News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 17

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

Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's 2009-10 baseball recruiting class has received its second top 25 national ranking of the fall.

The 19-player Bulldog recruiting class is ranked 22nd in the national ranking announced this week by Baseball America. Earlier this fall, Collegiate Baseball tabbed the MSU recruiting class as the nation's 18th-best. MSU's 2008-2009 baseball recruiting class was accorded top 15 ranking by the two national publications.

The Stanford Cardinal heads up the 11th recruiting ranking by Baseball America, nipping LSU for top honors. Seven other SEC teams are included in Baseball America's top 25 - No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 19 South Carolina, No. 20 Auburn and No. 22 Mississippi State.

Mississippi State puts the finishing touches on its 2010 fall baseball drills October 26-31 with the five-game Bulldog World Series at Dudy Noble Field.


Soccer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Elisabeth Sullivan and Leanna Baldner scored goals Sunday afternoon as the Bulldog soccer team fell 6-2 to LSU at the MSU Soccer Field.

LSU (6-6-4, 3-2-3 SEC) claimed an early 1-0 lead on a Courtney Alexander 4th-minute strike, but Mississippi State (7-10, 0-8 SEC) rallied and scored the equalizer in the 23rd minute.

Senior Kat Walsh worked the middle of the field and found freshman Elisabeth Sullivan with a pass between LSU defenders. The Memphis, Tenn., native out-raced the Tigers and fired a shot past LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman to tie the match at 1-1.

"Elisabeth has really been a bright spot for us this season. She has a great attitude and works hard. She really has the ability to get behind the defense, and when she gets those chances she finishes," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said.

Sullivan's goal was her fifth of the season, tying her with Joanna Smith (1996) for the seventh-most by a Bulldog freshman. Sullivan, the nation's 29th-ranked freshman by TopDrawerSoccer.com, also matched Smith for seventh in points with 14.

State was unable to take the tie to halftime as Nina Anderson crossed a pass to Reyna Lubin for the winner with a minute left in the half.

LSU out-shot the Dawgs 30-10, and both teams managed to put half of their attempts on target. Sophomore Skylar Rosson stopped nine saves in the match, giving her 99 for the season.

LSU's Taryne Boudreau increased the lead to 3-1 with a 64th-minute strike, and Lubin added her second goal of the afternoon at the 67:52 mark to give the Tigers a 4-1 advantage.

Carlie Banks and Danielle Murphy scored to put LSU up 6-1, but Baldner added a late score, her first of the season, to complete the afternoon's scoring.

Sophomore Katy Hoover lined a free kick just outside the 5-yard box, and Baldner, a Meridian, Miss., native, hit a perfectly-placed header past Kinneman.

"Katy served a nice ball to Leanna, and she put a really nice header into the goal," Macdonald said.

The Bulldogs close the current five-match homestand with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Vanderbilt on Thurs., Oct. 21. State travels to Kentucky next Sunday before returning home to close the season with in-state rival Ole Miss at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 29.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second straight year the Mississippi State men's golf team will tee off in the second-annual David Toms Intercollegiate which is played at the par-72 Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, La.

The field consists of 14 teams and boasts two top 10 opponents with No. 8 Arkansas and defending champion, host-school and ninth-ranked LSU leading the way. Other teams include in-state rival Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, UAB, Georgia Southern, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Florida, Rice and South Alabama.

Last season MSU finished eighth in the David Toms Intercollegiate, which included the fifth lowest second round in school history (279) while the Bulldogs when on their way to firing a three-round score of 859 which was 7-over-par.

"We have played well here in the past and we look to continue that this week," Coach Clay Homan said. "We need more than one guy to step it up a notch for us this week so we can be successful."

MSU is led by sophomore Brad Mason who is coming off a strong showing at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate where Mason finished in a tie for 13th among the individual field and was the Bulldogs' leader for the second time this fall. Mason is currently the Maroon and White's leader in third round stroke average (70.3) and has notched a top 5 finish already this season. In the David Toms last season Mason finished in a tie for 38th with a 5-over-par 54-hole score.

True freshman Chad Ramey is making his fourth straight appearance in the Bulldog lineup and has been State's leader in two of its three tournaments thus far. Ramey is looking to rebound from his poorest showing of the season at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate where the Bulldog rookie tallied a 12-over-par score.

Lee Heaton is making his third-straight showing for the Maroon and White after sitting out the first tournament of the season. Heaton is the veteran of this youthful squad as the junior from Oxted, England is MSU's current leader in first round stroke average (72.0). At the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, Heaton finished in a tie for 21st and recorded State's only eagle of the tournament. Last season at the David Toms Intercollegiate, Heaton had a 3-over-par showing and tied for 28th in the individual field.

Alex Rowland will make his second-straight appearance in the Bulldog lineup as the transfer is coming off his best tournament as a Bulldog at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. Sophomore Robi Calvesbert returns to the lineup for State after sitting out the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. Calvesbert was the Bulldogs' leader last season at the David Toms Intercollegiate where he posted his career-low round of 67 in the second round of the tournament.

The two-day, 54-hole championship tees off with the first and second rounds on Monday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. The final round will be held Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Live stats will be available at www.mstateathletics.com.


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