News from MSU Media Relations--Apr. 20, 2012.

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State Softball will hold its 2012 Summer camp on June 11th-14th.The camp is designed to provide intensive instruction on all aspects of the game of softball. We will focus on defensive skills, hitting skills and game strategy. All defensive positions including P&C will be covered. There will also be extensive work on hitting. The athletes will have the opportunity to scrimmage everyday as well. Athletes will be placed in teams based on age/skill level. The camp is open to athletes entering 2nd - 12th Grade.

For more details and registration please visit

You can also email or call (662) 325-0572

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald announced Tuesday former Incarnate Word and Czech U19 National Team member Sasha Vrany has transferred to join the Bulldogs for the 2012 season.

The Ottawa, Canada, native joins the Bulldogs after starting all 35 games during her first two seasons for the NCAA Division II-affiliated Cardinals. While in San Antonio, Vrany collected a goal and two assists.

In March, 2011, Vrany was selected to the Czech U19 National Team Camp. She earned a spot on the squad and claimed her first international cap after playing against Switzerland in the Euro Cup qualifier hosted by the Ukraine.

"We are excited to have a player of Sasha's caliber joining the program. Her experience at the international and collegiate levels will be a valuable asset for us in the midfield," Macdonald said. "Sasha uses the ball very well, and she is a solid passer. What I really like about Sasha is that she is a competitor who has a great engine between the 18s."

Vrany played on the prep level for Lisgar Collegiate Institute, where she earned MVP of the soccer team in addition to being a standout on the swimming and track squads.

She played club soccer for the Ottawa Fury, claiming team MVP accolades in 2008 after being named to Super Y-League North American All-Star team.

Vrany was born Aug. 7, 1992, in Ottawa. She is the daughter of Vladimir and Nada Vrany.

Men's Golf
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. - Playing for a regional birth, the Mississippi State men's golf team is in a three-way tie for ninth after first-round action at the SEC Championship with a 9-over-par 289.

Entering the weekend event, the Bulldogs owned a 68-62-3 record this season. To earn a regional bid, MSU must finish at least eighth in the 12-team field. State currently battling in-state foe Ole Miss for eighth-place. The Rebels have a two-stroke advantage on the Bulldogs.

No. 8 Alabama is the field leader after round one with an 8-under-par 272, while No. 25 Georgia is second at 7-under. No. 3 Auburn rounds out the Top 3 at 3-under.

Sophomore Chad Ramey is tied for second after an opening-round 3-under-par 67. The Fulton native posted par on the front nine, but birdied holes 10, 11 and 13 to climb the leaderboard.

Alex Rowland managed to turn in par for the first 18 holes. A bogey by the senior on No. 4 was negated by a birdie on No. 15.

Axel Boasson and Clay Bounds each turned in 76's, while John Darden notched a 78.

"Chad and Alex both stepped up big today and played some outstanding golf," MSU coach Homan said. "We let several shots get away from us at the bottom of our lineup, mostly with poor wedge play. Its nothing that can't be corrected going into the weekend, though."

Bobby Wyatt of Alabama paces the field individually after a 5-under-par 65 performance.

Live stats will be available through for the second round. More tournament information can be found through the SEC website here.

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