News from MSU Media Relations--November 13

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Cross Country
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Annie Falor and Jennifer McPherson were named to the South All-Region team on Tuesday by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

To be considered for the All-Region team, athletes must finish in the top-25 of their region and meet NCAA Division I Cross Country Coaches Association requirements.

Falor, a junior from Flagstaff, Ariz., is a first-time selection to the squad after posting a time of 22:08.5 this past Saturday in the NCAA South Region at Knoxville, Tenn. She finished 24th in the field.

McPherson acquired All-Region status for the second time in her Lady Bulldog career. The Nampa, Idaho senior was awarded region status in 2004 as a sophomore. She becomes the fourth Lady Bulldog to earn the honor twice in a career, joining former distance standouts April Ecke (1992, ‘93), Meggan Hodge (2001,'02) Tiffany McWilliams (2002, ‘04). McPherson is gearing up for a trip to the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual competitor in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday, Nov. 20. She earned her bid to the national meet after finishing 16th in the regional.

With the two All-Region selections for 2006, MState has had at least one Lady Bulldog earn the status since 2001.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head softball coach Jay Miller announced the signing of six players to the 2007 incoming class, Friday afternoon.

Joining the MSU softball program is Courtney Nesbit (IF, Acworth, Ga.); Brittany Bell (OF, Brandon, Fla.); Misty Flesher (P, Lone Grove, Okla.); Jessie Mae Spain (IF, Vestavia Hills, Ala.); Ali Bainbridge (IF, Vestavia Hills, Ala.); and Elizabeth Woolven (P, Mooreville, Miss.).

Infielder Brittany Bell is a three-year starter for Riverview High School. Last year, the Brandon, Fla. native hit .402 (35-87) with 40 runs and 20 RBI in 26 games. She also had three home runs and a .612 on-base percentage. Bell was also a threat on the base paths, stealing 12 bases. The performance earned Bell First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County honors. She also led the Tampa Wildcats to 18-under ASA A Southern National Championships in 2003 and 2004. Last year, she led the Wildcats with a .350 batting average with eight home runs.

Courtney Nesbit is a three-year starter for Harrison High School, where she led the Hoyas to back-to-back Region 5A Championships in 2004-05. Last year, the Acworth, Ga. native batted .395 (43-118) with 17 runs and 24 RBI. She also had a .565 slugging percentage and a .440 on-base percentage. Nesbit was named Second Team All-State in 2005, and is a two-time Most Valuable Offensive Player. Last year, she led the Georgia Fire Gold to a ninth place finish at the ASA GOLD Nationals. She batted .408 (84-204) with six home runs, 41 RBI, 44 runs and 22 doubles. She also had a .621 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage.

Misty Flesher comes to MSU as one of the most accomplished players to ever come out of Oklahoma. The pitcher out of Lake Grave High School set a national record for single-season shutouts with 35, while also holding the career record with 108. Last year, the Lake Grave, Okla. native struck out 554 batters in 291 innings. She also posted a school record 0.12 ERA while going 35-9, leading the Longhorns to the State Championship. Flesher set two state records: most career strikeouts (1,658) and single-season shutouts (35). She also set six other school records, including most innings pitched (1,031), lowest ERA (0.12), single-season strikeouts (554), fewest hits allowed in a career (80), single-season victories (41) and career victories (134). Of her 134 victories, 108 of those were shutouts. Flesher also threw 41 career no-hitters. A four-time Lake Country Conference Pitcher of the Year, she also earned the team's Silver Slugger Award her senior year, batting .342 (41-120) with 25 RBI.

Infielder Jessie Spain is a three-year starter for Vestavia Hills High School, twice leading the Rebels to runner-up finishes in the state tournament. Last season, Spain was named to The Birmingham News 6A All-State Team, as well as an All-State Honorable Mention or the Alabama Sports Writer's Association. In 75 games, Spain batted .382 (73-191) with 68 RBI, 47 runs, 17 doubles and 7 home runs. The junior also had a .452 on-base percentage. Spain led the Elite Force to the 2005 ASA 16-under State Championship, and placed fifth in the ASA 16-under National tournament with the Birmingham Vipers.

A teammate of Spain's at Vestavia Hills, Ali Bainbridge is an all-around player. Bainbridge batted .427 (94-220) with 12 home runs and 57 RBI. She also had a .686 slugging percentage and a .453 on-base percentage. She was also a weapon on the base paths, stealing 24 bases. But, Bainbridge did the most damage from the pitcher's circle. In 22 appearances, the Vestavia Hills native went a perfect 18-0 with two saves. She posted a 1.12 ERA with 120 strikeouts. Bainbridge earned a number of individual awards, including ASWA and The Birmingham News 6A All-State Team, as well as The Birmingham News South/Hoover Player of the Year.

Elizabeth Woolven, out of Mooreville (Miss.) High School, is a four-time Division Player of the Year and two-time All-State. Over her high school career, Woolven batted .406 with 126 RBI. She also went 89-25 with 978 strikeouts as a pitcher. Last year, she was the Tupelo Daily Journal Player of the Year.

"I am really excited about our ‘07 recruiting class," said Miller. "We have helped ourselves on the mound, offensively and defensively and I am looking forward to this freshman class making a huge impact on our program immediately."

The Bulldogs open the 2007 campaign February 9-11 when they host the Bulldog Round Robin.


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