DJ Sanders never has been one to celebrate her accomplishments. The former New Hope High School multi-sport standout prefers to hone the skills that have made her one of the nation's best softball players. That's why Sunday was a perfect time for Sanders to relax and to visit with friends, coaches, teammates, and supporters at a going-away bash at the New Hope Community Center.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Mangum delayed his dream of playing professional baseball for an opportunity to play in the College World Series. When the Mississippi State junior center fielder finally secured a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, early Monday morning, Mangum couldn't believe it.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jake Mangum, Luke Alexander, and Keegan James played key roles in the Mississippi State baseball team's biggest victory of the season.
The details will never be lost on Gary Henderson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team is going back to Omaha. Tanner Allen had an RBI double and Luke Alexander added a two-run bloop single to right field in a four-run 11th inning early Monday morning to lead MSU to a 10-6 victory against Vanderbilt in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament Nashville Super Regional at Hawkins Field. MSU (37-27) will face Washington, which defeated Cal State Fullerton 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning, in its first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The time and date for the game will be announced. The Bulldogs secured the first of three berths in the College World Series for the Southeastern Conference. Auburn will take on Florida and South Carolina will face Arkansas on Monday in Game 3 of those best-of-three Super Regionals.
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt repaid the favor.
NASHVILLE -- Contrary to recent evidence, Elijah MacNamee is not predisposed to the moments he's been granted in the NCAA tournament, the same pressure-laden moments he lives for.
NASHVILLE -- The ceremonial hanging of K banners, celebrating each strikeout for the home pitcher, takes place outside of Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field, hanging over the top level of a parking garage just outside of right field.
NASHVILLE -- Jake Mangum's reputation as a hit artist spent two years as well established and a third in a growth period, as his junior season has seen him add a power streak, one that's been projected by some but seen live by none. The junior from Pearl who used to live off of singles, some of them of the bunting variety, has now added the ability to spray doubles on command and even hit the occasional home run.
Lee Ray followed up a pair of runner-up finishes last week with a win in the Street Stocks feature Friday at Columbus Speedway.
NASHVILLE -- Elijah MacNamee's home run trots are getting slower these days. He's becoming more used to this event.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ole Miss senior Janeah Stewart won the hammer throw with a mark of 72.92 meters (239 feet, 3 inches) Thursday on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
NASHVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team was hammering Oklahoma on Sunday in an elimination game to force a winner-take-all Game 7 to decide the NCAA tournament's Tallahassee Regional.
NASHVILLE -- The nightmare Ethan Small is living was born out of a Monday night dinner at Outback Steakhouse.
Shawn Gates is spreading the word. After having success in January with the inaugural Friendly City Boxing Night at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Gates admits he was surprised to hear a lot of people in the Greater Golden Triangle area didn't know about the event.
Some extra yard work was completed Wednesday afternoon at Milton Smith Sr.'s house. The work served as a diversion until the Miami Marlins selected Milton's son, Milton Jr., in the 22nd round (780th pick) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Mississippi State freshman standout Anderson Peters won the javelin Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a meet-record and collegiate personal-best throw of 82.82 meters (271 feet, 9 inches). The native of St. Andrews, Grenada, also met the standard he needed to enter international competition for his home nation of Spain. He is the second Spaniard to break 80 meters (262-5).
STARKVILLE -- The timing wasn't great, but Dustin Skelton didn't have a choice. In April, catcher Marshall Gilbert started 12 of the Mississippi State baseball team's 16 games. Gilbert's batting average climbed from .238 to .298 and he drive in eight runs in that span thanks to four multi-hit games. Gilbert ended the month with 15 hits. Skelton ended it with 19 at-bats.
Wednesday was a great day for Lee Boyd and Buddy Wyers. The New Hope High School baseball coach and the former West Point High baseball coach had plenty of stories to relate after learning former NHHS standout Will Golsan and former WPHS multi-sport standout Steffon Moore were selected on the third and final day of the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's Tanner Allen, Ole Miss' Jordan Fowler, and Southern Mississippi's Gabe Montenegro were named freshman All-Americans on Wednesday by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
1. UNC uses analytics to power defensive shifts COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Golsan gets hit in first professional at-bat LOCAL SPORTS
4. Alexander delivers in big situation for Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS