News from MSU Media Relations--November 5

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STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Diamond Dogs representing eight decades of Mississippi State University baseball will gather at Dudy Noble Field Sunday afternoon as MSU hosts its 12th Alumni Baseball Game at Dudy Noble Field.

Sunday's 1:30 p.m. game will cap a full weekend for more than 140 former MSU players and managers, many of whom will take part in a Saturday afternoon golf tournament at the Mississippi State Golf Course and a Saturday evening dinner in the Bryce Griffis Board Room at the Palmeiro Center.

The majority of the returning players now make their home in Mississippi, but 15 other states, from New York to California, are also represented among the returnees for this year's alumni weekend activities.

Ten current or former Major Leaguers are expected to return to their collegiate stomping grounds, along with 13 All-America team honorees and 37 players who earned All-Southeastern Conference plaudits.

This year's alumni game will pit players from the 1983 to 1999 MSU teams against a collection of athletes who played or managed on State teams from 1939 to 1982 and from 2000 to 2006. Thirteen of MSU baseball's newest alums, representing State's 2005 and 2006 teams, are among first-time Alumni Weekend participants.

First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

2006 MSU Alumni Baseball Game Schedule
11:30 a.m. --- White team batting practice
12:05 p.m. --- Maroon team batting practice
12:45 p.m. --- White team outfield-infield drills
12:58 p.m. --- Maroon team outfield-infield drills
1:10 p.m. --- Autograph session along foul line fences
1:22 p.m. --- Player introductions
1:30 p.m. --- National anthem and first pitch

Women's Tennis
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - MSU's lady netters were led on Saturday by sophomore Elna de Villiers, who posted consolation victories in singles and doubles competition at the 2006 SEC Coaches Classic.

De Villiers started off the day with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 three-set victory against Alabama's Nicole Briceno in C Draw consolation play. She then took to the courts with partner Renee Joseph and claimed an 8-4 win over Paulina Bigos and Alice Tunaru of Alabama in B Draw consolation action.

Joseph suffered a close 7-6, 7-6 loss earlier in the day in B Draw consolation against Alabama's Shelley Godwin. In other singles play, Lady Bulldog Valeriya Makarycheva fell 6-3, 6-3 to Liberty Sveke of Vanderbilt in C Draw. Tatiana Feit had a bye for Saturday's action.

In A Draw doubles, Banikova teamed up with Makarycheva, losing a hard-fought 9-7 decision to Tennessee's Ghizela Schutte and Zsofia Zubor.

One corrected score from Friday was for de Villiers. The sophomore was reported as falling 6-2, 6-2 to Vanderbilt's Liberty Sveke, but she actually won that contest before falling in the second round.

Play in the annual event will conclude Sunday.

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