News from MSU Media Relations--March 5

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Men's Golf
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mississippi State's men's golf team fired an even-par round of 288 on the opening day of the Seminole Intercollegiate held at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

State stands just six shots off the pace and fourth on the team leaderboard set by East Tennessee State, who carded a 6-under par 282 on Sunday. The Tar Heels of North Carolina and Coastal Carolina round out the top-three squads.

The round of 288 posted by MSU is the best round recorded since the second round of the Squire Creek Intercollegiate back on Oct. 17.

MSU freshmen Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Noah Goldman each turned in 1-under par rounds of 71 to lead the Bulldog line up. Red shirt freshman Logan Young turned in an even-par round of 72, while freshman Matt Fast rounded out the MState scorecard with a 74 on Sunday. Saniz, Jr. and Goldman are both tied for tenth in the individual standings, while Young is in 16th-place.

Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina fired a 6-under par 66 for the clubhouse leader.

Second round action begins Monday at 8 a.m. on the par-72 course.

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The fourth-ranked Florida Gators blanked 75th-ranked Mississippi State in women's tennis action on Sunday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre to close out a season-long five-match homestand. The win by the Gators is the 26th-straight against the Lady Bulldogs in the all-time series.

State managed to win the match at the No.1 doubles position against the Blue and Orange. MSU's tandem of Anastasia Kugakolova and Polina Kokoulina knocked off UF's 60th-ranked pairing of Whitney Benik and Alexis Gordon 8-7(5). The win marked their first win this season over a ranked opponent.

Kugakolova fell 6-1, 6-2 to fifth-ranked Diana Srebrovic of UF on court one, while 99th-ranked Whitney Benik dropped MState's Renee Joseph 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Polina Kokoulina lost a 6-1, 6-0 decision to UF's Berecz Boglarka, ranked 41st in the nation.

MSU hits the road next weekend touring the state of Alabama, facing Auburn on Friday, March 10 and Alabama on Sunday, March 12. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Women's Golf
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a 303 in the third round of the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic Sunday to finish in eighth place. State fired a three-round total of 911 and finished only two strokes back of sixth.

Junior Amanda Mathis led Mississippi State on the final day, shooting a 74 and finished the tournament in a tie for 15th. Senior Ashleigh Korzack finished the three-round tournament, firing a 226 and finished in 24th. Senior Stephanie Godare shot a 228 for the tournament and finished in a tie for 38th. Sophomore Emily Parker completed her first tournament as a Lady Bulldog, firing a 241, finishing in a tie for 79th. After a neck injury held her out of the second round, MSU sophomore Julia Huh fired a 74 in the third round, helping State to their sixth top-10 finish of the year.

Auburn shot a 287 on the final day to take the team win over LSU by two strokes. Vanderbilt's Jacqui Concolino shot a 67 on Sunday and finished with a score of 210 to take the win in the individual competition.

State will be back in action next weekend (March 12-14) when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Pinehurst, N.C. for the Edwin Watts/Pinehurst Challenge.

Men's Tennis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team fell to the seventh-ranked Florida Gators by a score of 6-1 Sunday at Florida's Scott Linder Stadium. Florida won the doubles point and the first three singles points to clinch the match.

Florida won all three matches in doubles play to open the afternoon. Gators Chris Brandi and Greg Ouellette took out MSU's tandem of Ryan Farlow and Eric Lim 8-0 at the #3 position. Florida then clinched the first point of the match when the duo of Janne Holmia and Vladimir Obradovic beat the Bulldog pair of Philippe Frassinoux and Pierre Mouillon 8-1 at the #2 position. At the #1 position, Florida's duo of Nestor Briceno and Stefan Tell beat the Bulldog tandem of Ivan Bjelica and Jose-Carlos Pinto in a tiebreaker 8-7(2).

Florida waisted no time in expanding their lead when singles play began. The Gators jumped up 2-0 when Florida's Tell won 6-0, 6-1 over State's Ryan Farlow at the #5 spot. The gators stretched their lead to 3-0 when Florida's Obradovic took a 6-2, 6-1 victory over MSU's Philippe Frayssinoux at the #2 position. The Gators clinched the match at the #6 spot when MSU's Lim fell to Gator Ryan Sherry 6-2, 6-1 in Lim's first dual match of his MSU career. MSU's Mouillon gave State its lone point of the match, knocking off Florida's Chris Brandi 6-4, 6-4 at the #4 spot. At the #3 position, Jose-Carlos Pinto fell in a super tiebreaker to Florida's 38th-ranked Briceno by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(6). MSU's Bjelica fell in the final match of the day to Florida's Holmia in two tiebreakers 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

State fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC with the loss. MSU's next action will be March 10 when the Bulldogs host Auburn at 2 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus. State will conclude their homestand on March 12 when the Bulldogs host Alabama in a match slated for 1 p.m.

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