News from MSU Media Relations--Mar. 26, 2012.

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State closes out the home portion of its March baseball schedule Tuesday when the Bulldogs (16-9, 2-4 SEC) take on the Alcorn State Braves (6-17) in a 6:30 p.m. contest at Dudy Noble Field. MSU is 15-5 at home this season and 9-3 during March.

General admission tickets are $5 and available at the stadium ticket office beginning at 4:30 p.m.

State dropped an 11-inning decision Sunday in the deciding third game of an SEC weekend series against third-ranked Arkansas. It was the Bulldogs' third extra-inning setback and the second in league play this. Junior infielder Sam Frost paced the Bulldogs at the plate on the weekend, hitting at a .713 clip with five hits in seven at-bats against Arkansas, currently in a three-way tie for the overall lead in the SEC.

MSU is expected to send freshman right-hander Will Cox (1-1, 5.62) to the hill for a Tuesday night pitching start in the 11th baseball meeting between the Bulldogs and the Braves. State posted an 8-1 win in last year's game to improve its all-time series edge to 10-0.

The game will be broadcast locally on West Point's WKBB-FM (100.9), while subscription-based audio and high definition video streaming will be available through HailStateTV at

Alcorn State is one of 10 Mississippi State opponents this year who competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Braves claimed last year's SWAC regular season and tournament titles to earn the first NCAA tournament berth in program history.

The Bulldog pitching staff begins the week leading the Southeastern Conference and ranked second nationally behind Rice with 233 strikeouts. Junior right-hander Chris Stratton (5-0, 2.21) leads the Southastern Conference and ranks fourth in the NCAA with 53 strikeouts. The Bulldog defense also sits atop the SEC charts having turned 33 double plays, second-most in the NCAA.

Dudy Noble Field season-best crowds of 4,007 and 4,554 watched the first two games of last weekend's SEC baseball series against Arkansas. With a paid attendance total of 19,280 for the weekend, State became the fifth school in the NCAA this season to eclipse the 100,000 mark in total ticket distribution (101, 652).

Mississippi State resumes SEC competition on the road this weekend, traveling to Auburn, Ala., for a three-game set against its third consecutive nationally-ranked opponent, No. 24 Auburn (15-9, 4-2 SEC).

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior forward Renardo Sidney announced Monday he will forego his senior season and declare for the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Jackson, Miss., native, who appeared in 48 games for the Bulldogs and drew 46 starts, signed with Rogue Sports, an entertainment firm that represents pro athletes.

"I appreciate Mississippi State giving me an opportunity to play, but I feel it's time for me to move on," Sidney said. "I'm grateful to all the administrators, coaching staff and the fans for their support during my time at Mississippi State. I'm entering the draft to follow my dream of playing in the NBA and to help my family."

The 6-foot-10 standout averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. After sitting out his first season due to NCAA sanctions, he averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 boards.

In all, he scored in double-digits 29 times, while posting 20-plus points on four occasions - all in SEC play.

He scored a career-high 24 points twice, first at Ole Miss (1-13-11) and at home against LSU (2-23-11). He also posted six double-doubles.

Women's Golf
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Behind a first-round 1-over-par 289, the Mississippi State women's golf team turned in the fourth-best 36-hole performance in program history and second-best 36-hole card in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate on Monday.

The first-round 289 posted by the Lady Bulldogs ties the for the second-lowest round turned in by a Maroon and White squad, matching the 2004 team's 1-over-par in the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge.

The Lady Bulldogs are currently tied for third, just seven strokes back of tourney-leader East Tennessee State. The Bucs used a second-round 289 after notching a 296 in the opening round to take a three-stroke lead over second-place Maryland.

MSU's last tournament win came during the Fall of 2004 at the Lady Wildcat Fall Invitational and has only had three other Top 3 finishes since then. Most recently, Brown-Lemm's Lady Bulldogs tied for third in the 2010 Price's Give ‘Em Five Invitational.

Ally McDonald, who turned in a 70 and 71 during day one in the Atlanta suburbs, is currently tied for third behind Sian Evans of East Tennessee State. Evans used a tournament-best 5-under-par 67 in round two after posting par in the first round to take a two-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round.

The freshman standout's two-round 141 ties for the third-lowest 36-hole score in MSU history, while her first-round 70 ties for the fourth-best opening round.

McDonald aims to become the first Lady Bulldog to claim an outright individual tournament title since Suzanne Stanley won the same event in 2008. Erika Thornton claimed a share of the 2010 Memphis Women's Intercollegiate title before losing in a tie breaker. If the Fulton-native can capture the win, it will mark the first win by a freshman Lady Bulldog since Amandine Vincent won the 1995 Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.

"Overall, I'm pleased with where I stand right now," McDonald said. "I could have been better, and I will have to be tomorrow if I want to move up the leaderboard. I'm extremely proud of the team, and I'm excited about the position that we are in right now. We have a chance to do something really special tomorrow."

Rica Tse used a team-high two eagles to post a career-best 69 in the first round. Her two-round 145 also set a new career-best. The freshman is currently in position to record her first-career Top 10 as she is tied for seventh.

Fellow freshman Elena Warren also turned in the best round (72) and best 36-hole score (152) of her young career.

Battling an injured shoulder, sophomore Mary Langdon Gallagher turned in a two-round 158.

Perry Katherine Furr's first-round scorecard was disqualified because she did not sign it, but her second-round 4-over-par 76 is the senior's best round since notching a 75 in the second round of the UCF Challenge on Feb. 13.

Final-round action begins at 7:40 a.m. CST with live stats available through MSU is slated to tee off alongside Western Carolina and Jacksonville State at 9:10.

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