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STARKVILLE, Miss. – The biggest home weekend of the spring for Mississippi State involves a top-notch matchup with No. 3 Arkansas descending upon Dudy Noble Field for Super Bulldog Weekend.
 
The Diamond Dawgs (19-19, 5-10 SEC) and Razorbacks (28-10, 10-5 SEC) will face off with a three-game Southeastern Conference series that will commence Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The series will resume and conclude Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., respectively. All three games will air live on SEC Network .
 
Super Bulldog Weekend, spring semester's version of fall homecoming, includes Diamond Dawg baseball and Bulldog softball, along with the Maroon & White spring football game, Old Main Music and Cotton Districts Arts festivals, and much more. For a full weekend schedule and additional information, visit HailState.com/SBW.
 
State holds a 53-48 advantage in the all-time series against the Razorbacks, with a 26-16 advantage in games played in Starkville. The Diamond Dawgs went 1-4 against Arkansas last year with victory having come in the SEC Tournament. MSU has won five straight games against the Hogs at Dudy Noble Field, dating back to 2015.

VIDEO: Coach Gary Henderson and Konnor Pilkington met previewed the series vs. Arkansas
 
Game Notes | Live Stats
 
NEED TO KNOW
  • In 17 of State's 19 wins thus far, opponents have been held to four runs or less.
  • The Diamond Dawgs have nine comeback wins on the year, seven of which came in the month of March with the other two having come in April against then-No. 3 Ole Miss. In 2017, 25 of State's 40 wins were come-from-behind victories.
  • Currently sitting 67th in the latest RPI rankings, State has plenty of opportunities on the horizon to improve its positioning. All 17 of MSU's remaining regular-season games are against top-54 RPI teams. 13 of those games will be against teams with an RPI of 15 or better.
  • Considering its cumulative opposition for the 2018 season, the Diamond Dawgs have the fifth-toughest schedule in all of Division I baseball.
  • MSU is 18-8 when holding opponents to five or less runs, 12-2 when holding others to two or less runs and 1-11 when allowing six or more runs. State is also 11-0 when scoring six or more runs, 13-3 when scoring first and 10-2 when having scored in the first inning.
  • The MSU pitching staff has combined for 10 strikeouts in 12 games this season.
  • State's staff has also collected 26 or more punch outs in five of its last seven weekend series, with four of those having been 29 strikeout weekends.
  • While Mangum leads MSU in multi-hit games (18), Hunter Stovall (14), Tanner Allen (12) and Josh Hatcher (11) are the next closest to their junior center fielder.
  • MSU leads the SEC in batters struck out looking (112), while Konnor Pilkington leads the league in strikeouts looking (30) and Ethan Small ranks fifth (19).
  • State's staff also ranks fourth in the league in batters struck out (354).
  • Pilkington ranks 27th in all of Division I baseball and second in the SEC with a 7.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
  • Stovall has recorded the second-most fielding double plays in the SEC (29), while Hatcher ranks fifth in the conference with 25 and Luke Alexander is sixth (24). No other SEC team has a trio ranking in the top 13.
  • As a team, State is tied for second in the league and ranks 22nd in the nation in fielding double plays (35).
  • The MSU defense also leads the SEC in runners caught stealing with 17 and is third in the league in runners picked off with seven.
  • 39 strikeouts over the three-game stretch that was the Shriner's College Classic (March 2-4) at Minute Maid Park made for the most in a three-game weekend series by a Diamond Dawg pitching staff since 45 on March 2-3, 2002 against Jacksonville State (doubleheader on March 2).
  • The Diamond Dawgs began the year with an unprecedented road trip that had MSU away from home for 12-straight days, including eight games and spanning six cities. Originally scheduled to include nine games, a Feb. 26 meeting between State and UT-Rio Grande Valley was canceled in the bottom of the fourth inning due to heavy amounts of fog (State led 4-0). It was the longest stretch without a home game to begin a season for State since the 1982 season (14 games) and the longest span without a home game since 1982 (14 games).
  • The Diamond Dawgs got off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 1996, a year that saw State go on to finish 38-24 (17-13 SEC) and make one of its 36 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • A total of 12 newcomers have made their MSU thus far in 2018 (Tanner Allen, Jordan Anderson, JP France, Justin Foscue, Marshall Gilbert, Josh Hatcher, Rowdey Jordan, Jared Liebelt, Cole Marsh, Zach Neff, Alex Pener and Jordan Westburg), eight of those have also recorded a start this season.
 
STATE SPEAKS
Head Coach – Gary Henderson
On Arkansas...
"Dave (Van Horn)'s club has a lot of balance, depth in the bullpen and good offensive players that are right and left-handed. They have great power, and are getting really good as the season goes on."
 
On (Konnor) Pilkington staying focused…
"There's a level of maturity it takes to be able to understand the things you need to focus on. I think Konnor does a great job of preparing each week. I think he does a great job focusing each week on the things he can control, and what he really needs to be focused on. Last week, his command of the curveball and the change were as good as it's been all year. You need to focus on those things. For anyone who plays baseball, there are short-term frustrations. That's just part of it. If you're going to pitch, you really need to focus on the things you can control. You take it pitch-by-pitch, and not worry about the other things. The list of things you could choose to focus on is endless. If you don't pick the right things, then it just won't go well. He's done a really nice job of focusing on the things he can control, and what he can get better at."
 
On Super Bulldog Weekend…
"I think any time we play at home the kids are excited. We have great fans and a great ballpark. They have done a good job getting ready for the weekend, and it should be exciting."
 
LHP - Konnor Pilkington – Jr.
On his leadership…
"I try to lead the team at the mound being the starting pitcher every week. I try to set a tone that carries throughout the rest of the weekend. I try to give us a solid start every weekend. If I'm messing around off the field, then I won't be able to take my job seriously on the mound. Truly, everything I do is more serious. Even though we are not having the season we want, I still take the same approach with the same mindset."
 
On staying positive as a team…
"We are trying to stay positive, help each other and encourage each other. It's hard because we have a lot of freshman and JUCO guys who have never experience the SEC. It's competitive every single game. It doesn't matter if it's a midweek or and SEC game. Every team is getting better."
 
On Super Bulldog Weekend…
"It's exciting every year. We're going in this weekend like we want to win a series. That's how we take every weekend, and I don't think this weekend should be any more hype than the other weekends."
 
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Against the toughest schedule in the country according to cumulative opposition, Arkansas is riding a three-game win streak after a series win over South Carolina and a midweek victory against Missouri State. Arkansas is 9-1 over its last 10 games and is currently leading the SEC in batting average (.309), hits (400) and home runs (60). The Razorbacks currently rank second in the league in slugging percentage (.509), on-base percentage (.410), runs batted in (267) and total bases (659).
 
PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday: MSU LHP Konnor Pilkington (2-5, 2.57 ERA) vs. ARK RHP Blaine Knight (6-0, 1.95 ERA)
Saturday: MSU LHP Ethan Small (3-3, 2.94 ERA) vs. ARK LHP Kacey Murphy (5-2, 2.00 ERA)
Sunday: MSU RHP Jacob Billingsley (2-2, 4.08 ERA) vs. ARK RHP Isaiah Campbell (3-3, 3.44 ERA)
 
WEATHER FORECAST
Friday Forecast: High 69, Low 43 – Sunny – 10% Chance of Rain
Saturday Forecast: High 72, Low 53 – Mostly Cloudy – 0% Chance of Rain
Sunday Forecast: High 65, Low 54 – Thunderstorms – 100% Chance of Rain

LIVE VIDEO/TELEVISION
This weekend's games, along with all 23 of MSU's home games in 2018, can be viewed live on SEC Network , which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Those interested in watching this week's games can click on the links below to go directly to the viewing page for the respective games.
 
Watch Friday's Game | Watch Saturday's Game | Watch Sunday's Game
 
LIVE STATS
All season long, fans can follow the action with pitch-by-pitch updates through live stats. Visit the Diamond Dawgs' schedule page and click on the "Live Stats" link associated with the appropriate game.
 
LIVE AUDIO & RADIO
All of this weekend's games are scheduled to air live on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network and WKBB 100.9 in Starkville. With Jim Ellis and former Diamond Dawg Jay Powell on the call, the contests will also be audio streamed live online at HailState.com/Plus and on TuneIn Radio.
 
#NEWDUDE POLICIES
Fans can enter Dudy Noble Field through the right field plaza and Left Field Lounge gates, with gates opening two hours before first pitch on game day. Stadium gates will close one hour after the conclusion of each game. The right field terrace is a public, grill-free, first come first served area. Should fans wish to purchase ice at Dudy Noble, they will be able to do so behind the center field wall in the Left Field Lounge.
 
Approved coolers cannot exceed the maximum size of 10" by 10" by 10" after gates open, with coolers exceeding the restriction size being prohibited. Other prohibited items include alcoholic beverages, smoking (in all areas), weapons, fireworks, electric power generators, pets, non-approved banners and signs, bicycles, any illegal substances, carts, wagons, wheeled supply carriers, personal tailgate tents (on concourse or lawn areas) and lawn chairs on sidewalks or concourse areas).
 
All bags are subject to search and security screening, along with items prohibited from being stored along stadium fencing and gates. MSU encourages fans to leave all unnecessary and prohibited items at home or in their vehicles to expedite security and screening procedures.
 
PROMOTIONS
Friday Night Fireworks will take place shortly following the conclusion of the series opener. Live music will take place this weekend in the right field plaza prior to Friday's and Saturday's games. Jeffery Rupp will perform Friday, with Bill Cook taking his turn Saturday.
 
For the series finale, the second set of 2018 Bulldog Baseball Trading Cards will be given to the first 1,000 fans. Kids will also run the baseball shortly following the conclusion of the series finale.
 
For all regular season home games at Dudy Noble, MSU students will be admitted into the games for free with their student ID and Bully's Kids Club members will also receive free admission.
 
Fans can upgrade their game day experience with multiple options throughout the year from HailState.com/memories.
 
TICKETS
Tickets for all three of this weekend's games against Arkansas are still available for purchase through HailState.com/tickets.
 
NEXT UP FOR MSU
State will have its fourth-meeting of the season with in-season rival Ole Miss for the annual Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. The Diamond Dawgs and Rebels will get underway with a 6:02 p.m. CT first pitch on SEC Network. Tickets remain available for purchase at HailState.com/tickets.
 
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STARKVILLE, Miss After picking up a win in the final nonconference game of the season at Nusz Park, No. 22 Mississippi State (33-12, 6-9 SEC) readies for a Top 25 showdown and Super Bulldog Weekend as No. 5 Florida (38-7, 12-3 SEC) treks to StarkVegas.
 
The weekend series begins on Friday, April 20 with at 6 p.m. CT. First pitch for Saturday, April 21's contest is set for 1 p.m. CT with the series finale on Sunday, April 22 slated for 12 p.m. CT start time. All three games of the series will be streamed on the SEC Network via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
 
This weekend will mark the first time since 2015 that the Gators have traveled to Nusz Park. Florida leads the all-time series history at 43-19 and have won the last three meetings. Eight of MSU's wins in the series have come at Nusz Park.
 
State is looking to keep the momentum rolling after rounding out its nonconference slate at Nusz Park on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Memphis to sweep the home-and-home series with the Tigers.
 
Pitching continues to be a huge key in MSU's success as the Bulldog staff is coming off two shut out wins over in-state rival Ole Miss to claim the conference series. The season, MSU has recorded 16 shutouts, which ranks as the second-most in program history. With a 1.67 earned run average, the Bulldogs rank 13th in the nation and fifth in the SEC.
 
Senior Holly Ward has carried the load for the pitching staff, tossing a team-leading 117.1 innings pitched. The right-hander has struck out 122 batters, which ranks seventh among SEC pitchers. Ward's six shutouts this season also ranked tied for fourth in single-season history.
 
Off the heels of being named one of 25 finalists for Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Freshman of the Year, Mia Davidson continues to be the clubhouse leader and is the lone Bulldog to record 35 or more hits, runs scored and RBIs this season. Davidson leads the SEC in total bases (122) and slugging percentage (.865), while ranking second in home runs (15), third in hits (60) and fourth in batting average (.426), runs scored (44) and doubles (13).
 
FLORIDA SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, April 20 – No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida (6 p.m. CT)
Saturday, April 21 – No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida (1 p.m. CT)
Sunday, April 22 – No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (12 p.m. CT)
 
LAST TIME OUT
In the final home midweek Nusz Park, No. 22 Mississippi State topple Memphis, 3-1, to sweep the home-and-home series with the Tigers. The Bulldogs recorded five hits in the contest, none bigger than junior Carmen Carter's two-RBI double in the second inning.
Tuesday, April 17
No. 22 Mississippi State def. Memphis, 3-1 (Recap, Box Score)  
 
SERIES HISTORY
Against Florida
Overall: Florida leads 34-19
In Starkville: Florida leads 14-8
Last Meeting: Florida def. Mississippi State, 3-1 (10 inn.) (April 24, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla.)
Current Streak: Florida, 3
 
HURTS SO GOOD
For the 34th time in her career, Sarai Niu was hit by a pitch, which moves her into third all-time in program history. Briana Bell (2008-13) holds the program of 55.
 
SLUGGING TOWARDS SEASON RECORD
Just 43 games into her freshman season, Mia Davidson has already etched her name into the record books. Davidson slugged her 15th home run of the season during the series finale at Ole, which moves her into a tie for third all-time in single-season history with Jessica Cooley (2012).
 
Her 15 home are the second-most ever hit by a MSU freshman. Davidson now ranks only behind Courtney Bures (17, 2005).
 
BOMB SQUAD
As a team the Bulldogs have hit 40 home runs, which ranks tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference and have turned in 13 multi-home run games this season. Freshman Mia Davidson leads the team and is second in the SEC with 15 home runs through the first 43 games of the season. 
 
Five Bulldogs have also knocked the first home runs of their career this season: Carter, Spexarth, Grace DabbsCarmen CarterMacey Petrey and Bevia Robinson.
 
WARD UP
Holly Ward's impressive start to her senior season has moved her into the MSU career record book. Recording her 11th career shutout in game two of the Ole Miss series, Ward now ranks fifth outright in school history for most career shutouts.
 
5th        Shutouts                                    11
T5th        Saves                                                            7
6th          Strikeouts                                                 321
T6th        Solo No-Hitters                   1
8th          Opponent Batting Avg.                     .237
9th          Strikeouts per 7 inn.                           5.64
 
MAMA MIA!
To say that Mia Davidson has had hot start to her freshman season would be an understatement. Not only has Davidson proven to be a spark to MSU offense's early success, but she has also ranks as one of the top hitters amongst the conference.
 
Davidson currently ranks in the top 10 in the Southeastern Conference in 10 offensive categories, including first in total bases (122) and slugging percentage (.865), second in home runs (15), third in hits (60) and fourth in batting average (.426), runs scored (44) and doubles (13).
 
MISSISSIPPI QUEEN
In her seventh season at the helm of Mississippi State softball, Vann Stuedeman has notched 235 wins to surpass Kathy Arendsen (1997-2002) for the second-most victories in program history. Jay Miller (2003-211) holds the program record at 295. 
 
WEATHER
Friday, April 20 – 69 Degrees; Sunny (10%)
Saturday, April 21 – 73 Degrees; Partly Cloudy (0%)
Sunday, April 22 – 66 Degrees; Thunderstorms (100%)
 
WATCH LIVE
All three of this weekend's games will be streamed on the SEC Network via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
 
Game One: No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida
Game Two: No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida
Game Three: No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida
 
LIVE STATS
Mississippi State will provide live stats for all three games this weekend, which may be accessed through the link below.

No. 22 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Florida Live Stats
 
ADMISSION
Admission to all regular-season home games at Nusz Park is free.
 
PROMOTIONS
FRIDAY - FREE Cheese Fries (While ; Supplies Last); Free T-Shirts & Gift Cards Throughout the Game; Up to 225 Hail State Rewards Points150 Bully's Kids Club Points
SATURDAY - Pregame: Women's Basketball Senior First Pitch; In-Game: Women's Basketball Team Recognition; Free T-Shirts & Gift Card; s Throughout the Game; Up to 225 Hail State Rewards Points, 150 Bully's Kids Club Points
SUNDAY - Free T-Shirts & Gift Cards Throughout the Game; Up to 225 Hail State Rewards Points; 150 Bully's Kids Club Points
 
ON DECK
Mississippi State kicks off its final road swing of the regular season with the last midweek contest of the 2018 on Wednesday, April 25 when the bulldogs travel to Troy for a 6 p.m. CT contest.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  –  Strong showings by Katie Holt and Ela Grimwood helped the Mississippi State women's golf team to a tenth-place finish following a windy day two of the SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala.
 
Grimwood opened the round with a bogey but answered with consecutive birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 to wrap the front nine 2-over. After the turn, she carded another pair or birdies to finish the day with a 2-over 74 that tied her for 32nd.
 
After carding a 73 on Wednesday at the par-72, 6,253-yard Greystone Golf and Country Club, Holt fired a 76 during Thursday's second round to sit in a tie for 16th with a 149 two-round total. She quickly answered a bogey on her opening hole, draining birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 to wrap the front nine at 1-over. Holt found the going tough after the turn, but built some momentum heading into Friday, notching a birdie and three-straight pars to close her round.
 
"It was another solid day today out there," Holt said. "I think it progressively got tougher throughout the day. It got a little bit windier. The greens were rolling differently than yesterday and it was difficult to make putts. I putted well, but I didn't make as many as I think I could have. Overall, we had a better day today as a team and I think that we just have to keep pushing hard to make it to match play this weekend. Hail State."
 
The duo helped Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm's young squad shave three shots off its opening-round total and conclude the day with a 17-over 305. MSU enters Friday's final round of stroke play three shots back of the Top 8 with a 613 total.
 
Blair Stockett knocked off three strokes from her opening round, moving into a tie for 32nd with a 3-over 75 on Thursday.
 
Athena Yang carded an 80 to sit in a tie for 53rd, while Aubree Jones posted an 84 to wrap second-round play tied for 64th.
 
Friday's final stroke play round begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Team Results-Second Round
1 South Carolina 291 291 582 6
2 Alabama 286 304 590 14
3 Arkansas 299 293 592 16
4 Georgia  306 290 596 20
5 Florida 298 301 599 23
6 Vanderbilt 296 306 602 26
7 Auburn 306 301 607 31
8 Kentucky 309 301 610 34
9 Missouri 304 308 612 36
10 Mississippi St. 308 305 613 37
11 Tennessee 310 304 614 38
12 Ole Miss 316 305 621 45
13 LSU 313 311 624 48
14 Texas A&M 312 315 627 51
 
MSU Results-Second Round
T16 Katie Holt 5 73 76 149
T32 Ela Grimwood 9 79 74 153
T32 Blair Stockett 9 78 75 153
T53 Athena Yang 14 78 80 158
T64 Aubree Jones 19 79 84 163
 
 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 30th-ranked and seventh-seeded Mississippi State women's tennis team (15-10) could not hold off a rally by 39th-ranked and 10th-seeded LSU (15-9) Thursday morning, falling 4-3 to the Tigers at Tennessee's Barksdale Stadium in the second round of the 2018 SEC Championship.
  
The Bulldogs came out dominant in doubles to start the morning. On court 3, MSU's Sara Lizariturry and Anastasia Rentouli made quick work of the Tiger pair of Ashton Rabalais and Luba Vasilyuk 6-1. The 72nd-ranked Bulldog duo of Madison Harrison and Khrystyna Vozniak upended LSU's 37th-ranked Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson 6-2 at No. 1 to clinch the doubles point and give MSU an early 1-0 lead.
 
The Tigers would not go down without a fight, splitting the opening sets evenly with the Bulldogs and forcing a third set on court 1.
 
First off the courts at the No. 6 position, MSU's Vozniak dominated Tiger Rabalais, 6-1, 6-0, extending the Maroon & White lead to 2-0. On court 4, the Bulldogs' Rentouli posted her own 6-1, 6-0 triumph against LSU's Johnson to establish a 3-0 lead for MSU.  
 
But LSU roared back, starting a four-match rally on court 3, as No. 78 Golovin held off MSU's Adaloglou 6-1, 6-3. Following on court 5, Tiger Vasilyuk completed a 6-2, 6-1, victory over MSU's Lizariturry. Picking up the Tigers' final straight-set triumph, LSU's No. 112 Foster downed MSU's Braun 6-4, 6-0 on court 2.
 
With all eyes on court 1, LSU's No. 80 Richardson completed a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory against MSU's Harrison to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Tigers.
  
 
Next Up For MSU…
            
The Bulldogs now wait to see where they will continue postseason play in the 2018 NCAA Team Championship. The selection show for this year's national championship field will be held Tuesday, May 1, and will be streamed live on NCAA.com. State is expected to receive an NCAA bid for a school-record fourth consecutive season and the eighth time in school history overall. 
    
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No. 39 LSU 4, No. 30 Mississippi State 3
Barksdale Tennis Stadium
Knoxville, Tenn. 
April 19, 2018
 
Doubles
1. No. 72 Madison Harrison/Khrystyna Vozniak (MSU) def. No. 37 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2
2. Ryann Foster/Kennan Johnson (LSU) vs. Magda Adaloglou/Janina Braun (MSU) 4-2 (susp.)
3. Sara Lizariturry/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Ashton Rabalais/Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1
 
Singles
1. No. 80 Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Madison Harrison (MSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 112 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Janina Braun (MSU) 6-4, 6-0
3. No. 78 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Magda Adaloglou (MSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Sara Lizariturry (MSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Khrystyna Vozniak (MSU) def. Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 3, 5, 2, 1




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LOUISVILLE, Ky. Accolades continue to roll in for Mississippi State catcher Mia Davidson as she named one of 25 finalists for the 2018 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I National Freshman on the Year, the NFCA announced on Thursday.
 
Davidson is one of five freshmen from the Southeastern Conference to be named a finalist for the award.
 
Starting all 45 games this season, Davidson has led Mississippi State to a national ranking and one of the best starts in program history with a 33-12 overall record.
 
Playing primarily behind the plate, Davidson has displayed her cannon of an arm, totaling three pick offs and throwing out eight would-be base stealers this season.
 
At the dish, Davidson is just as impressive as she is the lone Bulldog to record 35 or more hits, runs scored and RBIs this season, leading Mississippi State in all three categories. Through the first 45 games of the season, Davidson holds a team-leading .426 average with help of 60 hits, which includes a team-leading 16-game hit streak to open the 2018 season.
 
Davidson leads the entire SEC with a .865 slugging percentage with help of 13 doubles, two triples and 15 home runs, which ranks tied for third in MSU single-season history. She has also driven in 39 runs for the Bulldogs. The Hillsborough, N.C., native has recorded 11 walks and nine hit by pitches to hold a .491 on-base percentage over her debut season.
 
The freshman also leads the Bulldogs with 19 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games this season.
 
Her numbers do not also just top the Bulldog squad, but her impressive debut season puts Davidson as one of the top sluggers in the conference this season. Davidson leads the league in both slugging percentage and total bases (122), she ranks second in home runs, third in hits and fourth in batting average, runs scored and doubles. She has been selected as the SEC Freshman of the Week a school-record three times this season.
 
The top 10 finalists for the Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year will be announced on Thursday, May 10 with the final three being revealed on Wednesday, May 23. The award will be presented on Tuesday, May 29 before the start of the 2018 Women's College World series.
 
Davidson and the No. 22 Bulldogs will return to action tomorrow night, kicking off Super Bulldog weekend against No. 5 Florida at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network .
 
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NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25
Hannah Adams, 2B, Florida
Jocelyn Alo, DP/OF, Oklahoma
Patricia Awald, 1B, Kennesaw State
Meghan Beaubien, P, Michigan
Payton Buresch, P, James Madison
Georgina Corrick, P, USF
Sophie Dandola, P, Hofstra
Mia Davidson, C, Mississippi State
Danielle Gibson, 1B, Arizona State
Mary Haff, P, Arkansas
Naomi Hernandez, OF, Long Beach State
Mary Iakopo, C/DP, Oregon
Janae Jefferson, 2B, Texas
Aaliyah Jordan, OF, UCLA
Rachel Lewis, 2B, Northwestern
Kelsey Oh, P, South Carolina
Briana Perez, SS, UCLA
Gabbie Plain, P, Washington
Katie Prebble, 1B, Gardner-Webb
Paige Rauch, 2B/P, Fordham
Alison Seng, 1B/DP, Boise State
Sydney Sherrill, 2B, Florida State
Kaylee Tow, OF, Alabama
Sadie Wise, OF, Saint Louis
Brooke Yanez, P, UC Davis
 
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two doubles by Hunter Stovall were Mississippi State's offensive highlight as the Bulldogs dropped a 6-1 decision to Memphis, Wednesday night at AutoZone Park.
           
MSU (19-19) was held to five hits but used strong pitching from Denver McQuary and Keegan James to remain in the contest.
           
"It was a disappointing night all the way around," MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. "In the seventh inning, a leadoff walk hurt us. We followed with an intentional walk to set up the double play ball and that led to a four-spot. We need to hit more balls hard and have crisper at-bats."
           
Memphis (13-25) built a 2-0 lead on a solo home run by Alec Trela in the second inning and a sacrifice fly by Cale Hennemann in the third inning.
           
MSU broke through in the seventh inning. Tanner Allen hit a leadoff triple and scored a double by Stovall. A walk to Josh Hatcher followed. However, the Bulldogs saw three straight outs before pushing the game-tying run across.
           
The Tigers then put the game away with four runs in the home half of the seventh inning.
           
McQuary (1-2) threw three innings, allowing three hits and two runs (both earned), with three strikeouts and a walk. James followed with three innings of shutout relief.
           
Jared Liebelt started the seventh inning. He would then give way to Blake Smith. Zach Neff would follow, getting the Bulldogs out of the seventh inning before finishing the contest.
           
Trela finished with four of Memphis' 10 hits. Connor Alexander (2-2) threw six innings to earn the win, while Hunter Smith finished the contest for his second save.
 
State will return home to Dudy Noble Field for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against No. 3 Arkansas as part of MSU's annual Super Bulldog Weekend. For tickets and additional information, visit HailState.com/SBW.
 
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  –  Junior Katie Holt's veteran experience showed Wednesday as her 73 led the Mississippi State women's golf team to a 20-over 308 following opening-round play at the SEC Women's Golf Championship in Birmingham, Ala.
 
The Clermont, Fla., native's day helped MSU wrap the opening day at the par-72, 6,253-yard Greystone Golf and Country Club in ninth place, two strokes out of the Top 8. The Top 8 at the conclusion of Friday's final round of stroke play advance to the match play portion over the weekend.
 
"The course was playing a little more difficult today than we expected it too," Katie Holt said. "It was windy and conditions were a little tough at first. The greens were rolling really nice today though. I stayed extremely patient today. There was a lot of really close putts today, but with a lot of close putts, you have a lot of tap-in-pars. It was fun to get out here and play a good round. We are looking forward to the rest of the week, and hopefully match play."
 
Holt regrouped following a bogey on her second hole of the day, the 519-yard, par-5 11th, and shot even par for her final 16 holes to end the day 12th at 1-over-par.
 
Athena Yang and Blair Stockett both both carded 6-over 78s to tie for 38th, while Aubree Jones and Ela Grimwood each shot a 79 to sit in a tie for 46th.
 
Second-round play from Birmingham is slated for an 8:30 start on Thursday. 
 
 
Team Results-First Round
1 Alabama                                286          -2 
2 South Carolina                      291          3 
3 Vanderbilt                            296          8 
4 Florida                                   298          10 
5 Arkansas                               299          11 
6 Missouri                                304          16 
T7 Georgia                              306          18 
T7 Auburn                               306          18 
9 Mississippi St.                    308          20 
10 Kentucky                             309                 21 
11 Tennessee                            310                 22 
12 Texas A&M                         312                24 
13 LSU                                     313                            25 
14 Ole Miss                              316                            28
 
 
 
 
MSU Results-First Round
12 Katie Holt 1 73 73
T38 Blair Stockett 6 78 78
T38 Athena Yang 6 78 78
T46 Ela Grimwood 7 79 79
T46 Aubree Jones 7 79 79

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Six members of the National Finalist Mississippi State women's basketball team and three from the Bulldogs' NIT semifinalist men's team were named to the SEC Winter Honor Roll on Wednesday.
 
Both tied for the fourth-most selections in the conference among their respective sports.
 
The Bulldog women, who recorded a school-record 3.40 grade-point average in the fall, had seniors Blair Schaefer (biological sciences), Victoria Vivians (human development and family sciences) and Morgan William, a December graduate in kinesiology, claim their fourth-straight year on the honor roll. The other member of the winningest class in program history, Roshunda Johnson, was named to the list for the second year in a row in interdisciplinary studies.
 
Junior Jazzmun Holmes, a human development and family sciences major, claimed the honor for the second-straight year, while Jordan Danberry, the Elite 90 Award winner and business economics major, earned a place on the list in her first season playing for Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs.
 
All three selections for Ben Howland's squad, which posted a school-record 2.9 GPA in the fall, each received their first honor roll distinction. Economics major Drew Davis was named to the list in his final season at MSU. 
 
He was joined by sophomore T.J. Gray, a kinesiology major, and junior philosophy major Nick Singleton.
 
They were part of 665 student-athletes named to the honor roll by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
 
2018 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
Men's Basketball
Drew Davis – Economics
T.J. Gray – Kinesiology
Nick Singleton – Philosophy
 
Women's Basketball
Jordan Danberry – Business Economics
Jazzmun Holmes – Human Development & Family Sciences
Roshunda Johnson – Interdisciplinary Studies
Blair Schaefer – Biological Sciences
Victoria Vivians – Human Development & Family Sciences
Morgan William – Kinesiology

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Kicking off postseason play, the 30th-ranked and seventh-seeded Mississippi State's women's tennis team (15-9) matches up with 39th-ranked and 10th-seeded LSU (14-9) in the second round of the SEC Championship Thursday morning, the tournament opener for both teams. The match is slated for an 8 a.m. CT start at Tennessee's Barksdale Stadium.
 
Live stats will be available for the match through utsports.com and live video links will be published at match time via the tournament's Twitter account (@SECWTennis).
 
"We are all excited about another opportunity to compete," head coach Daryl Greenan said. "We had plenty of highlights this season and the girls are hungry to finish strong in post season play."
  
 
About LSU…
 
10th-seeded LSU split its final weekend of conference play on the road, defeating Alabama 4-3 before falling at Auburn 4-2. The Tigers boast four ranked singles players in No. 65 Elyse Lavender, No. 78 Jessica Golovin, No. 80 Eden Richardson and No. 112 Ryann Foster. In doubles, Golovin teams with Richardson to form the nation's 37th-ranked doubles tandem.
 
 
What to Note As MSU Faces LSU
 
·         LSU leads the all-time series against MSU 35-12
·         The Tigers won the regular season match against the Bulldogs in a close 4-2 decision in Baton Rouge
·         This is the first time the programs have met in the SEC Championship since 2014, when LSU rallied for a 4-3 victory against MSU in Columbia, Mo.
·         The Bulldogs are looking to advance to the quarterfinals of the SEC Championship for the fourth-straight year
·         Senior Khrystyna Vozniak is 12-3 in dual matches this spring 
·         Junior Anastasia Rentouli is 13-3 in dual match play and has won eight of her last 10 decisions
·         Madison Harrison and Vozniak have won four of their last six matches in doubles, including three upsets
 
 
Last Time Out for MSU…
 
MSU fell in a close 4-1 decision to No. 6 Ole Miss to close out the regular season slate. Sophomore Sara Lizariturry provided the lone point for State with a straight-set triumph in singles. 
 
 
Live Video/Stats
 
Live stats for Thursday's contest will be provided through utsports.com and live video links will be published at match time via the tournament's Twitter account (@SECWTennis).

 
Next Up For MSU…
 
If State advances to the quarterfinals, it will face ninth-ranked and second-seeded Florida there on Friday at 8 a.m. CT.

  
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18187Super Bulldog Weekend 2018 is finally here! Our biggest weekend of the year is one of the most enjoyable stretches of time we have, an opportunity to gather as Bulldogs and celebrate our school, our teams and the city of Starkville. With so much to offer, #SBW18 has something for everybody, from softball and baseball to the Cotton District Arts Festival and the annual Pig Cook-Off.
 
And of course, we have the Maroon-White Spring Football Game on Saturday at 3 p.m., Coach Moorhead's debut in Davis Wade Stadium. One of the most impactful things we can do as fans of our programs is to do just that – be fans. Be there, be loud, and help create an incredible atmosphere for Coach Moorhead, our staff and our student-athletes who have the opportunity to put on an exhibition showcasing all the hard work they've put in this spring. Let's break the attendance record on Saturday and show everyone what it means to be a Bulldog.
 
We'll also have the opportunity to greet our stars of both the present and past as Coach Schaefer and our women's basketball team will be holding an autograph session in the north concourse of DWS on Saturday, and Bulldog legends Dak Prescott, Johnthan Banks and Gabe Jackson will all be home for the weekend and serving as guest coaches for the spring game.
 
We've got all that and more, so be sure to visit
www.hailstate.com/SBW for the full schedule and all necessary information. I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
 

 
21136BASEBALL, SOFTBALL HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND COMPETITION
 
Our baseball team and our nationally-ranked softball team both have big SEC matchups this weekend against highly-ranked opponents, so we expect big SBW crowds full of energy to help cheer them on.
 
Coach Stuedeman and the softball team host Florida on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Meanwhile, Coach Henderson and our baseball team welcome Arkansas for games at 6:30 on Friday, 6 on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Grandstand seating for baseball this weekend is reserved and tickets have been delivered to those with reserved seats. As always, admission to softball is free.
 
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A reminder here, as well, that the annual Governor's Cup baseball game with Ole Miss takes place in Jackson on Tuesday night. What I love about this non-conference rivalry game is the opportunity each year to return to the state capital and visit with so many of our fans in the Jackson area and in central Mississippi. Of all we do, this event is one that is truly a baseball showcase for the state of Mississippi. I look forward to seeing everyone once again at Trustmark Park.
 

 
21560GOLF TEAMS ENTER POSTSEASON PLAY
 
I'll start by saying good luck to Coach Brown-Lemm and our women's golf team who began play in the SEC Championships today at the Greystone CC in Birmingham. We wish you luck this week and congratulate you on a great regular season with so many Top-10 finishes.
 
Congratulations are also in order for Coach Smith and our men's golf team for their fourth-place finish this week at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, our annual home tournament. Coach Smith and his young men produced tremendous results in his first season at the helm and we look forward to the years to come as he continues to build the program. Good luck to them all as they enter the postseason and head to the SEC Championships at St. Simon's Island next week.
 

 
21499MEN'S, WOMEN'S TENNIS CONCLUDE STELLAR REGULAR SEASONS
 
With both of our teams spending their seasons not only ranked themselves but taking down ranked opponents on a regular basis, it's been a fun spring of tennis at Mississippi State. Coach Greenan and our 30th-ranked women's team finished the regular season last weekend and are already back to it as they start play in the SEC Championship this weekend in Knoxville, beginning with a match against LSU on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. CT. We wish them luck tomorrow and all weekend!
 
I can't say enough about how incredible the regular season was for Coach Roberts and our ninth-ranked men's tennis team, who finished with an overall record of 17-2, including an incredible 11-1 mark in the SEC. They blanked LSU 6-0 in Baton Rouge on Sunday to conclude the regular season on an emphatic note. We expect that we haven't seen the last of these Bulldogs in Starkville in 2018, as we hope to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament on campus (selections will be announced May 1). But until then, we wish them good luck in the SEC Championship next weekend in Tuscaloosa where they'll play the winner of Ole Miss and South Carolina on Friday, April 27, at Noon.
 


21548TRACK AND FIELD FINISHING OFF DOMINANT OUTDOOR SEASON
 
Yet another group having an impressive spring, our men's and women's track teams continue to be outstanding in outdoor competition. In fact, our men's team is all the way up to No. 9 in the country, and deservedly so after all they've accomplished. Both sides are coming off big performances, as our men's 4x400 and our women's 4x400 teams both came in first place at the Tennessee relays over the weekend. And a huge congratulations goes to standout javelin thrower Anderson Peters who won the bronze medal over the weekend at the Commonwealth Games with a throw of 82.20 meters.
 
Our Bulldogs finish regular season competition next week at the Penn Relays before heading to the SEC and NCAA Championships. We wish Coach Dudley's teams good luck the rest of the way!
 


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