ELLISVILLE -- For the second-straight year, the Dudley Softball National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Year is a Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat. Lauren Holifield, who recently completed her sophomore season, was named the national Player of the Year on Monday. "All I can say is that hard work pays off," the former New Hope High School standout said Monday afternoon. "I put a lot of hard work into my game in the offseason and this past season and it paid off.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lauren Sweet learned quickly after striking out in her first at-bat. The senior catcher hit a grand slam her next time up to help the No. 3 Michigan softball team beat No. 6 Alabama 5-0 on Thursday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Women's College World Series opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Everything about Rhianwedd Price is calculated. Price, a sophomore distance runner for Mississippi State's track and field team, works out at the same time each day. She runs the same distance every time. She wears the same color socks for each race. She has a well-rehearsed plan of attack in each race, and knows when to be patient, when to attack, and when to make her move. So how did someone as collected and organized as Price make the most important decision of her life? Blindly, of course.
DESTIN, Fla. -- Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings immediately noticed four new faces when he first stepped into the Southeastern Conference meeting room this week. Stallings also noticed one familiar face was missing. With longtime Florida coach Billy Donovan leaving college for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, Stallings is the new dean of SEC basketball coaches.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Clint Myers has swiftly fulfilled his promise to take the Auburn softball team to the Women's College World Series, while Alabama and Patrick Murphy are making a return trip. The rivals -- one a fast-rising program and other a more traditional power -- will make up a quarter of the eight-team field at the World Series, which will begin Thursday in Oklahoma City. No. 4 seed Auburn (54-9) and sixth-seeded Alabama (47-13) are on opposite sides of the bracket and wouldn't meet before the championship game.
DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field. The league that boasts seven consecutive football national championships, resides in some of the country's most fertile recruiting grounds, and has loads of history and fan support is complaining about being at a competitive disadvantage.
OXFORD -- For the 20th time in program history, the Ole Miss baseball team has earned a berth in the NCAA tournament, the organization's selection committee announced Monday.
STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's baseball team, the questions about next season's team started before MSU's disappointing 2014 season ended.
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HOOVER, Ala. -- Will Haynie's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Alabama beat Missouri 4-3 Thursday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.
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.
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