STARKVILLE, Miss. - Less than a week after completing play at the Wildcat Invitational, the Mississippi State women's golf squad will be back in action this weekend (Oct. 6-8) in Greenville, S.C. at the Lady Paladin Invitational. The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,103-yard Furman University Course and will feature a field of 17 teams.
For the third straight tournament, head coach Christi Sanders will compete with a different lineup. Playing for the Lady Bulldogs will be senior All-SEC performer Amanda Mathis, junior Julia Huh, freshman Suzanne Stanley, and sophomores Leigh Phillips and Jillian Jones. Mathis comes into the Lady Paladin Invitational after winning the individual title at the Wildcat Invitational last weekend. The Picayune, Mississippi, native has led the Lady Bulldogs in 12 of the last 13 tournaments.
"Amanda is playing really well right now and has a lot of confidence," said Sanders. "I'm seeing some improvements in this young team in practices and we will just have to carry that over into the competition."
Last season at the Lady Paladin Invitational, the Lady Bulldogs finished second as a team. Three MSU players finished in the top-15 and two finished in the top 10. Mathis finished in a tie for third while Huh ended play in a tie for 15th. At last year's Lady Paladin Invitational, Huh also set four career marks including a low round of 71.
This year's tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
STARKVILLE, MISS. - Eleven players, including two All-Southeastern Conference performers, will return to Starkville this weekend as the Mississippi State softball team welcomes back its former players for the second annual Alumni Game, Friday evening (7 p.m.) at the MSU Softball Field.
The Alumni squad will be a tough test for this year's edition of the Maroon and White. Two players, Jennifer Nelson (.314) and Kate Jaspers (.304), rank in MState's top 10 for career batting average, while righthander Melissa Massey is the Bulldogs' all-time winningest pitcher. The personnel of the alumni squad should give the current squad a gauge of its progress thus far.
The Alumni Game closes out a fall schedule that saw MSU go a perfect 8-0, outscoring its opponents 91-11. Nine players hit better than .400 during the fall, led by junior centerfielder Hallye Guess (.696; 16-23, 9 RBI) and junior shortstop Courtney Bures (.625; 15-24, 19 RBI). Sara Hickerson led the Bulldogs on the mound, posting a 3-0 record while striking out 23 batters in 20 innings pitched.
MISSISSIPPI STATE ALUMNNI SQUAD
INF/OF Kate Jaspers (2001-04)
* .304 career batting avg., 3 HR, 100 RBI
* 2004 First Team All-SEC
INF Jennifer Jessup (2001-05)
* .278 career batting avg., 11 HR, 94 RBI, 112 Runs
RHP Melissa Massey (2002-05)
* 55-41 career record, 3.75 ERA, 580.2 IP, 341 SO
INF Tanelda McDonald (2002-05)
* .273 career batting avg., 3 HR, 59 RBI
OF/RHP Jennifer Nelson (2000-03)
*.314 career batting avg., 1 HR, 47 RBI, 105 Runs
* 19-14 career record, 4.26 ERA, 234.1 IP, 84 SO
* 2003 Second Team All-SE
INF Lindsay Nelson (2001-04)
*.270 career batting avg., 3 HR, 58 RBI
OF Meagan O'Nan (2003-04)
.359 career batting average, 11 RBI, 53 Runs
INF Christine (Minor) Skinner (1982-83)
* .250 career batting avg., 7 RBI
OF Krystal Tillman (2001-03)
* .293 career batting avg., 7 HR, 50 RBI, 77 Runs
C/1B Jennifer Waterman (2001-04)
* .288 career batting avg., 7 HR, 120 RBI
SS Callye Williams (2004-06)
* .235 career batting avg., 7 HR, 58 RBI, 71, Runs
TULSA, Okla. - For the second time in as many years, a Mississippi State tennis player has fought through qualifying to reach the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships. Last year it was Ivan Bjelica. On Wednesday, it was junior Philippe Frayssinoux who will make his first main draw appearance at a major event on Thursday, joining Bjelica who had already received an automatic bid to this year's main draw.
Frayssinoux defeated 99th-ranked Markus Dickhardt of San Diego State 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday in the final round of qualifying to earn a spot in the final 64. On his way to the main draw, Frayssinoux defeated two opponents ranked in the top 100. After opening with a first-round win over 69th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine of UCLA on Monday, Frayssinoux continued with a second-round win over Washington's Patrik Fischer on Tuesday.
In Thursday's first round, 42nd-ranked Bjelica will meet 18th-ranked Harel Srugo of Old Dominion University at 8 a.m. CT while Frayssinoux will play Florida State's 27th-ranked Ytai Abougzir at 10:30 a.m. CT.
With Bjelica and Frayssinoux in the main draw this week, it marks the first time since 2001 that State has qualified two singles players for the main draw of a college major.