News from MSU Media Relations--Mar. 15

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State takes a 2-0 Southeastern Conference mark on the road Wednesday as the Bulldogs venture to Gainesville, Fla., to challenge second-ranked Florida in a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. CT.

A free, live audio stream of the SEC doubleheader can be heard at

The Dawgs take a 12-12 overall record back into conference action following a pair of wins against Florida State at the SEC/ACC Challenge in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend.

Head coach Jay Miller's Mississippi State squad opened SEC action a week ago, sweeping a pair of games from South Carolina at the MSU Softball Field.

Wednesday's twinbill features two of the SEC's top teams when it comes to hitting extra bases. Mississippi State senior Ali Bainbridge, State's leading hitter with a .361 average, is tied with the Gators' Aja Paculba for second in the conference with nine doubles.

Bainbridge has also hit two triples and a pair of home runs. The Vestavia Hills, Ala., native has driven in eight runs and scored a team-best 24 times.

Seniors Chelsea Raines and Courtney Nesbit have also been major contributors to State's ability to hit the long ball this season. The pair received all-tournament honors last weekend after each hit a pair of home runs.

Raines has hit .348 this season while adding seven doubles and four home runs. Nesbit, a .342 hitter, leads the Bulldogs with seven doubles, three triples and 23 RBI.

Junior Ka'ili Smith continued her hot hitting in Tuscaloosa, tallying a .500 average en route to taking over the team's second-highest average on the season (.360). The Kapolei, Hawaii, native has hit a double and two home runs while adding 12 RBI and 13 runs.

Sophomore Kylie Vry and redshirt junior Misty Flesher have won four games each to lead the squad. Vry has struck out 55 over 73.2 innings. Flesher K'd a career-high 11 against Florida State last Friday. The Lone Grove, Okla., native now has 41 strikeouts this season while compiling a team- and SEC-best two saves.

The Bulldogs meet a Florida squad that is 25-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC action this season after sweeping LSU last week. The Gators won 24-straight games before having their streak halted by Nebraska over the weekend.

UF is hitting .355 as a team, led by Michelle Moultrie's .477 average. Megan Bush, a .451 batter, provides the power with 11 home runs and 38 RBI.

Stephanie Brombacher has posted a 14-0 mark in the circle. She has struck out 88 and allowed just eight earned runs for a 0.67 ERA. Newcomer Hannah Rogers boasts an 11-1 mark, and over 73.2 innings, she has surrendered six earned runs (0.57 ERA) while striking out 65.

The Bulldogs return home this weekend, hosting Arkansas in a three-game SEC series. Friday's opening game is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch, while the Saturday and Sunday game are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts. Sunday's game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.

Men's Golf
MADISON, Miss. - Ole Miss edged Mississippi State to win the inaugural Egg Bowl Scramble here Tuesday at Reunion Golf and Country Club, as part of the sponsorship media day for the upcoming BancorpSouth Intercollegiate to be held April 4-5 at Reunion.

The Rebels tallied a 678.81 to the Bulldogs 682.9 to win the trophy and $2,000 to the golf program. Mississippi State received $1,000 for their program. The four-person teams comprised of a player and or coach from each university with members of BancorpSouth and their customers.

"It was a great opportunity today and a fun event," Rebel head coach Ernest Ross said. "We were fortunate to win as a team today, and we get to keep this trophy for a year. As they call it the ‘traveling trophy,' we're going to travel with it. We want to thank BancorpSouth for a great day, and we look forward to the tournament in about three weeks."

"No matter which school won, the goal for BancorpSouth is to support education," said David Barrrentine, the Mid-Mississippi Region President for BancorpSouth. "Other sports often take the lion's share of recognition, and we wanted to make sure these scholar-athletes got their own moment in a well-deserved spotlight."

Ole Miss junior Joe David fired a 68 for the low round of the day to help his team of Scott Parrish, Peter Marks and David Harris post the low team total of the day with a 128.2.

"It's always fun to come out here and play with the guys who sponsor our tournament," David said. "I enjoy getting to meet them and seeing how supportive they are of our program. All these guys are fun. I've never met anyone I didn't like out here. It was a good day for Ole Miss and a good day for BancorpSouth."

Earlier in the day, BancorpSouth and Ole Miss held a press conference to promote the upcoming BancorpSouth Intercollegiate, which will feature 15 teams from around the Southeast, including all four Division I schools in Mississippi, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and Jackson State.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Hall of Fame Mississippi State radio play-by-play personality Jack Cristil will be honored Wednesday, March 16, at the state of Mississippi Capitol building in Jackson, for his storied 58-year association with the university.

Both the Senate resolution, which passed on March 1, and the House recognition, affirmed on March 4, proclaim March 16 as Jack Cristil Day in the state of Mississippi. Cristil will be at the podium when the resolution is read initially in the House, and then in the Senate chambers. Cristil will have the opportunity to address both bodies following the reading of the resolutions.

Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum and Bulldog Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin will be among the university dignitaries on hand for the Cristil recognition. Both resolutions allude to "You Can Wrap This One in Maroon and White," Cristil's trademark signature following Mississippi State victories.

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