News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 13

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Soccer, Baseball and Women's Tennis.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State Athletics, Learfield Sports and NeuLion announced today the introduction of a first in college sports – live audio stream through Facebook, allowing Bulldog fans the opportunity to experience a brand-new way to plug in and follow this Saturday's game action against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Learfield Sports and its local entity, Bulldog Sports Properties, coupled with NeuLion's expertise as MSU's digital technology partner, have worked diligently with the athletics administration to ensure a seamless launch. Bulldog students, fans and alumni can access this inaugural audio stream on Saturday, Oct. 15 just prior to the 11:21 a.m. kick off at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

The stream for this game is complimentary, and access is as follows: 1) visit Mississippi State's official Facebook page; 2) click on "Live Football Audio" link in left-hand menu; 3) click the play button.

"We're very excited to be able to offer our fans another way to experience Mississippi State football," Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. "It increases the exposure of our product nationally, and also provides a new distribution path for our Maroon to the Max video/audio portal that fans can sample."

Bulldog Sports Properties is the multimedia rights holder for Mississippi State Athletics and a property of Learfield Sports, which represents MSU and more than 50 other collegiate properties. According to Learfield's President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown, "This is exciting, it is new, and we believe Bulldog fans are going to love it. We are continually looking at how we can be the best partner for our schools, delivering creative, cutting-edge ideas that will build momentum and reach fans in a new way." He added, "The Facebook stream is something we feel strongly will move the needle and be well received."

"A key initiative for our partnership with MSU Athletics and MSU BSP is to effectively drive fan engagement," noted Ed O'Brien, Vice President of NeuLion. "The addition of live audio to Facebook is a powerful step in the integration and growth of their overall digital strategy."

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State looks to extend a six-match home unbeaten streak as the Bulldogs host South Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the first Maroon Madness festivities.

Friday's match is part of multiple Maroon Madness activities that culminates with the season's first men's and women's basketball practices in Humphrey Coliseum.

Fans attending Friday's match can register for several great prizes that will be given away during the basketball portion of Maroon Madness.

Friday's match is also Faculty Night at the MSU Soccer Field, with a raffle being held to give away a Nook e-reader.

Bulldog fans can follow Mississippi State soccer on Twitter at and Facebook at A free, live video stream of Friday's match will be available at

Neil Macdonald's squad returns home for the first time following a 2-0 upset of then-No. 20 Auburn on Oct. 2. Mississippi State ventured to Georgia and No. 15 Tennessee last weekend, dropping a 4-3, double-overtime heartbreaker on Friday and a 2-0 decision on Sunday.

Despite the pair of setbacks, the Bulldogs (4-7-3 overall, 1-4-1 SEC) remain in the hunt for a berth in the SEC Tournament, which begins Nov. 2 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Junior Jasmine Simmons and sophomore Elisabeth Sullivan pace Mississippi State with nine points each. Simmons has scored a personal-best four goals to go along with one assist this season.

Sullivan has scored two of her three goals in the past three matches, and the Memphis native also tops the squad with three assists.

Junior Skylar Rosson aims for her second-straight home shutout following a weekend road trip that saw her stop a school-record 19 shots against Georgia en route to breaking into the career top five in saves.

South Carolina brings a 10-5 overall record and 4-2 conference mark into the weekend trip to the Magnolia State.

The Gamecocks, winners of three-straight matches, have been paced offensively by Kayla Grimsley's six goals and six assists. Danielle Au and Kortney Rhoades have scored five times and assisted on three more goals for 13 points each.

Sabrina D'Angelo has seen the majority of minutes in goal for USC. She has stopped 47 shots against 10 goals while pitching two shutouts.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Fans interested in catching a glimpse of the 2012 Mississippi State baseball team are invited to attend a pair of baseball scrimmages scheduled this weekend at Dudy Noble Field.

Coach John Cohen's fourth Mississippi State baseball edition will be divided for intrasquad games Friday at 4:15 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. and conduct an early-morning practice Saturday concluding well in advance of Saturday's Mississippi State-South Carolina football kickoff at Davis Wade Stadium. The scrimmage games and practice are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Diamond Dogs conclude fall baseball practice Oct. 26-30 with the five-game Bulldog World Series.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - This coming weekend, Oct. 14-15, the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the 24th annual Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

This competition will be the first of the fall season for the Lady Bulldogs and they are ready to reap the rewards they have been working towards during this off-season.

The ladies who will be representing Mississippi State this weekend are Ekaterina Iakovleva, Khrystyna Pavlyuk, Olesya Tsigvinteva, Roseline Dion, and Petra Ferancova. Iakovleva, Pavlyuk and Petracova will be playing in their first event as Lady Bulldogs.

The action will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. with one doubles match, followed by two singles matches. Play will continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. with two doubles matches and the final round of singles.

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