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MSU softball extends unbeaten streak to 14

Posted 2/24/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After wading in the shallow end of the pool, the Mississippi State softball team is ready to dive into the deep end. MSU completed a weekend sweep of Big 10 Conference foe Iowa 9-1 in five innings Sunday at the MSU Softball Field. The victory extended the program's second-best start in a season to 14 straight wins.

 

 

EMCC women will be top seed for MACJC tournament

Posted 2/24/2014 in College Sports

Sharon Thompson felt like her East Mississippi Community College women's basketball coach had potential even though it had plenty of youth.

 

 

MSU baseball reeling after doubleheader split with Holy Cross

Posted 2/22/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Through seven games, there's one simple conclusion that can be reached at Dudy Noble Field: Mississippi State just isn't very good right now.

 

 

Postseason talk on hold as MSU faces Ole Miss

Posted 2/22/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Put all of the postseason talk on hold.

 

 

MSU battles hard, skid continues in loss to Arkansas

Posted 2/22/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray is tired of his basketball team getting pats on the back for playing hard. In the eyes of the second-year Bulldogs coach, the time for excuses making for his program is over.

 

 

Alabama throws KO punch in OT to beat MSU

Posted 2/21/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The perseverance, fight, and strength of will the Mississippi State women's basketball team showcased in an upset of Vanderbilt last week were on display again Thursday night.

 

 

Cohen will try to answer questions this weekend

Posted 2/21/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen doesn't like when he has seen from his team in four games this season. The No. 7 Mississippi State baseball team will try to change its course at 4 p.m. today when it plays host to Holy Cross in the first game of a four-game weekend series at Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

Arkansas game will be special for MSU's Ready

Posted 2/21/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- IJ Ready waited for the Arkansas men's basketball program to offer him a scholarship. At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Ready waited and waited.

 

 

Cohen: MSU loses 'identity' in loss to Memphis

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team figured out Wednesday night they're not going to be treated like the national runner-up. MSU coach John Cohen kept his team in the clubhouse for more than 30 minutes following a 6-4 loss to Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. He then used words like "immature," "unprepared," and "selfish" to describe his club (2-2) after it committed three errors and struck out seven times.

 

 

Schaefer wants MSU focused on Alabama

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

Don't mention the future to Vic Schaefer. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows his team likely has secured some kind of postseason opportunity following the Southeastern Conference tournament. What acronym the Bulldogs find themselves playing in remains to be seen. That's why Schaefer wants his team's focus squarely on Alabama at 7 tonight when the teams meet at Foster Auditorium.

 

 

MSU softball teams wins 11th-straight game to open season

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Thrilled. Excited. Surprised. Mississippi State senior first baseman Sam Lenahan was full of adjectives to describe her team's 11-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs matched the second-best start in school history Wednesday afternoon with a 6-0 victory against Central Arkansas at the MSU Softball Field.

 

 

Fast start pushes LSU past MSU

Posted 2/20/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the LSU men's basketball team needed to get off to a quick start against Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Tigers didn't disappoint coach Johnny Jones as they scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 92-81 victory against the Bulldogs.

 

 

Randle, Kentucky too much for Ole Miss

Posted 2/19/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Kentucky's Julius Randle started his big night with a few dunks, then made a boatload of free throws and capped it off with a difficult finish in the lane to seal the victory.

 

 

Ray still perplexed by how games are officiated

Posted 2/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's answer epitomized his frustration about how college basketball games are being officiated this season. When asked if he knew how games are being called, the Mississippi State men's basketball coach shook his head and wanted to move on.

 

 

Lack of depth continues to plague Bulldogs

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Basically Rick Ray is confounded by the same problem he found himself in last year.

 

 

Cohen uses familiar formula to get 500th victory

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen and the Mississippi State baseball team used a familiar formula Sunday to earn a landmark victory. Whether it has been at Northwestern State, Kentucky, or his alma mater MSU, Cohen has relied on a recipe of taking pitches, getting on base, using his bullpen, and capitalizing with runners in scoring position to have success as a head coach. When your team holds the opponent to three extra-base hits and six runs in three games, that strategy will produce results.

 

 

Alwal helps MSU upset No. 16 Vanderbilt

Posted 2/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sunday wasn't a restful day for Martha Alwal It's bad enough the junior center had to deal with the lingering effects of an illness that had bothered her for the past few days. To make matters worse, Alwal had to deal with an undersized group of post players from Vanderbilt who poked, pushed, and hip checked her nearly every time she dared to go near the lane.

 

 

MSU women looking for identity-building victory

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has established its identity. Coach Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs also have earned the respect of their Southeastern Conference peers. Now it's time for MSU to fine-tune its performance to turn its share of close calls its way down the stretch.

 

 

Fitts delivers strong start to help MSU get first win

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The major questions following the Mississippi State baseball team's first series of the season may have been solved Saturday by an unexpected individual.

 

 

Late tip lifts South Carolina past Alabama

Posted 2/15/2014 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin doesn't mind crediting a little divine intervention for a 67-66 victory against Alabama on Saturday that gave his Gamecocks back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins for the first time in three seasons.

 

 

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