STARKVILLE -- The message from the Mississippi State University softball locker room is the team is close. Unfortunately in the Southeastern Conference and against the No. 2 team in the country, close isn't good enough.
STARKVILLE -- Just that quickly and the losing streak is 24 in a row. The Mississippi State University softball team, led by former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman, nearly pulled off one of the most significant upsets in program history. The Bulldogs softball program couldn't hold a 4-2 lead with just nine outs remaining. Instead, the second-ranked Crimson Tide scored the final three runs of the game to take a dramatic 5-4 victory. Alabama plated the game-winning run on a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk by MSU relief pitcher Misty Flesher.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball coaching search process hit the two-week mark Thursday on a confusing note. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released a statement Thursday that, according to sources connected to the search, was intended "to calm the troops" and instill confidence in a fanbase that wants to know why the process has dragged on so long.
STARKVILLE -- Damien Robinson seems to have found a home at right tackle. After suffering through two seasons of being "in a phone booth" at offensive guard, the Mississippi State University sophomore offensive lineman has a chance this season to replace Addison Lawrence and to return to a tackle position he finds more comfortable.
STARKVILLE -- Every graduate school student has to complete an internship. Kelsi Dunne is taking a unique route to fulfilling her obligations.
The East Mississippi Community College baseball team received the atypical Saturday off Thursday afternoon. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ordered the Lions to forfeit Saturday's scheduled North Division doubleheader at Coahoma C.C.
STARKVILLE -- In less than a week, Bryce Drew went from beginning discussions with Mississippi State University about its opening for a men's basketball coach to taking his name out of consideration for that position. After talking with MSU officials Monday in Atlanta, Drew has decided to remain men's basketball coach at Valparaiso University.
STARKVILLE -- One picture says a lot about Vic Schaefer. Perched on the top shelf of a corner organizer, the only picture in his new office at Mississippi State University captures Schaefer, his wife, Holly, and their 16-year-old twins, Blair Nicole and Charles Logan, standing on a ladder to the side of a nearly cut down net waving to fans after the Texas A&M women's basketball team won the 2011 national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Few secrets will be held in reserve this weekend when the Mississippi State University softball team will play host to the No. 2 University of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference three-game series.
STARKVILLE -- In tennis, it may take a novice fan longer to identify a program's best overall player than it does its best drawing card. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team has the best of both worlds with Artem Ilyushin.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson always calls Tuesday's practice "the first days out of the pajamas and into some work clothes". Welcome to the first day of shoulder pads at MSU spring football practice. "It's sort of what I expected out there today with the pads on and people moving at a different speeds out here," Wilson said. "You get to see who really wants to play when you're getting bodies on bodies."
New Hope sophomore pitcher D.J. Sanders was really proud that no opposing batters got hit Tuesday night. Actually, Columbus got no hits and did not get hit, either one. However, it was more of the latter than had Sanders happy in the postgame.
STARKVILLE -- The final scoreboard didn't seem to please Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen in the least.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney's three-year stint with the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is over. The school confirmed the junior center has signed with an agent and will forego his final season of eligibility in an attempt to play professional basketball.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a day to cross potential candidates off the list for Mississippi State University's next men's basketball coach. Steve Prohm, who Murray State University officials confirmed in multiple reports was approached by the search firm on Mississippi State's behalf, signed a contract extension that will pay him $300,000 per year to stay with the Racers through May 2016.
OXFORD -- After five straight years of NCAA tournament appearances and Western Athletic Conference championships at Fresno State University, Adrian Wiggins is ready to move to the Southeastern Conference. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Mississippi will officially introduce Wiggins as its next women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen acknowledges he hasn't had a standout tailback in two of his four spring football practices at the school. Mullen admitted this week this is one of those seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. The No. 3 University of Arkansas baseball team proved Saturday afternoon that theory fits as sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek guided his team to an 8-0 victory against Mississippi State in front of a crowd of 4,554 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University opening night starting pitcher Ben Bracewell might have taken a giant step in his rehabilitation Saturday morning. The sophomore right-hander, who has been out since March 2 with soreness in his pitching elbow, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session off flat ground approximately three hours before MSU's 8-0 loss to the University of Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior outfielder Ka'ili Smith really likes her team's offensive abilities. Smith simply wants to see more production from her and her teammates. The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits but timely hitting again eluded the squad in a 10-3 loss to No. 12 Tennessee at the MSU Softball Field.
1. Getting to the point: Newman buys into Howland's plan COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU's Alwal signs contract with WNBA's Atlanta Dream COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Stillman pitches shutout, New Hope takes 1-0 series lead HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Prep Roundup: Campbell tosses shutout, Starkville wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Toler's home run lifts MSU COLLEGE SPORTS