STARKVILLE -- Sandra Simmons is tough. The LSU senior has developed a reputation as being one of the Southeastern Conference's most tenacious players. Simmons showed that attitude in the LSU softball team's victory against Texas A&M on Wednesday. She delivered again Thursday, hitting a three-run home run to lift No. 12 LSU past No. 11 Kentucky 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Butch Thompson would have sacrificed almost anything to get Dakota Hudson. The former Mississippi State baseball pitching coach went to see the right-hander pitch for his Sequatchie County High School team one night in a game in Dunlap, Tennessee, which is right outside of Chattanooga. Coaches from four other Southeastern Conference teams were there that night, so Thompson knew it was going to be a challenge to get Hudson to become a Bulldog. He left not knowing what Hudson was going to do, but he received a call from Hudson halfway back to Starkville and Hudson gave him a verbal commitment.
STARKVILLE -- Growing up as an Atlanta Braves fan, Meghan Gregg decided to replicate her swing after a Brave. Gregg didn't pattern her swing off Chipper Jones, one of the best Braves in the last 15 years. Instead, she watched Andruw Jones when he stepped into the batter's box.
OXFORD -- Tate Blackman, Colby Bortles Henri Lartigue, and Errol Robinson had two hits Thursday to lead the No. 6 Ole Miss baseball team to a 3-1 victory against Kentucky at Swayze Field.
According to numerous reports, Ole Miss officials have determined a text message conversation published to Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil's Instagram account during the NFL draft did happen last year, but the school is still looking into whether the messages were altered before they were published.
TROY, Ala. -- The No. 3 Mississippi State baseball team had 12 hits and used a four-run first inning to earn a 7-3 victory against Troy on Wednesday night at Riddle-Pace Field.
STARKVILLE -- Bailey Landry's mind-set doesn't change. Regardless of the situation, the junior right fielder tries to go to the plate or to take the field with the same attitude every time. No. 12 LSU needed Landry to do that Wednesday in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 16 Texas A&M.
STARKVILLE -- Kaylea Snaer knows she needs to step up for the South Carolina softball team. As the team leader in batting average, Snaer has to deliver when she has opportunities to drive in a run. Snaer's ability to follow the advice of hitting coach Calvin Beamon on Wednesday helped her make the most of her chance, as she hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning that forced extra innings and helped send South Carolina to a 7-4 victory against No. 17 Missouri in eight innings in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Elantra Cox believes she has always played softball with a level head. Fortunately for the sophomore left fielder, a lot of the members of the Ole Miss softball team feel that way. As Ole Miss continues to re-write the school's record book, the level-headed focus will be critical moving forward. That focus was there Wednesday, as Ole Miss beat No. 15 Georgia 4-2 at Nusz Park for its first victory in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball season ended in a less-than-surprising fashion Wednesday night. Playing before a crowd of 1,436 in the first Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park, MSU committed five errors and fell to No. 4 Alabama 7-5.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Gridley knows he is flying under the radar.
STARKVILLE -- Kayla Winkfield called it "a leap of faith." When Mississippi State hired Vann Stuedeman in the summer of 2011 to reverse the fortunes of its softball program, one of her initial targets was Winkfield, an All-State senior at Giddings High School (Texas).
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore Cassady Knudsen threw the 18th no-hitter in school history Monday to lead the Mississippi State softball team to an 8-0 victory against Alcorn State in five innings at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball junior Nathaniel Lowe was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After five and a half scoreless innings to open the game, the Mississippi State softball team allowed four in the sixth before losing to No. 12 Kentucky 4-0 on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium. The Bulldogs had only five hits in the final Southeastern Conference regular-season game for both teams.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia baseball team used two five-run innings Sunday to beat No. 7 Ole Miss 13-2 in Game 3 of the three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Foley Field. The victory helped the Bulldogs (23-25, 8-16 SEC) avoid a sweep at the hands of the Rebels (36-13, 14-10).
STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference sweeps have been elusive for the Mississippi State baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- Nathaniel Lowe decided to make a minor change to his swing. While watching the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on ESPN on Sunday night, the Mississippi State baseball junior noticed many of the hitters lifted their leg lift when they swung, so Lowe decided to try it in practice. He felt comfortable enough with it and implemented it Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen doesn't have a timetable for naming a starting quarterback. The Mississippi State football coach is in the process of replacing Dak Prescott, who broke 38 school records and was drafted last week by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (135th pick overall) of the NFL draft. But after 15 spring practices, Mullen didn't see any of the four quarterbacks separate themselves, so the picture is still unclear.
STARKVILLE -- Jacob Robson always gives it his all. That's why it was no surprise when the Mississippi State junior outfielder scored from first base on a failed pickoff attempt by Ole Miss pitcher Will Stokes on April 1. The ball skipped past first baseman Will Golsan and allowed Robson to hustle around the diamond and to slide in safely at home. But Robson didn't know the play would cost him 13 games.
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