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MSU baseball team will try to climb SEC ladder

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It would be easy for Mississippi State's baseball program is back on course after its recent accomplishments. The Bulldogs have won five straight, including a series sweep of Auburn, their first since 2007. They've cracked a national poll for the first time in three seasons under coach John Cohen and are coming off a season-high 18-run performance in a victory against Alabama A&M.



Mullen not happy with inconsistency

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

Dan Mullen wasn't a happy football coach following Mississippi State's spring practice session Thursday. On one hand, he was pleased by his defense's domination in parts of the 11-on-11 work in the last block, but turnovers, procedural penalties, and botched snaps drew his ire.



MSU men's tennis in unfamiliar spot in SEC standings

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's tennis team is in an unfamiliar position in second place in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division No. 32 MSU is 4-2 in the league and two games behind weekend opponents University of Tennessee and Georgia for the overall lead in the SEC.



Shockers roll Tide for NIT title

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship. Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it, or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.



MSU's Miller could get 1,000th win this weekend

Posted 3/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jay Miller's appreciation of the game won't let him indulge in the career milestone he's approaching. The Mississippi State softball coach has 997 career wins in a 29-year career in the college game. Miller could earn win No. 1,000 this weekend if the Bulldogs sweep their three-game series against the University of Mississippi. That series will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Starkville.



MSU baseball routs Alabama A&M

Posted 3/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team scored a season-high Wednesday in an 18-0 victory against Alabama A&M. MSU secured its fifth shutout of the season in 6 1/2 innings, as the game was called due to a pre-arranged decision between MSU coach John Cohen and Alabama A&M coach Ed McCann.



MSU pitcher Jones will try to regain form

Posted 3/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Devin Jones has a world of potential. He just has to realize it. That's the message MSU coach John Cohen has had for Jones dating back to last season when the Eupora native struggled to find the strike zone against Southeastern Conference competition.



Heritage Academy's Ledbetter will play at ECCC

Posted 3/30/2011 in College Sports

McGee Ledbetter knew the Mississippi Association All-Star Boys Soccer game would be his chance to shine and to make a final impression on college coaches. The Heritage Academy senior midfielder didn't disappoint.



Alabama edges Colorado to reach NIT title game

Posted 3/30/2011 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his team rather than watching his former team's incredible NCAA tournament run. After all, the Crimson Tide will play for a championship.



MSU baseball sweeps Auburn

Posted 3/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's pitching staff threw its fourth shutout of the season Sunday in a 5-0 victory against No. 21 Auburn in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Nick Routt and Daryl Norris combined on a four-hit shutout. It was MSU's first shutout of a league opponent since Ricky Bowen threw a two-hit, 4-0 shutout against the University of Mississippi on March 16, 2008.



MSU football looking to find rhythm

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

Inconsistency is common through spring practice, and the Mississippi State football team's first spring scrimmage was no different.



MSU baseball routs Auburn

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The rout was on after one inning. The Mississippi State baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning and five in the second to earn a 15-8 victory against Auburn University on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.



MSU track and field shines in SEC-Big Ten Challenge

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's first home track meet in four years Saturday ended with the Southeastern Conference falling to the Big Ten on the men's and women's sides. The results didn't take away from the excitement of MSU runners and field athletes, especially the ones who earned victories at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge at the renovated Carl Maddox Track Facility.



MSU, Memphis move season opener to Sept. 1

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will jump at the opportunity to get more exposure. That was the thinking behind MSU's decision to accept the University of Memphis' offer to move their season-opening game in Memphis from Sept. 3 to Sept. 1 (Thursday).



MSU baseball team hopes to build this weekend on Vanderbilt win

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's win Sunday at Vanderbilt University has given the squad a ton of confidence. After being shut out in the first two games of the series, MSU used a five-run eighth inning to rally for a 9-8 win against No. 1 Vanderbilt. A loss in that game, especially another in which they struggled at the plate, could have been damaging, third baseman Jarrod Parks said.



MSU football team returns to field

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two weeks away from the practice field, the Mississippi State football players were bound to be rusty. MSU started spring practice March 3 and had four sessions before taking two weeks off for spring break. The Bulldogs returned to the field Thursday for a two-hour session in front of fans and dozens of high school coaches who were attending MSU's coaches' clinic.



Bell Foundation will honor wishes of former MSU football player

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before Nick Bell died last fall, he told his mother he wanted to be a mentor to kids. The former Mississippi State defensive end, who lost a brief battle with cancer Nov. 2, didn't have a father figure growing up, leaving his mother, Linda, to rely on his coaches to help mold the respectful, personable young man she and many others remember.



MSU's Tate set to face Ole Miss' Oliver

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tavaris Tate says he doesn't study opponents. No matter what track meet he competes in, each track is different, everyone is fast, and someone in the race won't have their 'A' game. To Tate, there are too many variables to study every move of national rivals like Southern California's Joey Hughes and the University of Alabama's Kirani James.



MSU eager to compete on its new track

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When members of the Mississippi State track and field team first stepped on the renovated surface at the Carl Maddox facility, they didn't want to stop running. It had been four years since MSU held its last on-campus track meet, but that will change Saturday when MSU will play host to the Southeastern Conference-Big Ten Challenge.



Alabama men beat Miami, earn trip to N.Y.

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points Wednesday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 79-64 victory against the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament before a crowd of 8,612 at Coleman Coliseum.



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