First place in the Southeastern Conference was slipping through the Mississippi State baseball team's fingers Friday afternoon, a day after its third-consecutive conference loss. MSU returned from College Station, Texas, 24 hours later having guaranteed no worse than a tie for first by the weekend's end. The turnaround began with Denver McQuary and Cole Gordon.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After trailing by five runs through the first five innings, the Ole Miss baseball team rallied and brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning but lost to No. 5 Florida 6-4 in Game 3 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at McKethan Stadium.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Despite leading for half the game, the No. 21 Ole Miss softball team gave up two runs late and lost to Missouri 3-2 in nine innings Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference didn't schedule the Mississippi State and Ole Miss softball teams to play one another in conference action this season. That changed Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior center fielder Amanda Ivy is always looking to provide a spark for her team. When trailing by more than a run, there is only so much a player can do at the plate, so Ivy tried to give her team a lift on defense. "The thing about our team is we go all out," Ivy said. "We are going to compete until there are no more outs. If there is a play to be made, we are going to try to make it. Stay in the process. Play a game one pitch at a time. Make plays. I love the fight in this team. We are going to battle."
STARKVILLE -- It's far from uncommon to see college athletes that left school early for the professional ranks return to school to finish their degrees. In this day and age with year-round enrollment and numerous redshirts, it's even normal for some football players to receive graduate degrees before finishing their eligibilities.
STARKVILLE -- To see how collegiate golf has changed in Clay Homan's 14 years at Mississippi State, all he needs to do is look out the back window of his office.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team's offense was held in check Thursday in a 9-2 loss to No. 16 Texas A&M in Game 1 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Blue Bell Park.
STARKVILLE -- Figuring out Cody Brown's position in the field can be a daily adventure -- not that he minds. When it comes to the lineup, there's no moving Brown. He has proven to be too valuable as a cleanup hitter. The Mississippi State baseball team (30-16, 14-7 Southeastern Conference) will look for Brown to continue his seven-game hitting streak at 6:30 tonight (ESPNU) when it takes on Texas A&M (33-13, 13-8) in Game 1 of its three-game SEC weekend series in College Station, Texas.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State men's tennis sophomore Nuno Borges earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors and was one of four players Wednesday to receive postseason league honors.
OXFORD -- Behind six shutdown innings by redshirt senior Sean Johnson, the Ole Miss baseball team made sure head coach Mike Bianco went home happy on his birthday with a 5-3 victory against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday afternoon at Swayze Field.
STARKVILLE -- From last spring to this one, Josh Lovelady traded crutches for the ice bath. His legs still require daily maintenance and attention, but he prefers this way much better -- this way he gets to play.
STARKVILLE -- If there was a time when the Mississippi State men's tennis was most prepared to take on a draw like this one, now is it. Days after coming a few points short of a Southeastern Conference championship, MSU learned Tuesday it will travel to Oklahoma to face third-seeded SMU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 12. A victory would set up a second-round match against No. 14 national seed and top-seeded Oklahoma (15-10) or fourth-seeded Bryant (12-13) on May 13.
After taking more time to think about it, West Point High School rising senior Marcus Murphy still likes his original decision. After de-committing from Mississippi State in January, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star athlete by 247, re-committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday afternoon. He made the announcement on his Twitter page.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama is giving coach Nick Saban plenty of incentive to stick around -- and to sign a contract extension in the first place. University trustees on Tuesday approved a three-year extension through the 2024 season that could pay Saban at least $65 million over the next eight years and again make him college football's highest-paid coach. Saban will make $11.125 million this year, counting a $4 million signing bonus and a $400,000 completion bonus.
STARKVILLE -- The Cannizaro family of baseball made its first impression on Auburn coach Butch Thompson almost a decade ago. Thompson's first exposure to the Cannizaros came in 2008 when he was an assistant coach at Auburn trying to recruit Andy's younger brother, Garrett, who ultimately decided to follow in his brother's footsteps and stayed close to home to play for Tulane, but the impression was made.
OXFORD -- The No. 20 Ole Miss softball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs to beat No. 13 Alabama 5-4. The win helped Ole Miss (34-17, 8-13 Southeastern Conference) earn a walk-off victory for the fifth time in the last two weeks, and the ninth time this season. It also enabled Ole Miss to secure its first series victory against Alabama (39-13, 11-9).
STARKVILLE -- "It's just one day." Therein lies Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro's simplistic approach to leaving the Auburn series behind him and his Bulldogs (30-16, 14-7 Southeastern Conference). Cannizaro was referencing Auburn sweeping a Saturday doubleheader, 17-8 and 5-3, to take the series, MSU's first conference series loss being swept in the conference debut at Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro would certainly prefer to not be without second baseman Hunter Stovall for an extended period of time, given he's already had to do it once.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's pitching has been defying the odds for months now, performing at a rate ranking among the top half in the nation with, thanks to injury, a staff half of the size of most others.
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