LAFAYETTE, La. -- When postseason play began, Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman said her squad would go as far as pitcher Alexis Silkwood could carry them. Silkwood carried the Bulldogs to the doorstep of the championship round of the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional. However, the bats couldn't help guide the team through to a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- It was a different ending for Julia Echols. However, this one hurt just as bad, if not more, for the Mississippi State senior second baseman. Echols was injured when the MSU softball team's season ended in the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional a year ago. On Sunday afternoon, Echols was a big part of the action. However, the final out in a 2-0 loss to Baylor in the Lafayette Regional at Lamson Park was even more severe, as it meant the end of her career with the Bulldogs.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- It took a long time, but the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team came away the big winner when the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional came to a close Sunday night. With four games at Lamson Park, top-seeded ULL closed the regional with a 9-1 win against second-seeded Baylor in six innings to claim the regional title late Sunday night.
Former New Hope High School standout DJ Sanders has played softball her entire life. Still, she keeps learning.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After a shutout victory in Friday's regional opener, the Alabama softball team turned in an even more impressive shutout Saturday against Washington, as the offense blasted three home runs and Alexis Osorio was one hitter away from throwing a perfect game in a 9-0 victory in five innings in a winners' bracket game of the NCAA tournament Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The two weather delays Saturday were more of an inconvenience for the fans than they were for Scottie Hearn. The Mississippi State sprinter had to endure one that came immediately before his lone solo event -- the 400-meter hurdles -- at the Southeastern Conference Championships. By the time the meet was set to resume, meet officials had decided to do a "rolling" meet in which warmup periods and podium recognition would be abandoned. It wasn't a sweat for Hearn, who set a new personal record and won the event with a time of 49.39 seconds.
In a span of six minutes, the Mississippi State women's track team tallied 27 points, which helped propel it to its highest team finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The burst started with a 14-point haul in the 1,500 meters, where Rihanwedd Price and Marta Freitas finished second and third, respectively, with times of 4 minutes, 18.32 seconds and 4:19.38. Then, Erica Bougard ran 13.02 in the 100 hurdles for third and Ste-yce McNeil took seventh. Shayla Lucket then ran a 47.24 in the open 400 to take fourth.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't hold a ninth-inning lead Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Tennessee in its final game of the season. Tennessee (24-25, 11-18 Southeastern Conference) scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the three-game SEC series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- After a record-breaking performance Thursday, Mississippi State senior Erica Bougard continued her dominance Friday at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships, when she finished first and set a meet and school record with 6,250 points in the heptathlon.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Missed opportunities. The Mississippi State softball team had the baserunners Friday night, but it couldn't deliver the critical hit it needed. MSU stranded 10 runners in its opening game at the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional en route to an 8-4 loss to Baylor at Louisiana-Lafayette's Lamson Park. MSU (35-20) will play to keep its season alive at 6 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Weber State (38-18). The Bulldogs will have to win twice Saturday to advance to today's championship round.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Mother Nature continues to be the big winner in the NCAA tournament's Lafayette Regional. The elimination game between Mississippi State and Weber State was halted by rain Saturday night. MSU led 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the delay started at 7:56 p.m. That game will be completed at noon today.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss baseball team wrapped up its 2015 regular season with 7-4 victory against No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field. The Rebels (30-25, 15-14 Southeastern Conference) and Aggies (43-10, 18-10) were scheduled to play two seven-inning games, but Game 2 was canceled due to inclement weather.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State baseball team failed to cash in on early scoring opportunities and it cost them dearly in Southeastern Conference baseball action Thursday night. Tennessee erased an early deficit and pulled away to a 5-2 win in the opening game of a three-game weekend series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has made her mark as a pitching specialist. However, Stuedeman has built the Bulldogs program in atypical fashion. Instead of using one ace pitcher, the Bulldogs have relied on pitching by committee -- with starters some relieving and relievers sometimes starting. She has called it playing softball with a baseball mentality. This season, though, has proven quite different.
Aqua Franklin's goal is to be a head coach. Her eyes have been on that prize ever since she took her initial position as an assistant coach in 2010. When Brandon Schneider, the man who gave her that first job at Stephen F. Austin called recently to ask if she would be interested in joining his staff at Kansas, Franklin had to stop and think. On one hand, she reminded herself she never wanted to take what she considered a "lateral" move because it could jeopardize her career plans. On the other hand, she contemplated the importance of adding the title of associate head coach to her resume and getting the chance to learn a different system and how those things could help her grow as a coach.
Jay Jay Swanigan can exhale. After pounding the pavement to try to find a place to play basketball in college, the Columbus High School senior finalized his plans Tuesday to play at Itawamba Community College in Fulton in a signing ceremony at Columbus High. Swanigan signed the official National Letter of Intent on Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts never imagined his Mississippi State baseball career could end like this. The senior closer was part of MSU's run to the College World Series and national championship series in 2013. He also enjoyed NCAA regional appearances as a freshman in 2012 and as a junior in 2014.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman bought in the first time she met Vic Schaefer. "You can tell he is a winner," Stuedeman said. "He came in with a plan to build a national championship contender. When he walks into a room, there is a presence. You can tell he is all about winning."
STARKVILLE -- One by one, Mississippi State track and field athletes gushed Tuesday about the opportunity to compete for a conference championship on their home turf during a news conference at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum. Each athlete questioned about the advantages of MSU playing host to the Southeastern Conference Championships for the first time since 2002 talked about the advantage of being able to sleep at home, to avoid strenuous travel, and to compete in familiar surroundings.
Victoria Vivians no longer is a freshman. The end of classes for the 2014-15 school year means a player who had one of the biggest impacts on her women's basketball team this past season is a sophomore. Judging from the Vivians' comments Tuesday, she is ready to take on an even bigger leadership role as she prepares for the 2015-16 season.
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