News from MSU Media Relations--October 2

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STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State softball team got strong pitching performances and timely hitting on its way to sweeping the final day of the MSU Fall Softball Tournament, defeating Alabama-Huntsville, 9-4 and Jones Junior College, 14-1.

MSU pitchers only gave up five hits on the day. Jessie Bailey struck out three and allowed just four hits in the first game against UAH. Against Jones JC, Sara Hickerson struck out ten, while allowing just one hit.

State batters hit .448 (32-56) on the day, led by second baseman Katie Johnson. Johnson was 4-8 (.500) on the day with two runs and four RBI.

In the first game, State scored four times in the first inning. Alabama-Huntsville got two back in the third, but the Bulldogs scored four times in the bottom half and added another run in the sixth. UAH scored twice in the seventh, and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Jenny Hess popped up to third, ending the game.

Against Jones, MSU scored four runs in the first inning, once in the third, three in the fourth four in the fifth and twice in the sixth.

Mississippi State concludes its fall schedule next Friday with the Alumni Game at 7:00 p.m.

STARKVILLE, MISS. - Arkansas scored early and never looked back, as the Lady Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State, 3-0, at the MSU Soccer Field. It was Arkansas' fourth consecutive victory over the Bulldogs.

UA came out firing. Two and a half minutes in, Rachel Smith sent a long pass to Christina Burger, who split the MSU defense and sent a shot past Bulldog netminder Taryn Holland for an early 1-0 advantage.

The ‘Lady Backs kept play in MSU territory for most of the game. Arkansas scored again with less than four minutes to play in the half. Allison Harter sent a cross from the right side toward the net that Kat Moffett headed in for a two-goal lead.

State came out of halftime looking to get back in the game. Twenty-four seconds in, Treena Ferguson sent a shot from the right side of the box that beat UA goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver. But the ball hit the inside of the left post and bounced straight to Dillsaver, keeping it a two-goal game. But, the Lady Razorbacks added a third goal at the 77:41 mark. Sophie Wentz deflected a Whitney Allison's pass into the corner of the net, closing the scoring.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday night when they begin a five-game road trip in a big West Division battle at Alabama. Play begins at 7:00 p.m. You can follow all the action live at

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux will both be in action this week at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Frayssinoux will begin play in the qualifying round while Bjelica will start play later in the week in the main draw. Both will also be in action in qualifying doubles.

Frayssinoux opens tournament play on Monday, facing off against UCLA's 69th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine. In order to reach the main draw, Frayssinoux must win his first three matches in qualifying. The Plaisir, France native comes into the tournament with a 3-2 record this season. Among his three wins was an upset over 32nd-ranked Andres Siljestrom from Middle Tennessee State on his way to the semifinals last weekend at the Blue Raider Invitational.

When main-draw competition begins on Oct. 5, MSU's 42nd-ranked Ivan Bjelica will begin play. Bjelica is 5-2 this season in singles and is coming off an apperance in the finals of the Blue Raider Invitational.

Both players will pair to play in qualifying doubles beginning on Oct. 3. The tandem must win their first three matches to reach the main draw of competition which begins on Oct 5.

Women's Golf
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After Saturday's two rounds at the Wildcat Invitational, Amanda Mathis held a four stroke lead heading into the final round. On Sunday, Mathis captured her second individual title at the event in the last three years and her third straight top-two finish. Mathis fired a 77 in the final round Sunday to hold off Louisville's Adrienne White and and North Carolina State's Lauren Doughtie by one stroke.

"Amanda played outstanding Saturday in tough conditions and played solid enough today to pull out the victory," said head coach Christi Sanders. "This is by far her favorite course and her results in this tournament have shown that."

Mathis has lead State in both tournaments this fall and continues to lead the team in stroke average. After a 20th place finish in the last tournament, Mathis fought back to win her second career tournament title.

"This weekend, I was able to save some pars and really take advantage of my short game," said Mathis. "It is always a good feeling to win and hopefully i can keep that momentum going."

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs finished in 10th with a 952. Junior Julia Huh finished in a tie for 27th with a 239 while freshman Suzanne Stanley finished the tournament with a 243 and finished in a tie for 41st. Jillian Jones fired a 245 for the weekend while Gina Sharp finished with a 255.

Memphis fired a 298 in the final round and finished with a 929 to win the team title. Augusta State finished second while North Carolina State took third.

Mississippi State's next action will be this weekend (Oct. 6-8) when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Greenville, S.C. to compete in the Lady Paladin Invitational.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE , Miss. - Two weeks removed from winning their first tournament since 2005, the Mississippi State men's golf team returns to competition on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Memphis Intercollegiate at Colonial Country Club's South Course. The 54-hole tournament will continue thru Tuesday with the final 18 holes.

State is coming off a team and individual win at the Callis Communications Intercollegiate back on Sept. 19 in Mobile, Ala. Bulldog sophomore Matt Fast took home medalist honors at the event for his first win at MSU. His win garnered him GolfWorld Magazine's College Golfer of the Week award in the Sept. 28 issue. As a team, MState is gaining national recognition for its great start to the fall season. MSU received 24 votes in the recent Golf Coaches Association of America/Bridgestone Coaches Poll released last Thursday.

MSU's probable line up for the University of Memphis-hosted event will be senior Greg Huxman, sophomores Noah Goldman, Fast, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Memphis, Tenn. native Logan Young.

Head coach Clay Homan's squad is making its third-straight appearance in the event. Colonial Country Club plays to a par-72 and spans over 6,000 yards. Last season, State placed eighth in the field with Young as the top MSU finisher.

The 18-team field includes – Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mercer, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina-Wilmington, North Carolina-Greensboro, South Alabama, South Florida, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee-Chattanooga, TCU and Wisconsin.

The firs two rounds will be played on Monday beginning at 8 a.m. CST.

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