OXFORD -- Henri Lartigue's three-run home run, his second walk-off of the season, lifted the No. 6 Ole Miss baseball team to a 7-5 victory against Kentucky on Saturday evening at Swayze Field. The Rebels (39-13, 17-10 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a five-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep of the Wildcats (29-23, 13-14).
STARKVILLE -- Friday was a pretty good day at the office for the Auburn softball team. After defeating No. 5 seed Alabama earlier in the day, No. 4 seeded Auburn knocked off No. 1 seed and top-ranked Florida 2-1 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- LSU senior infielder Bianka Bell has fond memories of watching her older sister, Briana, play softball for Mississippi State. Now she is making memories at MSU's new field, Nusz Park. Bell hit a solo home run and teammate Sandra Simmons hit a game-winning two-run shot Friday afternoon to help No. 7 seed LSU beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 3-1 in eight innings in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss senior pitcher Madi Osias looks forward to hanging out with her teammates this weekend. "There is no school and this is the first weekend all year where we have not had games to play," Osias said. "I will be honest with you, this is going to be a lot of fun. We are going to hang out and bond and just enjoy being with each other. "It will be a long weekend because there is so much excitement about what lies ahead."
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).
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