STARKVILLE -- The transformation of Mississippi State's basketball program under new coach Ben Howland continues.
Vic Schaefer always is prepared to coach better and to teach better. Matt Insell's teams are going to continue to play defense and a full-court trapping style. As much as the Mississippi State and Ole Miss women's basketball coaches like to have time to study and to adjust to changes in their game, they are ready for a host of changes that could be enacted next month when the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel meets for a conference call June 8. That's when that panel will discuss rules changes that were recommended earlier this month by the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee.
HATTIESBURG -- Connor Barron grew up just a few miles from Southern Mississippi, watching in high school as the Golden Eagles went to the NCAA tournament year after year, even advancing to the College World Series in 2009. By the time he arrived on campus, he figured making the postseason was a birthright in Hattiesburg. It's not that easy.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Sophomore right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett scattered nine hits in a complete-game effort Tuesday morning to lead the 11th-seeded Alabama baseball team to a 6-1 win against sixth-seeded Ole Miss in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. With the win, Alabama (31-26) advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and will take on third-seeded Texas A&M at 9:30 a.m. today (SEC Network). Ole Miss (30-26) will wait to see about a possible destination for the NCAA tournament. The field will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday (ESPNU).
WEST POINT -- In the span of two hours Monday night, Mississippi State's football program landed one of the nation's hottest high school prospects and then lost him. Scott Lashley, a four-star prospect from West Point High School, committed to the Bulldogs at approximately 6 p.m. Monday after making an unofficial visit to MSU. He is believed to have made his only public comments about his decision moments later, when a message on his personal Twitter account said, "Thanks to all the schools who recruited me, but I am committing to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs." By 8 p.m., that message had been deleted. Those closest to Lashley said the 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle had backed off his commitment.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's baseball team had its share of disappointments on the field this season. Off the field, one Bulldog added to an impressive legacy. Senior Seth Heck, a junior college transfer from Tacoma (Washington) Community College, was named the Southeastern Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball for the second consecutive season. This season, Heck started 27 games at shortstop and 21 games at third base.
Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin suddenly has work to do to finish MSU's 2016 football schedule. A slate that originally looked finalized when MSU announced a home-and-home deal with BYU in March now has a hole in Week 3, as Tulane informed MSU that it is canceling the Sept. 24, 2016, game in Starkville between the teams.
JACKSON -- Freshman David Pimentel was one of six members of the East Mississippi Community College baseball team to receive Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State honors on Monday.
JACKSON -- After three mostly mediocre seasons at Southern Mississippi, James McMahon's final year with the Golden Eagles has been memorable. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound senior from Hattiesburg continued a dream spring Monday by winning the Ferriss Trophy, which is given annually to the state's top college baseball player.
The South Carolina baseball team understands what's at stake this week in the Southeastern Conference tournament. South Carolina (32-24, 13-17 SEC) enters its first-round game today against Missouri (29-26, 15-15) at Hoover, Alabama, knowing it needs a productive week to reach the NCAA tournament for a 16th-consecutive season. An early elimination likely means they'll be left out of the NCAA field for the first time since 1999.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- When postseason play began, Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman said her squad would go as far as pitcher Alexis Silkwood could carry them. Silkwood carried the Bulldogs to the doorstep of the championship round of the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional. However, the bats couldn't help guide the team through to a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- It was a different ending for Julia Echols. However, this one hurt just as bad, if not more, for the Mississippi State senior second baseman. Echols was injured when the MSU softball team's season ended in the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional a year ago. On Sunday afternoon, Echols was a big part of the action. However, the final out in a 2-0 loss to Baylor in the Lafayette Regional at Lamson Park was even more severe, as it meant the end of her career with the Bulldogs.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- It took a long time, but the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team came away the big winner when the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional came to a close Sunday night. With four games at Lamson Park, top-seeded ULL closed the regional with a 9-1 win against second-seeded Baylor in six innings to claim the regional title late Sunday night.
Former New Hope High School standout DJ Sanders has played softball her entire life. Still, she keeps learning.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After a shutout victory in Friday's regional opener, the Alabama softball team turned in an even more impressive shutout Saturday against Washington, as the offense blasted three home runs and Alexis Osorio was one hitter away from throwing a perfect game in a 9-0 victory in five innings in a winners' bracket game of the NCAA tournament Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The two weather delays Saturday were more of an inconvenience for the fans than they were for Scottie Hearn. The Mississippi State sprinter had to endure one that came immediately before his lone solo event -- the 400-meter hurdles -- at the Southeastern Conference Championships. By the time the meet was set to resume, meet officials had decided to do a "rolling" meet in which warmup periods and podium recognition would be abandoned. It wasn't a sweat for Hearn, who set a new personal record and won the event with a time of 49.39 seconds.
In a span of six minutes, the Mississippi State women's track team tallied 27 points, which helped propel it to its highest team finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The burst started with a 14-point haul in the 1,500 meters, where Rihanwedd Price and Marta Freitas finished second and third, respectively, with times of 4 minutes, 18.32 seconds and 4:19.38. Then, Erica Bougard ran 13.02 in the 100 hurdles for third and Ste-yce McNeil took seventh. Shayla Lucket then ran a 47.24 in the open 400 to take fourth.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't hold a ninth-inning lead Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Tennessee in its final game of the season. Tennessee (24-25, 11-18 Southeastern Conference) scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the three-game SEC series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- After a record-breaking performance Thursday, Mississippi State senior Erica Bougard continued her dominance Friday at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships, when she finished first and set a meet and school record with 6,250 points in the heptathlon.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Missed opportunities. The Mississippi State softball team had the baserunners Friday night, but it couldn't deliver the critical hit it needed. MSU stranded 10 runners in its opening game at the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional en route to an 8-4 loss to Baylor at Louisiana-Lafayette's Lamson Park. MSU (35-20) will play to keep its season alive at 6 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Weber State (38-18). The Bulldogs will have to win twice Saturday to advance to today's championship round.
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