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MSU's Mangum wins state's top honor, league's top honor in same day

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was arguably the biggest day in in the young life of Jake Mangum. But you wouldn't know it by looking at him.

 

Cohen brings home conference coach of year honors

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Mingione will never forget what John Cohen did after winning the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2006.

 

Loss to Alabama helped MSU baseball re-focus

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team left Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 30 wondering what if. After beating Alabama in Game 1 of the Southeastern Conference series, a rainout forced MSU to play two seven-inning games on that day. The Bulldogs led 2-0 after the top of the fourth inning in the first game of the doubleheader, and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But four walks and a walk-off RBI single from Chance Vincent gave the Crimson Tide the victory. The Bulldogs bounced back in the nightcap for a 2-1 victory.

 

Alabama softball team advances; Ole Miss eliminated

Posted yesterday in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Leona Lafaele had four RBIs, including a two-run home run in the first inning, and five other players had multi-hit performances Sunday to lead the No. 6 national seed Alabama softball team to an 8-0 victory against California in the championship game of the Tuscaloosa Regional of the NCAA tournament at Rhoads Stadium. The victory helped Alabama (49-12) secure its 12th-straight ticket to the NCAA Super Regional Round, where it will play host to Washington next weekend. Game dates and times are yet to be announced.

 

SEC Champions: Bulldogs call hogs, before being called champions

Posted 5/21/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two separate cheers erupted at Dudy Noble Field Saturday night.

Hudson, Mangum power No. 3 MSU past Arkansas

Posted 5/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dakota Hudson and Jake Mangum are competing against each other even though they play for the same team. The Mississippi State standouts are finalists for the Ferriss Trophy, which is given to the top college baseball player in the state of Mississippi. On Thursday, they had performances worthy of winning the award. Hudson threw a complete-game shutout, while Mangum went 5-for-5 -- his first five-hit game -- in No. 3 MSU's 7-0 victory against Arkansas in Game 1 of the three-game Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.

 

No. 2 Texas A&M beats No. 6 Ole Miss in series opener

Posted 5/20/2016 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brigham Hill scattered four hits in seven innings Thursday night to lead the No. 2 Texas A&M baseball team to a 6-1 victory against No. 6 Ole Miss in Game 1 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Hill (7-1) allowed one run to help Texas A&M (40-12, 19-9 SEC) stay in a first-place tie in the Western Division with Mississippi State, which defeated Arkansas 7-0 on Thursday night in Starkville.

 

 

Kruger hopes to stay hot at plate

Posted 5/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack Kruger doesn't call the last month a resurgence. After getting off to a hot start, the Mississippi State junior fell into a lull offensively that forced him out of the lineup. In the last four weeks, though, Kruger has worked his way back into the rotation and is riding a wave he feels is just a part playing the game.

 

 

MSU men's tennis hopes to stay in moment, survive in NCAAs

Posted 5/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Roberts is all about staying in the moment. That's why Roberts took a moment in the spring of 2014 to consider his good fortune when he was named to lead the Mississippi State men's tennis team after working one season as an assistant coach for Per Nilsson, who left for Pepperdine. Roberts never imagined what he could accomplish at MSU. Instead, he focused on the hard work the program needed to maintain its success. Roberts' work has paid off, as a young MSU squad has blossomed en route to a fourth-place finish in the Southeastern Conference.

 

 

Three MSU players up for Ferriss Trophy

Posted 5/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three Mississippi State baseball players were named finalists for the Boo Ferriss Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday. MSU junior right-hander Dakota Hudson, junior outfielder/pitcher Reid Humphreys, and freshman outfielder Jake Mangum joined Ole Miss junior outfielder J.B. Woodman and Delta State senior outfielder Will Robertson as finalists.

 

Former Columbus High standout Patterson signs with Jacksonville State

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Kiki Patterson felt doubly blessed Tuesday afternoon.

Ole Miss' Lunderman says state players need a chance

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss freshman shortstop Hailey Lunderman wasn't sure what to expect when she started playing Southeastern Conference softball. Turns out, Lunderman got the hang of things quickly. In her first season at Oxford, Lunderman leads the Rebels with a .372 average and 73 hits. She has started all 59 games and has fielded at a .961 clip.

 

No. 3 MSU sweeps Auburn

Posted 5/16/2016 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 3 Mississippi State baseball team used strong pitching from Konnor Pilkington, Ryan Rigby, and Reid Humphreys and hit three home runs Sunday to beat Auburn 10-3 at Plainsman Park. The victory helped MSU (37-14-1) complete a three-game sweep of the Southeastern Conference series. The win was the Bulldogs' seventh straight in the league and pushed them to 18-9 in the SEC, while Auburn fell to 22-30 and 8-19.

 

 

Ole Miss softball earns first NCAA bid

Posted 5/16/2016 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Ole Miss softball team added another chapter to its history-making season Sunday when it received its first bid to the NCAA tournament as one of 11 teams from the Southeastern Conference.

 

Howard's blast caps Auburn's SEC tournament title

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tiffany Howard had done almost everything. Hit .415? Stroke doubles and triples and lead the team in hits? No problem. Earn Southeastern Conference All-Freshman and All-Defensive honors as well as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region and All-America accolades? The Auburn outfielder accomplished that last season.

 

No. 3 MSU pounds Auburn

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 3 Mississippi State baseball team pounded out 21 hits Saturday to take a 16-6 win against Auburn at Plainsman Park. The victory helped MSU (36-14, 1, 17-9 SEC) clinch its eighth SEC series of the season, while Auburn fell to 22-29 and 8-18. MSU enters the final four games of the regular season in sole possession of second place in the Western Division. It is within two games of the overall lead in the standings.

 

 

Lartigue's walk-off home run lifts Ole Miss

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Henri Lartigue's three-run home run, his second walk-off of the season, lifted the No. 6 Ole Miss baseball team to a 7-5 victory against Kentucky on Saturday evening at Swayze Field. The Rebels (39-13, 17-10 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a five-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep of the Wildcats (29-23, 13-14).

 

 

Auburn earns two big wins to reach title game

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Friday was a pretty good day at the office for the Auburn softball team. After defeating No. 5 seed Alabama earlier in the day, No. 4 seeded Auburn knocked off No. 1 seed and top-ranked Florida 2-1 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park.

 

 

Bell, Simmons lead LSU past Tennessee

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- LSU senior infielder Bianka Bell has fond memories of watching her older sister, Briana, play softball for Mississippi State. Now she is making memories at MSU's new field, Nusz Park. Bell hit a solo home run and teammate Sandra Simmons hit a game-winning two-run shot Friday afternoon to help No. 7 seed LSU beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 3-1 in eight innings in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

 

No. 1 Florida survives Ole Miss in quarterfinals

Posted 5/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss senior pitcher Madi Osias looks forward to hanging out with her teammates this weekend. "There is no school and this is the first weekend all year where we have not had games to play," Osias said. "I will be honest with you, this is going to be a lot of fun. We are going to hang out and bond and just enjoy being with each other. "It will be a long weekend because there is so much excitement about what lies ahead."

 

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