The Mississippi State Baseball program is set to host its annual Fall World Series beginning today at Dudy Noble Field. All five games are free to attend and open to the public.
The five-game series will start with a 3:15 p.m. first pitch today and follow with a 2:15 p.m. start time on Friday. The third game of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.
The Bulldogs will take a break from the five-game series to host Alabama in a fall scrimmage at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.
The Fall World Series resumes with the fourth game at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, while the five-game set will conclude Thursday, Oct. 21 with first pitch set for 3 p.m.
All five games will be played regardless of the outcome.
No. 5 Kentucky holds off visiting Bulldogs
The Mississippi State volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak come to close Wednesday with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 loss to fifth-ranked Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky.
Gabby Waden rattled home a match-leading 16 kills on a crisp .324 hitting percentage and added 2 blocks for Mississippi State (12-5, 3-2 Southeastern Conference). Kentucky native Lauren Myrick turned in a strong all-around effort with 10 kills, 13 digs and a career-best 4 blocks. She also was an effective 27 of 28 in the serve-pass game.
Shania Cromartie delivered 9 kills and was a spotless 22 for 22 on her serve-receive attempts. The 22 passes without a reception error is a career-best for Cromartie.
Lilly Gunter grinded her way to another 20-dig effort at libero and distributed 3 assists with an ace. Mississippi State’s setters, Gabby Coulter and Margaret Dean, dished out a combined 37 assists and picked up 13 digs.
The Bulldogs will face South Carolina in a 6 p.m. match Wednesday, Oct. 13, streamed online by SEC Network+ and available via the ESPN app. Admission is free for all home volleyball matches with gates opening one hour prior to first serve.
Broska moving on at ITA All-American
No. 27 Florian Broska began the ITA All-American with a win Wednesday morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Broska beat Central Florida’s Trey Hilderbrand 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the main draw. He will face sixth-ranked Johannus Monday of Tennessee at noon Thursday.
No. 36 Nemanja Malesevic, the Bulldogs’ other representative at the ITA All-American, lost to No. 13 Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky on Wednesday 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Malesevic meets No. 39 Raphael Lambling of South Carolina in the consolation bracket at 11:30 a.m. today. Malesevic defeated Lambling 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 on March 12 in Starkville.
Antonaki earns ranked win at ITA All-American
Mississippi State’s women’s tennis picked up a standout singles win by No. 22 Emmanouela Antonaki, who defeated No. 28 Chloe Beck of Duke 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) on Wednesday morning in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
It was Antonaki’s second ranked win of the fall, with the first coming against No. 50 Megan Davies of South Carolina on Sept. 18 at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic.
Antonaki moves on to meet No. 7 Irina Cantos Siemers of Ohio State at 8 a.m. today.
The 41st-ranked duo of Antonaki and Tamara Racine were set to play the 28th-ranked team of Mary Lewis and Maja Pietrowicz of Michigan State on Wednesday, but the match was postponed until today because of inclement weather.
Magda Adaloglou and Chloé Cirotte were scheduled to compete in singles and doubles matches at the ITF Hilton Head 15K in South Carolina on Wednesday but were postponed until today.
EMCC places eighth in Amory tournament
East Mississippi Community College put together back-to-back rounds of 348 to finish eighth at the MACCC men’s golf tournament hosted by Itawamba Community College on Monday and Tuesday at River Birch Golf Club in Amory.
The Lions were in seventh place following Monday’s round at the 6,841-yard, par-72 layout.
Matthew Phillips followed an opening-round, 4-over 76 with an 80 on Tuesday to finish 24th with a two-day score of 156.
Payton Chandler, who was the Lions’ top finisher a week ago at the season-opening, Hinds-hosted tourney, shaved eight strokes off his first-round score to shoot a 78 on Tuesday and place 33rd at 164.
Lawson Studdard (96-90—186/47th), Thomas Jackson (92-100/48th) and Will Teague (94-101—195/49th) rounded out East Mississippi’s scoring at the event.
The Lions are scheduled to compete in their next MACCC men’s golf tournament Oct. 25-26 at Windance Country Club in Gulfport hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.