News from MSU Media Relations--July 5

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A sizzling .419 batting average over the first 12 games of his professional career has netted former Mississippi State third baseman Jarrod Parks a promotion in the Los Angeles Angeles organization.

Parks, who paced the Bulldogs and for much of the 2011 campaign led the Southeastern Conference in hitting, was promoted July 4 from the Orem (Utah) Owlz of Pioneer League to the Inland Empire 66ers of the Advanced Class A California League in San Bernardino, Calif.

In 12 games, Parks went 18-for-43 with a double, a triple, three home runs, nine RBI and a .519 on-base percentage. He concluded his senior season at Mississippi State with a team-best .363 batting average and a Southeastern Conference-leading .507 on-base percentage.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Two members of Mississippi State's 2011-12 baseball team have been selected to play in next week's California Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game in Glendale, Calif.

Sophomore-to-be Adam Frazier from Bishop, Ga., and incoming junior transfer Nicholas Ammirati from Sparta, N.J., are among 54 prospects selected to play in the third annual CCL game set for an 8 p.m. CT start July 13 at Glendale's Casey Stengel Field. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports West (Dish Network Ch. 417, DirecTV Ch. 692).

Frazier, who earned SEC All-Freshman honors and played in 38 games on MSU's 2011 NCAA Super Regional team, sports a .382 batting average with the league-leading San Luis Obispo Blues and will suit up for the CCL Nationals. Ammirati inked with Mississippi State this spring and played in 2011 at Panola (Texas) Community College. He has compiled a .298 batting average catching for the Orange County Pioneers and will compete in the collegiate summer league all-star game for the CCL Americans.

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - With five stops at Southeastern Conference sites, the Mississippi State women's golf schedule is one of the stiffest in the nation.

"We are challenged to the max with such a young squad with this schedule, but we are in the SEC, so we have to push ourselves every week," MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "I want us in the fire and that level of competition as often as possible. That is the only way we can rise to the level I want our program."

The Lady Bulldogs kick off the 2011 fall season with a trip to Lexington, Ky., for the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invite. The University of Kentucky-hosted event will begin on Sept. 30 at the University Course. MSU's last appeared in the event during the 2009-10 season, where it posted a two-day score of 614 to earn a share of 10th-place.

Lady Bulldogs next stop is the Price's Give ‘Em Five Invitational, where last year the Lady Bulldogs set the program's best 54-hole score in over a decade and second-lowest in program history en route to a third-place finish. Hosted by New Mexico State University at it's NMSU Golf Course, the Las Cruces, N.M., the tournament will begin on Oct. 10.

Next, the lady linksters travel to Knoxville for one of the premier events in the nation, the SEC/PAC-12 Challenge. Beginning on Oct. 21 at Holston Hills Country Club, the tourney will feature the toughest competition in the country. Last year's inaugural SEC/PAC-10 Challenge showcased seven of the nation's Top 10 teams, including the top four.

To close out the fall, the Lady Bulldogs faceoff in the Challenge at Onion Creek beginning Nov. 7 in Austin, Texas. MSU has never participated in the Texas State event.

Mississippi State begins the spring slate with back-to-back trips to the Sunshine State. Beginning Feb. 12, the Lady Bulldogs will face off in the UCF Challenge at the Red Tail Golf Club in Orlando. On March 16, the Maroon and White returns to Gainesville for the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Ten days later the team begins the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Golf Club in Stockbridge, Ga. In last season's edition, then-freshman Mary Langdon Gallagher set career-bests for a round (70) and tournament finish (5th) and also tied her career-best tournament card (219).

The Lady Bulldogs conclude the regular season at the Lady Rebel Intercollegiate at the University Golf Club in Oxford, Miss., on April 6 After barely missing a Top 10 finish in 2011, the Lady Bulldogs look to post their second Top 10 finish in four attempts at this event.

The 2012 Women's Golf SEC Championship will be held at The Blessings in the Fayetteville, beginning April 20.

The NCAA Regionals will be held a various sites beginning May 10, and the NCAA Championship will be held at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., beginning May 10.

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