News from MSU Media Relations--October 1

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Women's Golf LEXINGTON, Ky. - MSU senior Amanda Mathis shot a 148 in the first two rounds of the Wildcat Invitational Saturday and leads the field by four strokes. Mathis fired a 75 in the first round and a 73 in the second round and stands at 4-over par with one round to play. Mathis heads into Sunday's final round looking to capture her second individual title at the Wildcat Invitational in the last three years and her third straight top-two finish.

Battling adverse weather conditions all day, the Lady Bulldogs shot a 643 as a team and stands in 10th place, but only nine strokes out of fourth. Junior Julia Huh shot a 164 and is currently in a tie for 43rd. Freshman Suzanne Stanley shot a 165 and is in a tie for 45th while MSU sophomore Jillian Jones and freshman Gina Sharp shot a 166 and 176 respectively.

Louisville shot a 630 as a team and leads North Carolina State and Memphis by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round. Sunday's third round will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Kentucky's University Club with a shotgun start.

STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State softball team got strong pitching and timely hitting performances on Day One of the MSU Fall Softball Tournament, defeating West Alabama, 13-1, then coming back to defeat a strong Alabama-Huntsville team, 4-3.

MSU pitchers only gave up seven hits on the day. Stephanie Comeaux and Sara Hickerson combined for a two-hitter in the first game against Belhaven, striking out seven. Against UAH, Kelli Miller went the distance, striking out two while allowing just five hits.

State batters hit .411 (23-56) on the day, led by junior shortstop Courtney Bures. Bures was 4-4 (1.000) on the day with two walks and six RBI.

In the first game, MSU scored four times in the first inning, and eight times in the third. Belhaven got a run back in the fifth, but State scored in the bottom half to close the scoring.

Against UAH, the Chargers got off to a quick start. After the first two batters walked Sage Woodham hit a three-run home run over the right centerfield fence. However, MSU got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. The game remained that way until the fifth inning. Michelle Kinney reached on a throwing error by the pitcher, and came all the way around to score. After two bunts singles and a sacrifice bunt, Chelsea Bramlett tied the game on a wild pitch, and Bures doubled to give the Bulldogs the lead.

The tournament concludes tomorrow with three games. Alabama-Huntsville faces Jones JC at 11:00 a.m., followed by Mississippi State-Alabama-Huntsville at 1:00 p.m. and Mississippi State-Jones JC at 3:00 p.m.

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