News from MSU Media Relations--August 23

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State catcher Hunter Renfroe, a sophomore from Crystal Springs, Miss., has been tabbed by Perfect Game USA as the top pro prospect on his collegiate summer league baseball team, the Bethesda (Md.) Big Train.

Renfroe hit .305 and hit a club-record and league-leading eight home runs in helping power Bethesda to a 36-9 record and its third consecutive Cal Ripken Collegiate League championship. Renfroe also notched a save in his lone pitching performance this summer with Bethesda. He was a 31st-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2010.

Sophomore first baseman/pitcher Daryl Norris of Fairhope, Ala., was a teammate of Renfroe on the Big Train team. Bethesda claimed the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game's season-ending top 50 ranking of summer collegiate leagues. That ranking included teams from more than 20 summer collegiate baseball leagues.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Seventeen games at Humphrey Coliseum and a road trip to defending national champion Texas A&M highlight Mississippi State's 2011-12 women's basketball schedule that was released on Tuesday.

In addition to the matchup against Texas A&M, the Lady Bulldogs' challenging 2011-12 slate includes a Feb. 16 home game against NCAA Elite 8 participant and defending SEC champion Tennessee, five other squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and four teams that played in last season's WNIT.

Following a Nov. 6 exhibition game against Arkansas-Fort Smith, Mississippi State opens the regular season against Jacksonville State on Nov. 11.

The game against the Gamecocks is part of a three-game, season-opening homestand that includes a Nov. 14 game against Xavier, an NCAA second-round squad in 2011, and a Nov. 17 matchup against Alcorn State.

Head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' squad heads to College Station, Texas, on Nov. 20 for the 2011 Super Series Challenge before returning home to meet Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 23.

Following a trek to Savannah State on Nov. 26, the team wraps the opening month of the season with a 7 p.m. tipoff against South Alabama on Nov. 30.

The Lady Bulldogs open the month of December with three of four games against Louisiana-based schools.

Mississippi State hosts Tulane, a WNIT participant a year ago, in a 2 p.m. contest on Dec. 4 before heading to NCAA Tournament participant Louisiana Tech a week later.

State hosts Southern Mississippi (Dec. 16) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 19) before closing the non-conference slate with the University of Nevada Tournament Dec. 29-30.

MSU meets Oklahoma State in the tournament opener and either Long Island or the host Wolfpack the following day.

"Playing in the SEC is always a challenge, but we feel that the non-conference schedule we have put together will help prepare us for league play," Fanning-Otis, MSU's 17th-year head coach, said. "We have a great core of veterans returning along with several new faces, and hopefully this team can continue building on the experience gained last season and the way we finished."

Mississippi State hosts LSU on Jan. 5 to open the 16-game conference slate. The Lady Bulldogs then hit the road for a pair of games against Kentucky (Jan. 8) and Alabama (Jan. 12).

State returns to The Hump on Jan. 15 for an SEC showdown against Georgia, a 2011 Sweet 16 participant, before heading to Oxford to meet in-state rival Ole Miss on Jan. 19.

The team welcomes Auburn and Arkansas on Jan. 22 and 26, respectively, before wrapping the inaugural month of 2012 with a Jan. 29 trek to South Carolina.

A Feb. 5 home date against Vanderbilt is sandwiched between return trips to Georgia (Feb. 2) and LSU (Feb. 9). Following the trek to Baton Rouge, the Lady Bulldogs return home to challenge rival Ole Miss on Feb. 12 before defending SEC champion Tennessee comes to Starkville on the 16th.

Mississippi State travels to Arkansas and Florida before wrapping the regular season against Kentucky on Feb. 26 at The Hump.

The SEC television schedule will be released at a later date.

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