STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal still can't grasp the enormity of her situation. Four years ago, Alwal was a shy, 6-foot-4 center then-Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis "found" and offered a scholarship to leave Worthington, Minnesota, to come to Starkville to play basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- In a season full of comeback wins, the Mississippi State softball team was on the doorstep again Wednesday night. However, No. 22 South Alabama slammed the door shut to pull out a dramatic 3-2 win before a crowd of 862 and a national television audience at the MSU Softball Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Wes Hart doesn't want to hear about the past.
STARKVILLE -- Legacy. Years from now, Vic Schaefer hopes historians will be able to look back on the 2014-15 season and call it the year the Mississippi State women's basketball team re-established itself on the national scene.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan has the gang back together in Gainesville. Donovan announced Monday that he has hired former Alabama coach Anthony Grant as an assistant. Grant replaces Matt McCall, who left to take the head coaching job at Chattanooga.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt introduced Rick Ray as the school's new head men's basketball coach Monday. Ray spent the past three seasons as men's basketball coach at Mississippi State. In his three-year tenure at MSU, Ray went 37-60. He led the Bulldogs to a 2-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference tournament, including an upset win against Vanderbilt in 2013-14. Ray helped the development of two All-SEC Freshmen in Craig Sword and Gavin Ware, as his recruiting classes received national attention.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team is running out of time. MSU (22-16, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) lost to then-No. 2 Texas A&M 13-5 Sunday. The loss helped the Aggies (33-3, 11-3) win their second game in the three-game weekend series and handed the Bulldogs their fourth SEC series loss in five weekends. The win also catapulted Texas A&M to No. 1 in this week's Baseball America poll.
STARKVILLE -- Three months after his playing career with the Mississippi State football team ended, Jamerson Love was arrested last week and charged with simple domestic violence.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The No. 21 Missouri softball team used a six-run first inning Sunday to pull away en route to a 10-2 victory against Mississippi State in five innings at University Field. The victory helped Missouri (26-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) take the best-of-three series from the Bulldogs (31-12, 9-9). Natalie Fleming had two hits and three RBIs, while Kirsten Mack had a home run and four RBIs to lead Missouri.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Mississippi State baseball team surrendered a pair of grand slams Sunday in a 13-5 loss to No. 1 Texas A&M 13-5 in a Southeastern Conference game at Blue Bell Park. The victory helped Texas A&M (32-3, 10-3 SEC) win the best-of-three series, while MSU fell to 22-15 and 6-8. The Bulldogs have dropped four of five conference series this season.
Timely hitting and a dominant performance from senior closer Trevor Fitts landed Mississippi State's baseball team its biggest win of the season on Saturday, and brought the Bulldogs an opportunity to earn their biggest series win of the year.
OXFORD -- New quarterback Chad Kelly took the snap, dropped back a few steps and threw a tight spiral over the middle to a wide-open Taz Zettergren, who ran untouched 43 yards for a touchdown.
STARKVILLE - What's old is new again in Starkville.
STARKVILLE - When the season started, the Mississippi State softball team knew the importance of the middle two weeks of April. The Bulldogs have an eight-game stretch of games against teams in the Ratings Percentage Index Top 28, with seven of those being against the Top 13. With an RPI of 22, MSU is looking for a late push to secure a high seed in an NCAA regional with the outside hope of hosting a regional.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Lucas Laster noticed a difference the moment he picked up the new flat-seam baseball.
STARKVILLE -- The margin of error is gone for the Mississippi State baseball team. After losing 14 of its last 22 games, MSU is on the outside looking in for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament after losing three of its first four Southeastern Conference series. It only gets tougher from here. Starting at 6:35 p.m. Friday, MSU (21-14, 5-7 SEC) will face No. 2 Texas A&M (31-2, 9-2) in Game 1 of a three-game series in College Station, Texas. The series will be the Bulldogs' first of three in the next four weekends against ranked teams. The Aggies are ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball and USA Today polls. They are No. 2 in the Baseball America rankings.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman told her team to treat Wednesday night's midweek game against No. 1 LSU just like any other midweek game. Then she told her standout pitcher something different. The non-conference game between Southeastern Conference rivals was designed to enhance both teams' Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPI) and postseason hopes, but MSU got the most mileage out of the game thanks to a 9-4 upset before a standing-room only crowd at the MSU Softball Field.
1. MSU's Alwal, Grant eager to pursue professional careers COLLEGE SPORTS
2. West Point's Lashley attracting a lot of recruiting attention HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Younger Bulldogs prepared for spring game COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 22 South Alabama edges MSU softball COLLEGE SPORTS