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.
STARKVILLE -- Matthew Mitchell knows Mississippi State better than most coaches.
STARKVILLE -- The power of five has been a key all season for the Mississippi State basketball team. Instead of relying on one or two players to carry the offensive load, the Bulldogs have shared the wealth with a motion offense and a healthy dose of half-court sets to get all five players involved.
STARKVILLE -- Power hitting and shutdown pitching carried the Mississippi State softball team to a sweep of Missouri State and Mississippi Valley State on Sunday at Nusz Park to clinch the Bulldog Kickoff Classic title.
OXFORD -- Shaquera Wade's layup after a steal with 36 seconds remaining and Jordan Lewis' two free throws moments later Sunday helped the Alabama women's basketball team rally for an 82-79 victory against Alabama at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Wade stripped Alissa Alston of the basketball and converted the layup to give Alabama an 80-79 lead with 15 seconds left. The Rebels failed to convert following a timeout to set the stage for Lewis' free throws with seven seconds remaining.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team kicked its season off in style Friday with two dominating pitching performances at Nusz Park.
With a new artificial turf surface at the Don Usher Softball Field, Mississippi University for Women softball coach Tatjana Matthews doesn't need the rain to go away to ensure her team plays its season opener at noon today against Millsaps College. However, Matthews does need her players to understand her, which is why she is thankful they have come to understand "coach," a language that men's and women's coaches speak in every sport.
STARKVILLE -- Morgan William's tenure as point guard for the Mississippi State women's basketball team has been marked by a poised resolve that has helped her overcome any obstacle.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Bulldogs clinch SEC Championship COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Defense hitting stride for Schaefer's Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU softball team beats Drake in Freezer finale COLLEGE SPORTS