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Borges SAOTY

by Caleb Garner, Graduate Assistant/Communications

GAINESVILLE, Fla. 
– Awards keep coming in for Mississippi State's Nuno Borges, as the senior sensation has added another SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the league office announced on Friday morning prior to the Bulldogs' SEC Championship quarterfinal match against Vanderbilt.
 
The honor is the second in a row for the two-time reigning SEC Player of the Year, marking only the second time in conference history that a player has won multiple Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Borges is the only player in league men's tennis history to earn both Player and Scholar-Athlete honors in a career.
 
"Nuno has been absolutely incredible for us this season," head coach Matt Roberts said. "He continues to be a great example of what being a student athlete here at MSU is all about. He leads by example and does a great job being accountable with his teammates. He's extremely deserving of this honor and I'm so proud of him."
 
Borges owns an impressive 3.89 cumulative grade-point average as a kinesiology major, concentrating in clinical exercise physiology. He is the second Bulldog to earn the honor and the first to do so twice.
 
In his final regular season as a Bulldog, Borges is the first Bulldog in the modern era (since before 1969) to go undefeated during regular season dual match play. He has done so playing all his matches at the No. 1 position against the top talent in college tennis.
 
Owning an overall singles mark of 27-2 for 2018-19 entering Friday's match against the Commodores, the second-ranked Borges has only dropped three sets in his 22 dual singles matches, only one in SEC play. Two of those three matches that went to third sets went unfinished. He will also enter the postseason riding a streak of 18 sets won.
 
In doubles, Borges holds a 20-7 overall ledger, including a remarkable 15-4 mark in dual match play alongside Rakic at the No. 1 position with a 9-2 record in SEC action.
 
With the remainder of his senior season left to play, Borges continues to climb up the Bulldog men's tennis wins charts. While already claiming the No. 1 spot in career doubles pairing wins (54 with Rakic), total dual match wins (129) and dual match singles wins (76), he is one win away from tying for the top spot in overall wins (176) and singles wins (111).  
 
In dual match doubles wins, Borges currently sits fifth all-time in career dual match doubles wins (53), just one behind fellow senior Niclas Braun. Borges' 65 doubles wins is just four shy of tying for 10th in program history.
 
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Stephen Jones

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

AZUSA, Calif.
– In his second career appearance in the event, Stephen Jones ran the fastest 3000m steeplechase in the SEC on Thursday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
 
Jones clocked a personal-best 8:53.23 to place third and move into third all-time in MSU history.
 
The evening's distance carnival also saw Sylvia Russell and Caden Foos run in the steeplechase, and Shannon Fair and Mia Meydrich competed in the 5000m.
 
Asia Poe finished her first career heptathlon with 4,935 points to place 14th. Her score ranks fifth in the SEC and is second among league freshmen entering the weekend. Poe came one centimeter shy of winning the long jump with an outdoor personal-best 6.15m (20-2.25) after winning the high jump the day before.
 
Zaria Tillman took 12th in the heptathlon with 4,985 points.
 
For more information on the Mississippi State track and field team, visit HailState.com and follow "HailStateTF" on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
 
Bryan Clay Invitational
Women's Results
3000m Steeplechase: Erica Birk, BYU, 9:55.57
MSU: 22. Sylvia Russell, 10:43.09
 
5000m (Heat 2): Charlotte Prouse, New Mexico
MSU: 27. Mia Meydrich, 17:28.61; Shannon Fair, DNF
 
Heptathlon: Amanda Levin, North Dakota State, 5,695 pts
MSU: 12. Zaria Tillman, 4,985 pts; 14. Asia Poe, 4,935 pts
 
Heptathlon Long Jump: Amanda Levin, North Dakota State, 6.16m (20-2.5, 899 pts)
MSU: 2. Asia Poe, 6.15m (20-2.25, 896 pts); 8. Zaria Tillman, 5.63m (18-5.75, 738 pts)
 
Heptathlon Javelin: Keira McCarrell, Oregon, 44.48m (145-11, 753 pts)
MSU: 13. Zaria Tillman, 29.12m (95-6, 460 pts); 15. Asia Poe, 16.62m (54-6, 226 pts)
 
Heptathlon 800m: Maja Wichhart-Donzo, 2:14.16 (905 pts)
MSU: 10. Zaria Tillman, 2:27.65 (723 pts); 12. Asia Poe, 2:30.34 (689 pts)
 
Men's Results
3000m Steeplechase: Johannes Motschmann, Iona, 8:44.34
MSU: 3. Stephen Jones, 8:53.23; 88. Caden Foos, 9:49.48

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Rowdey Jordan

STARKVILLE  – A pair of SEC aces dueled it out on Thursday (April 18) night at Baum-Walker Stadium, as the No. 3 Mississippi State baseball program dropped a 5-3 decision to No. 10 Arkansas in the series-opening SEC contest.
 
Redshirt-junior Ethan Small (4-1) threw six innings and allowed three runs – all in the sixth inning – on five hits. He walked just one and struck out eight batters to move his season total to 102, making him the sixth Bulldog pitcher to strikeout 100-plus batters in multiple seasons.
 
Small joined the group of Jeff Brantley (1984, 85), Eric DuBose (1995, 96, 97), Matt Ginter (1998, 99), Konnor Pilkington (2017, 18) and B.J. Wallace (1991, 92). The left-hander struck out 122 batters last season.
 
State (32-7, 10-6 SEC) took the early lead on a home run by sophomore Rowdey Jordan in the fifth inning, before Arkansas (28-10, 10-6 SEC) plated three in the sixth. After State got one back in the eighth, the Razorbacks plated a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. Senior Elijah MacNamee hit a solo home run to lead off the ninth and cap the scoring.
 
Senior Jake Mangum reached base twice, once via hit and once on a hit-by-pitch, to move his hitting streak to 19 games. Sophomore Tanner Allen pushed his hitting streak to a season-best seven games with a pair of hits in the game, while Jordan moved his hitting streak to a career-long seven games.
 
 
Quotable
Head Coach Chris Lemonis
On what he told his team after the game
"We are bunch of gritty dudes, so they are always competing until the last out, I can tell you that. We are disappointed, but we have to be able to come back out and get after it tomorrow…We are playing good baseball, probably not our best effort tonight, but in 18 hours we have to be able to come out and get back after it."
 
 
Quick Hitters
Mississippi State
Ethan Small – Became the sixth MSU pitcher to post multiple 100-strikeout seasons, striking out eight batters to end the night with 102 strikeouts in 2019. Allowed three runs on five hits. Walked one in the loss.
Rowdey Jordan – Hit his third home run of the season to open the scoring, moving his hitting streak to a career-long seven games.
Jake Mangum – Reached base twice in the game and extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Elijah MacNamee – Hit his sixth home run of the season to lead off the ninth inning.
Tanner Allen – Posted a pair of hits to move his hitting streak to seven games.
 
Arkansas
Isaiah Campbell – Allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. Didn't walk a batter and struck out 10.
Casey Martin – Drove in two RBIs with a seventh-inning double to give Arkansas a lead.
Christian Franklin – Posted a pair of hits and scored a run.
 
 
Scoring Recap
Top Fifth
Rowdey Jordan opened the scoring with his third home run of the season to right field.
Mississippi State 1, Arkansas 0
 
Bottom Sixth
Arkansas took the lead with three runs on four hits against Ethan Small. The inning started with a walk to Casey Opitz and a single from Christian Franklin. After a sacrifice bunt, Casey Martin doubled to left-center field to score two and Matt Goodheart singled to drive in the third run of the inning.
Arkansas 3, Mississippi State 1
 
Top Eighth
Dustin Skelton started the frame with a double to right-center field and moved to third on a wild pitch. Josh Hatcher grounded out to push Skelton across.
Arkansas 3, Mississippi State 2
 
Bottom Eighth
A leadoff walk was followed by a pair of flyball outs against reliever Riley Self in his second inning of work. Dominic Fletcher then hit a two-out, two run home run to right field to give Arkansas a pair of insurance runs.
Arkansas 5, Mississippi State 2
 
Top Ninth
Elijah MacNamee led off the ninth inning with a home run to left field, but that was all MSU could get in its final at bat.
Arkansas 5, Mississippi State 3
 
 
Up Next
The Diamond Dawgs and Razorbacks will get together again on Friday, April 19, with the contest slated for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. The series finale will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Both games are available on the Mississippi State Sports Network and SEC Network .

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Anastasia Rentouli - 2019 SEC Championship

College Station, Texas – Despite an incredible effort in a match that went to the wire, Mississippi State's women's tennis squad (14-13) fell in a heart-wrenching, 4-3 decision to 19th-ranked tournament host Texas A&M (21-6) in the second round of the SEC Championship Thursday. Unstable weather delayed the start of the match nearly three hours to 4:45 p.m. CT, when the Bulldogs and Aggies took the court to battle as the wind and rain cleared.

In the regular season, MSU met A&M in a close matchup just last Thursday night in Starkville. The Aggies held off the Bulldogs in that meeting 4-2, but State felt confident going into this affair despite it being in Aggie territory and part of the SEC tourney. And State would put up quite a fight.

In doubles, the 12th-seeded Bulldogs fought the fifth-seeded Aggies to the final moments. On court two, State's Emma Antonaki and Anastasia Rentouli were downed by A&M's Renee McBryde and Katya Townsend. Almost simultaneously, MSU's tandem of Janina Braun and Sara Lizariturry evened things by ousting Aggies Riley McQuaid and Lucia Quiterio 6-3 on court three.

With the doubles point on the line, the Bulldogs' 61st-ranked Magda Adaloglou and Tamara Racine battled in a tight match with the Aggies' Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova at No. 1. A&M ultimately fended off State's
duo 7-5, giving the homestanding squad the edge heading into singles.

In singles action, the teams split first sets at the outset and the Aggies went up 2-0 early when State's 67th-ranked rookie Antonaki fell to the 54th-ranked Townsend 6-2, 6-2 on court one. MSU's sophomore Adaloglou answered by overpowering A&M's Makarova 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3. Handing A&M a 3-1 advantage, McBryde overturned the Bulldog rookie Racine in a 6-2, 6-3 decision at No. 4, leaving the Bulldogs in need of all three remaining matches for the victory.

On court five, State's senior Braun ousted A&M's McQuaid 6-2, 6-4 for her fourth victory in a row, putting the Bulldogs in reach yet again.

In an incredible comeback effort, MSU's Rentouli put together a rally that highlighted the day for MSU as she upset the Aggies' 69th-ranked Goldsmith at No. 2. Trailing 6-1, 5-2 in the match, the senior captain battled to win five straight games and take the second set 7-5, saving multiple match points during that run. Rentouli persevered through the third to ultimately take a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.  

With the match now tied 3-3, all focus shifted to court six. State's junior Lizariturry had muscled through to take a first-set tiebreak from A&M's Quiterio early, then the Aggie answered with a tiebreak win of her own to force a match-deciding third frame. With both squads looking on from the neighboring court, Quiterio grabbed a couple of close games in the decisive set to lead to a 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2 triumph to seal the match.

"That was an unbelievable effort from our Bulldogs," head coach Daryl Greenan said. "It was heartbreaking to lose in the end, but I am proud of the way we fought and gave ourselves a chance."

"We had so many close wins and close losses this season. Looking back, we were within points of winning several matches that would have put us in the NCAA Tournament. I felt like we finished the year strong though, and I think our returners gained a lot of experience that will help us moving forward. I am thankful for, and proud of, our seniors. They finished strong and did everything they could to make the most out of their final year of college tennis."

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#19 Texas A&M 4, #49 Mississippi State 3
2019 SEC Championship – Second Round
April 18, 2019
College Station, Texas – Mitchell Tennis Center

Doubles
1. Jayci Goldsmith/Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. No. 61 Magda Adaloglou/Tamara Racine (MSU) 7-5
2. Renee McBryde/Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. Emma Antonaki/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) 6-1
3. Janina Braun/Sara Lizariturry (MSU) def. Riley McQuaid/Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) 6-3
Order of finish: 2,3,1

Singles
1. No. 54 Townsend (TAMU) def. No. 67 Antonaki (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Rentouli (MSU) def. No. 69 Goldsmith (TAMU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Adaloglou (MSU) def. Makarova (TAMU) 6-1, 6-4
4. McBryde (TAMU) def. Racine (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Braun (MSU) def. McQuaid (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Quiterio (TAMU) def. Lizariturry (MSU) 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2
Order of finish: 1,3,4,5,2,6

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Blair Stockett

By BreAnna Lynch Student Assistant/Communications

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After the second round of the SEC Championship at the Greystone Golf Club, the Mississippi State women's golf team is tied for ninth and has put itself in contention for match play with a 16-over, 592.
 
"Today was a solid day," said head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "It was one of those days where we hit lots of fairways and lots of greens, just nothing fell. Birdies were few and far between, but I'm very proud of our patience. We didn't get ahead of ourselves and make costly mistakes. Tomorrow will be our day on the greens, maybe a few more in position for birdie opportunities. Anyone's game out there, as several teams are bunched up, we are going to work and make sure we leave all we have on the course."
 
Sophomore Blair Stockett leads the Bulldogs tied for 21st, 2-over par. She posted a 71 in her opening round and followed up with a 75 in the second round.
 
Aubree Jones and Hannah Levi are both tied for 38th at 5-over par, 149. Jones birdied No. 4, while Levi birdied Nos. 5 and 18 to finish out the round.
 
Ela Grimwood is tied for 57th at 10-over par. Lauren Miller found some momentum in round two posting a 74 after a slow start in round one. She is tied for 65th at 13-over par.
 
Florida sits atop the team leaderboard, while their Marta Perez SanMartin is in the individual lead.
 
The Bulldogs will tee off Friday morning at 8 a.m. CT with Miller off No. 1. Stats can be found on GolfStat.com. Follow along with the Bulldogs on social media @HailStateWG.
 
2019 Championship Team Standings (Round 1 and Round 2)
1. #12 Florida (284 283=567, -9)
2. #11 South Carolina (287 286=573, -3)
3. #6 Arkansas (291 287=578, 2)
4. #40 Georgia (293 286=579, 3)
5. #14 Auburn (284 298=582, 6)
6. #4 Vanderbilt (296 288=584, 8)
7. #35 Ole Miss (298 290=588, 12)
8. LSU (299 292=591, 15)
9. #47 Mississippi State (294 298=592, 16)
T10. Texas A&M (300 293=593, 17)
T10. #36 Alabama (301 292=593, 17)
12. #41 Tennessee (294 300=594, 18)
13. Missouri (299 298=597, 21)
14. Kentucky (304 299=604, 27)
 
Mississippi State (Round 1 and Round 2)
T21. Blair Stockett (71 75=146, 2)
T38. Aubree Jones (74 75=149, 5)
T38. Hannah Levi (75 74=149, 5)
T57. Ela Grimwood (74 80=154, 10)
T65. Lauren Miller (83 74=157, 13)

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MT Foshey Ramskogler

by Caleb Garner, Graduate Assistant/Communications

STARKVILLE 
 With the regular season in the books, the No. 6 Mississippi State men's tennis team is set to begin its 2018 SEC Championship title defense on Friday morning as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Bulldogs will take on No. 36 and 10th-seeded Vanderbilt at 7 a.m. CT at Florida's Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
 
The match was originally slated for 11 a.m. CT but expected rain in the forecast for later Friday prompted officials to alter the day's schedule. This moved up the Bulldogs' (19-3) SEC Championship quarterfinal contest against the Commodores (15-10) three hours to allow for the match to be played outdoors.
 
MSU In The Oracle ITA Rankings …
The Bulldogs are currently ranked sixth nationally, marking the 23rd straight edition of the rankings in which MSU has appeared in the top 25 and its 19th appearance in a row in the top 10. In the ITA national singles rankings, two-time All-American Nuno Borges leads three State players at No. 2 in the nation (matching his career-best), while Giovanni Oradini moved up nine spots to 61st nationally. State boasts a pair of ranked doubles tandems in third-ranked Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic and No. 20 Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini.
 
Know The Foe: Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt advanced to the SEC quarterfinals after upsetting seventh-seeded and 33rd-ranked Kentucky in a fierce 4-3 battle Thursday afternoon to halt a three-match losing skid. The Bulldogs and Commodores met on March 1 to open 2019 SEC play, with MSU sweeping VU 7-0 in Starkville.
 
Cameron Klinger is the lone ranked singles player for Vandy at 78th nationally. Klinger teams up with Billy Rowe to form the No. 14 doubles pair in the country.
  
Need To Know …
  • Mississippi State is playing its 95th season of men's tennis, with Matt Roberts in his fifth season at the helm.
  • MSU's No. 6 national ranking marks the 23rd straight week the Bulldogs appeared in the top 25 of the Oracle ITA Rankings and its 19th straight appearance in the top 10.
  • State's 2018 SEC Championship title was the program's second, the other coming in 1996 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • MSU has advanced to the SEC semifinals each of the last four seasons, and the finals the last two.
  • As a program, MSU is 30-27 in the SEC Championship since it went to dual match format in 1990. The Bulldogs are 8-3 in the tournament under Roberts.
  • The Bulldogs have won the doubles point in 31 of their last 33 matches.
  • In the series since 1970, MSU holds a commanding 41-14 lead against Vanderbilt, having won five of the last seven meetings, including four in a row. This year, State claimed a 7-0 sweep over the Commodores to open SEC play on March 1.
  • Nuno Borges ranks atop the MSU career charts in dual match wins (129) and dual match singles wins (76), while ranking second in singles wins (111) and total victories (176), and fifth in dual match doubles triumphs (53).
  • Borges has won a career-best 21 straight matches at present and is 20-0 in dual match singles play this spring.
  • Borges and Strahinja Rakic team up to form MSU's all-time winningest doubles pair (54), while Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini are fourth with 41 wins.
  • Braun is currently second in career doubles wins (84) and tied for third in dual match doubles wins (54) at MSU. In career dual match wins, the German ranks fifth (109) and is tied for seventh in career victories (166).
  • Trevor Foshey has won eight of his last nine singles matches, including six in a row.  
  • Florian Broska has won two matches in a row.
 
Live Scoring/Video
Since the Bulldogs are scheduled to play on courts 1-6 at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex, both live scoring and live video will be available for Friday morning's MSU-VU matchup.
 
Last Time Out For MSU…
On Sunday, the Bulldogs cruised to a 4-0 victory at No. 36 LSU by taking doubles before claiming all six first sets in singles in the regular-season finale. Straight-set victories by Borges and Oradini set up a ranked victory by Strahinja Rakic to clinch the victory.
 
Next Up For MSU …
Should the Bulldogs advance, they will take on either No. 11 Texas A&M, seeded third, or sixth-seeded and 22nd-ranked South Carolina in the tourney semifinals at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.
 
For more information on the Mississippi State men's tennis program, follow "HailStateMT" on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Taylor Kelly vs. Texas A&M

by Taylor Shirey, Assistant Director/Communications 

STARKVILLE – Returning home for the final six contests at Nusz Park, Mississippi State softball (26-17, 3-12 SEC) faces off against in-state rival No. 17/16 Ole Miss (31-11, 9-5 SEC) this weekend in Starkville.
 
The series marks the sixth consecutive ranked opponent that Mississippi State has faced in Southeastern Conference play.
 
Due to Thursday's severe weather threat, Ole Miss and the Bulldogs will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 20 with games scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. CT. The series finale is set for Saturday, April 21 with a 1 p.m. CT first pitch.
 
The series opener and series finale against the Rebels will be streamed on the SEC Network with Anthony Craven (play-by-play) and Mississippi State softball alumna Morgan Bell (analyst) on the call. Game two of the series will be broadcasted nationally on the SEC Network with Melissa Lee (play-by-play) and Carol Bruggerman (analyst) in the booth.
 
Following Saturday's series finale Mississippi State will honor graduating seniors Bevia Robinson, Kat Moore, Emily Heimberger, Sarai Niu and Taylor Kelly in a special post-game ceremony.
 
MSU wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Tuesday with a 5-4 victory over UAB in Birmingham. Junior Fa Leilua and sophomore Mia Davidson both slugged home runs in the contest to account for all five Bulldog runs scored.
 
Leilua (20) and Davidson (22) ranked second and first, respectively, in MSU single-season history. Mississippi State is the only program in all of Division I softball to feature two student-athletes with 20 or more home runs this season. Davidson leads the SEC and all of Division I softball with her 22 home runs. The total is good for a tied for fifth in SEC single-season history.
 
Sophomore Emily Williams leads the Mississippi State pitching staff with a 2.75 earned run average. She holds an 8-6 record with three saves this season. Williams ranks seventh in the SEC with 105 total strikeouts.
 
OLE MISS SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, April 19
Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss – 1 p.m. CT
Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss – 5 p.m. CT
 
Friday, April 20
Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss – 1p.m. CT
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Overall: Mississippi State leads, 39-26
In Starkville: Mississippi State leads, 22-8
Last Meeting: Ole Miss def. Mississippi State, 6-7 (April 16, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi)
Current Streak: Ole Miss, 1
 
LEADING OFF
  • Mississippi State opens its final homestand of the regular-season with a three-game series versus against No. 17/16 Ole Miss at Nusz Park. This weekend will mark the sixth consecutive ranked opponent the Bulldogs have faced in conference play. 
  • The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with a 39-26 record, including a 22-8 record against the Rebels in Starkville. This is Ole Miss's first trip to Nusz Park since 2016.
  • In the fifth RPI release of the 2019 season, Mississippi State comes in at No. 30. Ten SEC programs currently rank within the top 30 in the latest RPI standings. 
  • In her eighth season at the helm of the Bulldogs, head coach Vann Stuedeman has collected 267 career wins and is now just 28 shy from tying the program record for most victories by a MSU head coach. 
  • Slugging her 22nd home run of the season on April 16 at UAB, sophomore Mia Davidson holds Mississippi State's single-season record and stands for a tied for fifth in SEC single-season history for total home runs.
  • Through the first 43 games of the season, Mississippi State has knocked 59 total home runs, setting a new single-season record for the program. 
  • Striking out only four times in 85 at bats, sophomore Carter Spexarth ranks as the second toughest batter in the SEC to strike out, only doing so once every 21.3 at bats.
  • Junior Fa Leilua slugged her 20th home run of the season at UAB (April 14) and holds MSU's junior home run record. In just her first season at MSU, Leilua already ranks tied for ninth in program history in career bombs.  
  • Senior Sarai Niu enters the week with 1,112 career putouts to her credit. She is just the fourth Bulldog in program history to record 1,100 or more putouts over a career. She is now 318 putouts shy of MSU's career record held by Cheri Smith (1998-01). 
  • Mississippi State is the lone program in all of Division I softball to have two student-athletes with 20 home runs this season as both sophomore Mia Davidson (22) and junior Fa Leilua (20) rank first and third, respectively, in all of Division I softball. 
  • Sophomore Emily Williams delivered No. 7/5 LSU its first shutout loss of season with a 6-0 victory on April 5. It marked the first time in program history that MSU has shut out the Tigers. 
 
WATCH LIVE
Friday's series opener and Saturday's series finale will be streamed on the SEC Network with Anthony Craven (play-by-play) and Mississippi State softball alumna Morgan Bell on the call. The second game of the series will feature a national broadcast on the SEC Network with Melissa Lee (play-by-play) and Carol Bruggerman (analyst) in the booth.

Friday, April 19 – Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss [GAME ONE] (SEC Network )
Friday, April 19 – Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss [GAME TWO] (SEC Network)
Saturday, April 20 – Mississippi State vs. No. 17/16 Ole Miss (SEC Network )
 
LIVE STATS
Mississippi State will provide live stats for all three games of the weekend series. Live stats may be accessed by visiting www.msu.statbroadcast.com.
 
ADMISSION
Admission to all regular-season home contests at Nusz Park is FREE.
 
PROMOTIONS
Friday, April 19
  • Golden Egg Photo Booth
  • Nusz at Night: 250 Free Neon Tank Tops
  • Friday Night Fireworks (postgame)
 
Saturday, April 20
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Senior Day
 
WEATHER
Friday: 54 Degrees – Showers (50%)
Saturday: 66 Degrees – Sunny (0%)
 
ON DECK 
Mississippi State rounds out its home schedule at Nusz Park next weekend with a three-game series versus Missouri. The home finale begins on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network . Saturday and Sunday's contests against the Tigers will feature a national broadcast on the SEC Network .

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Anderson Peters NCAA Ring

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

STARKVILLE, Miss.
– World leader in the javelin Anderson Peters remains on the watchlist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor, at the midway point of the outdoor season.
 
The Bowerman was created in 2009 and is given annually to the top male and female athlete in track and field by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Peters finished as a semifinalist for the award in 2018 and was MSU's first ever semifinalist.
 
Peters broke his own Grenadian national record with the longest throw in the world this season, tossing the implement 86.07m (282-4). His mark ranks third in NCAA history and is nearly 10m farther than teammate and national No. 2 Curtis Thompson (77.54m, 254-5).
 
The St. Andrew, Grenada, native boasts 11 of the top 25 marks in college history. Six of those throws have come in just two meets of competition this season.
  
"I can't think of a better kid that should be recognized for this award," interim head coach Chris Woods said. "Anderson exemplifies everything I think The Bowerman stands for, which is leadership, athleticism and a competitive nature. It's a testament to his hard work and everything he puts into his sport."
 
As a freshman, Peters captured the NCAA javelin title in June with a meet-record toss of 82.82m (217-9) on his third throw in Eugene, Oregon.
 
In 2018, he captured the javelin crown at the 2018 NACAC Championships and earning bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Of the 19 prior winners, seven have gone on to become Olympians. The men's winner has come from the SEC in four of the past five years.
 
No thrower has ever won the award, though multi-event athlete and Olympian Ashton Eaton – who holds the world record in both the outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon – claimed it in 2010.
 
For more information on the Mississippi State track and field team, visit HailState.com and follow "HailStateTF" on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
 
The Bowerman Men's Mid-Outdoor Season Watchlist
Mondo Duplantis, LSU
Grant Fisher, Stanford
Grant Holloway, Florida
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Shelby McEwen, Alabama
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State
Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Tyrell Richard, South Carolina State
Daniel Roberts, Kentucky

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Surplus Sale

by Bill Martin, Associate Athletic Director/Communications 

STARKVILLE – Bulldog fans will have the opportunity to purchase Mississippi State apparel and gear at the "Surplus Sale" from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 27 inside Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum prior to the Diamond Dawgs' SEC baseball contest against Georgia.

Adidas sweatshirts, t-shirts, jackets, pullovers, caps and jerseys will be available. Only cash will be accepted. Items will be in groupings of $5, $10, $20 and $50. Fans are asked to enter Humphrey Coliseum through the east or west Mize Pavilion glass doors.  

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Team vs Southern Miss

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

STARKVILLE – 
Due to the threat of inclement weather, Mississippi State's exhibition soccer match with Mississippi College on Thursday has been cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.
 
MSU finishes the spring season with a 2-0-1 record after defeating SEC-foe Florida, 3-2, and Southern Miss, 4-3. State drew on the road at Memphis, 1-1. Games with Mississippi College and Arkansas were canceled due to weather.
 
"We couldn't be happier with the group's commitment this spring," head coach James Armstrong said. "Their ability to take on and apply new information has been very pleasing. They brought a daily intensity to everything they did."
 
The spring offered plenty for fans to look forward to in head coach James Armstrong's first season this fall. Rising sophomore Niah Johnson collected five points while scoring two goals against Florida. Rising junior Olivia Hernandez scored twice over the spring, and her classmate AK Ward recorded at hat trick in State's final game.
 
"I truly believe that we laid foundations that we can look forward to building on when we return," Armstrong said. "This is a special group with amazing team chemistry. The staff cannot wait to get back on the field with them soon."
 
State returns 65 percent of their total points from 2018 (60-of-92). The young squad was tied for the most freshmen in the SEC last year (13) and led the league in percentage of points by freshmen (44.6 percent). The Bulldogs earned their first ranking and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
 
For more information on the Bulldog soccer program, follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for "HailStateSOC."
 

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