MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Mississippi State concluded play at the Blue-Gray Collegiate Classic Saturday, knocking off Oregon 4-1. After dropping the doubles point, the Bulldogs won the first four singles matches to clinch the win.
Oregon got on the scoreboard first with wins at the #1 and #3 doubles courts. On court #1, Oregon's duo of Markus Schiller and Arron Spencer downed State's Ivan Bjelica and Jose-Carlos Pinto 8-4. The Ducks clinched the point at the #3 spot when Mike Myrhed and Eric Pickard defeated the MSU tandem of Ryan Farlow and Philippe Frayssinoux 8-3. The match on court #2 was suspended with Oregon's Fernando Freilas and Gustavo Loza leading Bulldogs Florent Girod and Pierre Mouillon 7-6.
The Bulldogs opened singles play by winning the first set in all six matches. The first completed that evened the match at 1-1, was at the #5 position where Bulldog Girod defeated Oregon's Freilas 6-1, 6-0. The second point for the Bulldogs came on the #4 court where MSU's Pinto won in straight sets over UO's Loza 6-3, 6-2. State Freshman and Madison native Ryan Farlow notched the first dual-match win of his career, winning 6-3, 6-4 over Oregon's Pickard at the #6 position to give State a commanding 3-1 lead. Mouillon clinched the match for State, winning 6-3, 7-6(4) over Oregon's Spencer. The win was the fourth straight for Mouillon. The match on the #1 court between MSU's Bjelica and UO's Schiller was suspended with Bjelica leading 6-4, 5-5 while The match on court #3 was suspended with State's Frayssinoux and Oregon's Myrhed deadlocked at 6-3, 3-6, 1-1. With the win, State moved to 4-6 overall while Oregon dropped to 6-9.
"This win today will help build our confidence," said MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard. "Now we have to get prepared to get back into conference play and continue to improve."
State's next action will be Friday, March 24 when the Bulldogs travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on Kentucky at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs will then take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on March 26 in Nashville, Tenn.
Track & Field
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State University junior Nicola Wilson (Trenton, N.J.) threw a school record 51 feet, one-and-three-quarters inches to finish fourth and lead MSU on the third day of competition at the Alabama Relays. Wilson's mark meets an NCAA regional qualifying mark in the event and is the second school record Wilson holds (indoor shot put).
"We had a good day," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "We're glad for Nicola (Wilson). Anytime you set a regional mark, it's a good meet. Tomorrow's a big day for us."
Wilson's teammates Christina Hernandez (Asheville, N.C) and Emily Sanders (Woodstock, Ga.) threw 42-11 and 40-03 ½, respectively. Hernandez followed with a second-place showing in the discus (147-09).
In other field events, senior Jasmine Walls (Picayune, Miss.) tied her personal best 5-07 to win the high jump title. Teammate Dot Youmans (Poplarville, Miss.) finished in a tie for eighth with a jump of 5-03. State was led by a pair of freshmen in the long jump competition. Janelle Finley (Mobile, Ala.) leaped 18-10 ¾ to finish fourth. The mark is the fifth-best all-time at MSU. Marrissa Harris (Memphis, Tenn.) took sixth (18-08). Sophomore Alex Rozefort (Montreal, Quebec) leaped 17-08 to finish17th.
On the track, junior Joy Griffith (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) ran a personal best 11 minutes, 12.31 seconds to take third in the 3000-meter steeplechase and record the third-best time in school history. In her first collegiate outdoor race, freshman Nicole Rosetti (Biloxi, Miss.) ran 18:27.51 in the 5000-meter run, setting a personal best with her sixth-place finish. In the 100-meter hurdles, Harris placed fifth out of 45 competitors, running a personal best 14.21 and the fifth-best mark on the all-time MSU list.
On the men's side, freshman Keith Hewlett (Detroit, Mich.) leaped 23-09 in the long jump, while junior Jerald Wilson (Port Gibson, Miss.) jumped 21-05 ¼. Freshman Daniel Zabaldano (Brandon, Miss.) recorded a 135-05 mark in the javelin.
Sunday's action features relay finals and several field events. Action begins with the women's hammer throw at 8 a.m. at the Sam Bailey Track Complex on the University of Alabama campus.