News from MSU Media Relations--July 12

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

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Joining the Mississippi State women's golf program will be Auckland, New Zealand native Rica Tse.

The third newcomer for the 2010-11 season adds a wealth of experience to the MSU roster. Since 2008, Tse has notched 14 Top 5 finishes including first-place finishes in the NZ Interprovincial, North Harbour Champion of Champions and NZ Secondary Schools Championship.

"She is a big addition for the program," said MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "Rica is a seasoned international amateur competitor that gives us another layer of experience on our team. She is very smart, seasoned and poised. We look forward to her arrival in August."

Tse spent the 2010-11 school year at the Auckland School of Technology while playing amateur golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University has signed infielder Nick Flair of Belle Chasse, La., to a national letter of intent, MSU head baseball coach John Cohen announced Tuesday.

Flair was consensus prep all-American and honored as New Orleans' metro player of the year following his senior campaign at Belle Chasse High School. He ranked second in the state with a .619 batting average in 2011, leading coach Nathan Stockman's BCHS Cardinals with 60 hits, 62 RBI, 18 doubles, 33 extra-base hits and a 1.237 slugging percentage. He also belted 12 home runs, legged out three triples and registered 13 stolen bases.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected the 6-3, 180-pound, right-handed hitting Flair in the 26th round in Major League Baseball's 2011 First-Year Player Draft in June.

"Nick comes to us with excellent baseball credentials," said John Cohen. "We have been equally impressed with his strong makeup. He comes from a family rich in baseball tradition and has received outstanding coaching from Nathan Stockman and Derek Bickim."

Flair was a four-year starter and three-time all-district performer at Belle Chasse, starring at shortstop in 2011 while helping lead the Cardinals to a 23-6 record and a third consecutive district championship.

He hit .421 with six home runs en route to first-team Louisiana All-State honors as a junior in 2010.

The Mississippi State baseball signee is the son of Lisa and Gus Flair of Belle Chase, La. His grandfather, the late Al Flair, played professional baseball with the New Orleans Pelicans and later with the Boston Red Sox.

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