HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Wasting no time to make noise in the 2011-12 season, sophomore Bulldog Chad Ramey fired a career-best, 6-under-par 65 during the second round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate on Monday.
Ramey's two-round, 7-under-par 135 propelled the Mississippi State men's golf team to a 3-over-par 571 and a tie for sixth with one round remaining on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs opened with a 287 in the first round Monday morning before climbing the leaderboard with a second-round 284 in the afternoon. Ole Miss is currently atop the field after notching a 10-under-par 558 on the day.
Ramey's tally is the best round by an MSU athlete since Noah Goldman's 64 in the 2008 Roadrunner Intercollegiate. He currently trails tournament-leader Blake Kelley of South Alabama by two strokes entering the final round.
"I hit the ball really well today," Ramey said. "I had a few putts roll my way and was able to get them to fall. My goal was to stay away from trouble out there, and I feel like I accomplished that."
Senior Alex Rowland also had a couple of solid rounds, carding a 72 and 73, respectively.
Other Maroon and White scores include Lee Heaton's and Tyler Smith's 4-over-par 146's and Axel Boasson's 154.
"Chad (Ramey) played exceptional," MSU coach Clay Homan said. "He was in total control of his game today and could have even been a few shots better. We counted a lot of 73's, which is nothing special as easy as the course was playing today. We have the opportunity to post more rounds under par tomorrow if we get a few more putts to fall."
Live stats for the second round will be available through www.mstateathletics.com beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Fans can follow Mississippi State Golf on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mstateMG and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mstateWG.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Five Mississippi State players are included in the latest Southeastern Conference volleyball statistics released by the league office Monday.
Senior middle blocker Hannah Wilkinson (Elk Point, S.D.), one of three Bulldogs to earn all-tournament team distinction in last weekend's MCM Elegante' Invitational in Beaumont, Texas, leads the league with a .455 hitting percentage. Wilkinson also averages a block per set to tie for seventh in blocking.
Senior outside hitter Caitlin Rance (Kingwood, Texas) is second in the league in kills per set (4.82) and points per set (5.85). Rance leads the team with 164 kills through nine matches. Sixty-six of those kills came during last weekend's tournament, helping net tournament MVP honors for the Bulldogs' co-captain.
Freshman Lainey Wyman (Plainfield, Ill.) continues to rank among the league's top newcomers. The middle blocker had piled up an SEC-leading 41 blocks and ranks second in the loop with 1.21 blocks per set. Wyman joined Wilkinson and Rance on last weekend's all-tournament team.
Rounding out the Bulldogs in the SEC statistical rankings are sophomore setter Paris Perret (Frisco, Texas), currently fourth in assists per set (11.23) and freshman Bentley Witte (Arlington, Texas), currently seventh in average digs per set with 3.90.
The Bulldogs, fresh from a championship-clinching 3-0 showing in last weekend's tournament hosted by Lamar University, launch SEC competition Friday on the home court against No. 7 Florida (7-2). First serve is set for 7 p.m. State closes out the first of its 10 weekends of league play Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. match against South Carolina (9-1).