News from MSU Media Relations--Mar. 30, 2012.

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

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's 10th-ranked men's tennis squad's match with No. 27 LSU, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT. due to a full afternoon of rain.

As rain began pouring on the courts of the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre, coaches and match officials gave the confirmation to move the SEC West match to Saturday morning.

State is currently 14-4 overall and leads the SEC West at 5-1. LSU holds an 11-7 slate and is 2-4 in SEC play.

Live stats will be available at Also, follow @mstateMT for live match updates.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Southeastern Conference office announced Friday that Mississippi State senior tennis player Louis Cant has been nominated for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Cant was nominated along with former MSU soccer player Kim Pettit. Other scholarship nominations were baseball's Caleb Reed and softball's Misty Flesher as prospects for the league's Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Cant has posted the most career (76) and dual-match (47) wins by any player on the current MSU squad and has earned as high as a No. 36 national singles ranking and seventh in doubles. This season, Cant has earned a 14-2 dual-match record while recording a 4-2 slate in SEC play.

In his career in the Maroon and White, Cant is a two-time All-SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree and ITA Scholar Athlete. Last spring, Cant was selected to the All-SEC Second Team.

A member of the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Team, Cant will earn a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree in the fall of 2012.

The McWhorter Scholarship is presented annually to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.

Women's Tennis
BATON ROUGE, La. - In its seventh conference match of the spring campaign, Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis fell 5-2 on the road to 35th-ranked LSU Friday.

With the loss, State fell to 6-10 overall, 0-7 in SEC play. LSU improved to 11-7, 4-3.

In doubles competition, LSU grabbed the first victory as Whitney Wolf and Keri Frankenberger bested Petra Ferancova and Roseline Dion 8-4 at the No. 3 position. State's Olesya Tsigvintseva and Ekaterina Iakovleva responded by notching an 8-6 victory on court two. LSU then claimed the doubles point with a tight 8-6 win for Ariel Morton and Kaitlin Burns against MSU's Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran at No. 3.

LSU took a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Roseline Dion at the No. 6 position, followed by a 6-1, 6-2 victory for Wilson against Ferancova at No. 5.

The Lady Bulldogs notched their first point of the day when Iakovleva registered an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory on court three over Burns. However, the Lady Tigers clinched the match as Wolf held off MSU's 114th ranked Perper in a close 6-4, 6-4 match at the No. 1 position.

After the match was clinched the final two matches of the day both went to a third set. LSU's Frankenberger held off a rally from State's Tran 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 4. MSU's Tsigvintseva then claimed victory in favor of the Bulldogs on court two, coming from behind to take down Howlett 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday as they take on 29th ranked Arkansas in Fayetteville. Updates will be available through Twitter via @mstateWT.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior pitcher Caleb Reed has been nominated by Mississippi State University for the 2012 Southeastern Conference Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship.

The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship is named for former SEC Associate Commissioner Brad Davis, who succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. The scholarship recognizes the superior community service efforts of graduating SEC student-athletes and honors the memory of Davis, who had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

Reed, from Cleveland, Miss., and a former Bayou Academy standout, has starred on the field, in the classroom and in the Mississippi State University community throughout his four-year collegiate career.

A member of the 2011 SEC Baseball Community Service Team, Reed Participated in the SEC's "Together We Can" food drive and the ongoing "Soles4Souls" campaign, collecting shoes to send to underprivileged youth in Kenya. He has participated in MSU's annual Bully's Book Blitz, a program designed to encourage reading among local elementary students, and has frequently spoken to youth groups at local churches, promoting scholarship and citizenship. Reed has also been a volunteer with the Starkville Habitat for Humanity projects.

Reed, a pre-season All-American and candidate for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Stopper of the Year Award, is a co-captain of this year's Bulldog squad and a pre-season All-American pitcher. He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2011 after leading Mississippi State and ranking third in the SEC in both earned run average (1.55) and saves (12). He leads the 2012 club with five saves and sports a 3.00 ERA this spring and begins the weekend tied for fourth at MSU with 72 career relief appearances and 17 career saves.

A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Reed, the son of Teresa and Bob Reed of Cleveland, Miss., is on schedule to earn an undergraduate degree in business administration in May.

The Southeastern Conference will announce the name of the male and female recipients of the 2012 Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners April 5.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Former Mississippi State midfielder Kim Pettit has been nominated for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship, the league office announced Friday.

Pettit was nominated along with Bulldog tennis player Louis Cant. Baseball's Caleb Reed and MSU softball player Misty Flesher were nominated for the league's Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship.

"Kim is very deserving of this nomination," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "She has been an outstanding representative for Mississippi State University and our soccer program. Kim is the epitome of a student-athlete. She puts forth 100-percent effort on and off the field, and she was an outstanding captain for our program."

Pettit played in 53 games during her Bulldog career, scoring 11 points on five goals and an assist.

This past season, the two-year team captain was named Mississippi State's representative on the SEC Community Service Team. The Madison, Miss., native has served the past year as president of MSU's M-Club after previously holding the offices of vice president and treasurer.

Pettit is scheduled to receive her degree in psychology in May. She has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll laurels every year of her career and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship is presented annually to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - With a raucous crowd clinging to every pitch and the fog as thick as the intensity in the air, No. 2 Alabama (33-1, 10-1 SEC) edged out a narrow 5-4 victory over Mississippi State (19-16, 3-11 SEC) Friday night at the MSU Softball Stadium. The two Highway 82 rivals return to the Dawg Diamond Saturday at 1 p.m. for the sequel of the weekend trilogy.

"This was a great softball game," head coach Vann Stuedeman said. "All the fans that came out here tonight were able to see two great teams play a tremendous softball contest. It was an incredible night and a great atmosphere, and I want to thank every Bulldog fan that came out tonight and supported us."

Redshirt sophomore shortstop Erin Nesbit led the State bats with a 1-for-3 performance, including a momentum-shifting two-run home run. Junior left fielder Jessica Cooley tallied a team-high two hits with one driven in. Also notching hits for the Bulldogs were senior catcher Ka'ili Smith (1-for-3), sophomore third baseman Sam Lenahan (1-for-3) and redshirt senior Brittany Bell (1-for-2).

Junior left-handed pitcher Stephanie Becker left her heart in the circle Friday, suffering the loss (10-8) after hurling a season-high 139 pitches in 6.1 innings. The Chicago southpaw struck out six, but gave up five runs on five hits and eight walks. Alabama's Jackie Traina picked up the victory, moving to 20-0 on the season. The Crimson Tide sophomore yielded four runs on six hits and five walks, but struck out nine batters wearing Maroon and White.

After the visitors plated two quick runs in the top of the first, it took till the bottom of the third frame for Starkville's team to respond. With two down, sophomore second baseman Heidi Shape reached on a fielding error by Alabama shortstop Kaila Hunt. Shape stole second a couple pitches after to give MSU its second runner of the game in scoring position. On a 2-2 offering, Lenahan popped it up deep into the Mississippi sky, but Hunt again misplayed the ball, causing it to plop down on the moist grass in left. The miscue allowed Shape to tap the dish for MSU's first run of the night and advanced Lenahan to second. After a free pass by Bell, Cooley pinched a single through the left side of the infield, allowing Lenahan to come full circle and tie the game at two.

The Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to Nesbit's biggest hit of the season. Following a nine-pitch base on balls by junior first baseman Shelby Fisher, Nesbit detonated a no-doubter over the wall in straightway center for her second home run of the season.

Trailing by a deuce, the number two team in the country fought back to tie the game at four in the top of the fifth. The Crimson Tide would score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, which started with two straight walks issued by Becker. After Hunt redeemed herself with a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, five-hole hitter Amanda Locke was intentionally walked. Stuedeman then pulled Becker to a standing ovation and replaced her with redshirt senior Misty Flesher. With the bases juiced, Flesher walked Alabama right fielder Jazlyn Lunceford, producing the game-winning run for the team from Tuscaloosa.

Looking to wrap some magic in maroon and white in the bottom half of the seventh, Bell sliced a one-out full-count pitch to right field to put the tying run aboard. The magic was not meant to be, however, as Traina retired the next two batters on five pitches to end the game and secure the triumph.

The first 250 rabid Bulldog fans at Saturday's receive free "HailState" sunglasses. Admission is free for those that can attend, but for those that cannot, live video and audio streaming of the game will be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (

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