis Thompson and Nicolas Quijera scored eight points for the Mississippi State men's track and field team Thursday on Day 1 of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships at the Sheila and Morris Cregger Track.
Michael Lotief loves the long ball. In 2006, the Louisiana softball coach's hitting system yielded the first 100-home run season in school history (102). Danyele Gomez, Ashley Evans, and Lacey Bertucci ranked in the top 10 of all NCAA Division I hitters.
STARKVILLE -- Each of Mississippi State's varsity sports have excelled in the NCAA's annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR), the association announced Wednesday afternoon. In the latest multi-year rate, the women's tennis team led the way with a perfect 1,000 APR. The men's golf paced all men's teams with a mark of 988.
STARKVILLE -- Denver McQuary has the talent to become a consistent starting pitcher in the Southeastern Conference. But the right-hander from Houston lacked the confidence to realize that potential early in his freshman season with the Mississippi State baseball team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior right-hander Kaitlin Lee threw a complete-game five-hitter Wednesday to lead the No. 8 seed and No. 18 Ole Miss softball team to a 2-1 victory against No. 9 seed Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 6 seed LSU softball team beat No. 11 seed Missouri 6-5 on Wednesday night in the final game of the first day of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Jaquarius Wilson knows better than most that Kaelin Kersh was someone people went out of their way to get to know. Wilson entered the Mississippi State track and field program with Kersh as a freshman in the fall of 2013. The two bonded immediately and built a friendship that began in the halls of the dormitory they shared and stayed strong through their graduations last weekend.
OXFORD -- After four Ole Miss players were selected last month in the NFL draft, nine more Rebels have been given an opportunity to further their football career in the professional ranks. Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (Baltimore Ravens), cornerback Tony Bridges (Seattle Seahawks), defensive end Fadol Brown (Oakland Raiders), cornerback/safety Carlos Davis (Baltimore Ravens), running back Akeem Judd (Tennessee Titans), offensive lineman Jeremy Liggins (Seattle Seahawks), and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow (Miami Dolphins) signed with NFL clubs as undrafted free agents.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior outfielder Amanda Ivy said her team is approaching postseason play with the mentality of "shocking the world." First, MSU will get a chance to shock the state.
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