STARKVILLE -- Focus has been instrumental to the Mississippi State women's basketball team's success.
STARKVILLE -- Blair Schaefer is fine.
Tatjana Matthews saw plenty of things she plans to work on with the Mississippi University for Women's softball team.
HATTIESBURG -- After the first day of its season, the Mississippi State baseball team was searching for contact of any kind. Six hits and 11 strikeouts left MSU scoreless and on the brink of losing the first series of the season.
HATTIESBURG -- Ethan Small expected to be more nervous.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team earned a piece of history Thursday night. Teaira McCowan and Victoria Vivians shared team-high scoring honors with 19 points to lead No. 2 MSU to a 95-50 victory against Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium.
Johndavid Birdsong's single to left field scored pinch runner Eiland Cleckler to lift the Mississippi University for Women baseball team to a 5-4 victory against Crowley's Ridge College at Columbus High School. The W (2-3) completed the doubleheader sweep with an 11-1 victory in the nightcap.
STARKVILLE -- Cassady Knudsen kept the Mississippi State softball team's shutout streak going Thursday night with a complete-game one-hitter in a 3-0 victory against Tennessee-Martin at Nusz Park. Knudsen (2-0) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a single to Jodie Duncan. MSU (5-0) has thrown a program-record five-straight shutouts to open the season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- All kinds of thoughts swirled through Riley LaChance's mind after an official reviewed a replay of his game-winning shot.
STARKVILLE -- While the season is way too young to make projections, it is safe to say the Mississippi State pitching staff is off to a good start.
The Mississippi University for Women baseball team experienced plenty of firsts last weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State hired Joe Moorhead for his offense, and he has not forgotten that. He has made it clear he is going to maintain the playcalling duties as MSU's head coach, but he's also made another thing clear: he has going to have plenty of help.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Hudspeth and Andrew Breiner can both empathize with Joe Moorhead. Both of them have years of head coaching experience -- Hudspeth with seven years at North Alabama before seven more at Louisiana-Lafayette, Breiner with four at Fordham -- so they know what Moorhead has on his plate.
STARKVILLE -- Considering the alternatives, there was no way Hunter Stovall could truly lose the battle for Mississippi State's starting shortstop. He knew entering this academic year it would be him and Luke Alexander battling for that spot throughout the fall and likely in the spring, as well. If he won, he would have a starting position he's always coveted; if he didn't, he would move to second and resume a double play combination that got years of practice in youth travel ball that both parties loved.
STARKVILLE -- Abdul Ado is a bit of an anomaly. While other high school players attracted attention from college coaches by scoring, Ado received Division I offers by rebounding, blocking shots, and chasing loose balls. He did those things while averaging less than 10 points per game, including less than eight per game as a senior.
STARKVILLE -- The records that have fallen this season don't faze the Mississippi State women's basketball team. A program-record 26-0 start (12-0 in the Southeastern Conference) has generated a buzz on campus. It also has been satisfying to set an all-time Humphrey Coliseum record crowd of 10,794 for a victory against South Carolina.
OXFORD -- Arkansas men's basketball coach Mike Anderson smiled, nodded his head affirmatively and used one his favorite words -- "energy" -- to describe the performance of Razorbacks on Tuesday night. "We've got some young energy," said Anderson, after Arkansas beat Ole Miss 75-54 in a Southeastern Conference game at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Mississippi State freshman pitcher Zane Stephens on Sunday for driving under the influence. He was released on bond. Neither MSU nor MSU coach Andy Cannizaro has commented on Stephens' arrest.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy and the school are parting ways after 12 seasons. Kennedy announced Monday his decision to step down as coach at the end of the season. The decision comes two days after Ole Miss (11-14, 4-8 Southeastern Conference) lost at LSU to extend its losing streak to five.
The significance of Sunday's games wasn't lost on Bailee Watts. The Bishopville, South Carolina, native didn't know a lot about the history of the Mississippi University for Women's athletic department when she arrived in Columbus, but she still felt the pressure when The W re-booted the softball program for its first game in 15 years.
1. The W baseball team wins first two games COLLEGE SPORTS
2. No. 2 MSU women clinch share of SEC regular-season title COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Knudsen helps MSU extend shutout streak COLLEGE SPORTS
4. West Lowndes basketball teams win to reach title games HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope boys edge Louisville to reach title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS