News from MSU Media Relations--Sept. 14

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Volleyball, Baseball and MSU Athletics.

Men's Golf
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's golf team got its fall season started off on the right foot with a top five finish in its fall opening tournament at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate which was played at the par-71 Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"It was a good start to the season," said head coach Clay Homan. "I liked the way we finished play today, but we started poorly and had to climb back, but we did and only lost by seven strokes. It was a good first tournament, but we have several things to improve before we go to Vanderbilt next week."

The Bulldogs improved as a team by two strokes in each round, posting a 284 in the opening round followed by a 2-under-par 282 and today in third round action MSU fired a 4-under-par 280 and moved themselves into a tie for fourth in the event.

MSU tied with Louisiana Tech, while Southeastern Louisiana finished third, Louisiana-Lafayette finished second and Kennesaw State finished seven strokes better than the Bulldogs to win the tournament.

State was paced by sophomore Brad Mason and true freshman Chad Ramey. Mason got things started where they left off last season as he led MSU at the SEC Championship last spring with a top 10 finish. In the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Mason posted a career-best finish, tying for fifth after posting a 5-under-par three-round score of 208, another career best. Mason opened the tournament with a career-best 3-under-par first round followed with a 72 in round two and in today's action went for another round of 68 to slingshot himself into the top five of the individual field. Mason was also MSU's leader in birdies made with 15 through three rounds of action.

Ramey, playing in his first career collegiate event, also earned a top five individual finish while shooting his final two rounds at 5-under-par after going for even-par in the first round. Ramey also led MSU in pars made with 37 and was second among the individual field in par 4 scoring.

"He (Ramey) didn't play like a freshman," said Homan. "He also played the par 4s extremely well and kept the ball in the fair way consistently."

Sophomore Robi Calvesbert also had a career-best tournament, by tallying a 54-hole score of 211 which was 2-under-par. Calvesbert posted consistent rounds of 71-69-71 and finished in a tie for 12th, which was the Puerto Rico-native's best finish since last February. Calvesbert is also one of two Bulldogs to post eagles in the three-round tournament.

Sophomore Mike Genovese of MSU was consistent through three rounds of action with scores of 74-73-73 and finished in a tie for 51st while true freshman Axel Boasson, who was competing in his first career collegiate event, improved on day two of the tournament to bring his three round total to 221 and a tie for 58th among the individual field. Alex Rowland of MState competed as an individual, improving each round and shooting 4-over-par on the last day.

The Bulldogs turn their focus towards the Mason Rudolph Championship which will be played on Sept. 24 in Franklin, Tenn. at the Legends Club.


Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf team concluded play at the Duramed Cougar Classic on Tuesday, firing a 309 in the final round to finish in 20th place with a 930.

In the final round, freshman Mary Langdon Gallagher paced MSU with a 1-over-par 73, the best round of any Lady Bulldog in the tournament. She shot a 241 for the three-round event.

Seniors Mallory Batson and Erika Thornton finished the tournament tied for the team's overall lead with a score of 233.

Freshman Esther Huffman proved the future is bright for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing her first collegiate tournament with a 235 tally. Sophomore Maria Roos finished the tournament with a 244.

"Obviously, we are very disappointed in our first tournament showing," Brown-Lemm said. "We are nowhere near where we need to be mentally out there. We turned one poor swing into double bogeys, and at this level, it will put you at the bottom of the pack every time. However, we had several successes out there, so we know it's just a matter of practicing, confidence and course management."

The Lady Bulldog linksters return to fall action Sun., Sept. 26, at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic in Greensboro, N.C.


Volleyball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State closes out its regular season non-conference volleyball schedule Wednesday night in Hattiesburg, Miss., when the Bulldogs (8-2) take on the USM Golden Eagles (6-4) in a 7 p.m. match at Reed Green Coliseum. It's the first of two instate road matches this week for the Bulldogs, who open their 20-match Southeastern Conference schedule Sunday with a 1 p.m. regionally televised (Cox Sports TV) match at Ole Miss (6-3).

Wednesday's match against the defending Conference USA champions is the first in the state for the Bulldogs since hosting and winning the MSU Maroon Classic August 27-28 at the Newell-Grissom Building.

The Bulldogs saw their season-opening run of seven consecutive wins snapped last weekend in Carbondale, Ill., when Southern Illinois topped State in the opening round of the SIU Saluki Invitational. The seven-match win streak ranks as the fourth-longest season-opening and overall win streak at MSU.

Junior outside hitter Caitlin Rance (Kingwood, Texas), who leads the club and ranks second in the SEC with 136 total kills through 10 matches, registered 32 kills and 24 digs on the weekend and notched her third consecutive all-tournament team designation. Senior middle blocker Ashley Newsome (Florence, Ala.) stands third in the SEC averaging 1.26 blocks per set and 10th with a 3.24 kills-per-set average. Among MSU's all-time career leaders, Newsome ranks sixth with 60 solos, fifth with 252 block assists and seventh with 312 total blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Dani McCree (Rialto, Calif.) drew her second and third career starts during the SIU tournament, registering 23 kills and five blocks, while two-time SEC Freshman of the Week Paris Perret (Frisco, Texas) finished the weekend with 95 assists, raising her team-leading assist total to 338, third-most in the SEC.

MSU holds a 40-12 all-time series lead over Southern Miss, though the Golden Eagles have claimed wins in the last two meetings and have evenly split the last 10 MSU-USM volleyball matchups.


Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Former Mississippi State baseball standout Tyler Moore has been honored as the Carolina League's 2010 player of the year.

The Brandon, Miss., native, who starred at first base for the Bulldogs in 2008, hit .269 with 135 hits this season for the Potomac Nationals. Moore paced the Class A Carolina League with 43 doubles, 111 RBI, a .552 slugging percentage and a franchise-record 31 home runs. His team continues its postseason play this week in the Carolina League's championship series.

Moore enjoyed a remakable finish to his 2010 professional baseball season, hitting .346 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI over 64 games since the Carolina League's midseason all-star break. Moore, who played at Meridian Community College in 2006 and 2007, was drafted in the 16th-round and signed with the Washington Nationals following his junior season at State in 2008.


MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss - The Mississippi State department of athletics announced Tuesday that Harvey Hull, Richard Williams and Kellie Wilkerson have been chosen as the 2010 class of the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame.

The three will be recognized prior to the Mississippi State-Georgia game on Sept. 25.

Hull, a four-year football letterwinner, was an All-American linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1973-76. Earning second-team All American honors in 1976, Hull was also an All-SEC performer in 1974, 1975 and 1976. As a freshman, Hull helped the Bulldogs to a 1974 Sun Bowl victory over North Carolina. The Kosciusko, Miss.-native recorded 454 career tackles which ranks second all-time at MSU. He was selected to play in the 1976 North-South Shrine Game and the 1977 East-West Shrine Classic.

Hull was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 10th round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He currently resides in Waynesboro, Miss. with his wife Sytrecia.

A 12-year head coach for the Maroon and White men's hoops squad, Williams graduated from Mississippi State in 1967. He ranks second all-time in basketball wins as a head coach at Mississippi State, as he compiled 191 wins from 1986-98. During that span, he guided the Bulldogs to five postseason tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a 1996 appearance in the NCAA Final Four.

Kellie Wilkerson was a four-year All-American from 1999-2002 for the Mississippi State softball team. Also a four-year first team All-SEC selection, Wilkerson held a career .429 batting average while at Mississippi State. Wilkerson is the NCAA's leader in career saves with 32. She also tops the MSU career list in doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, walks and games played.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Wilkerson is currently an assistant softball coach at Portland State University.


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