News from MSU Media Relations--March 16

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

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf team will compete in its second tournament in as many weeks when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to play in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic. The tournament, held March 16-18, will be played at The University Club Golf Course.

The field features seven of the nation's top 25 teams including six from the Southeastern Conference. Of the 21 teams, 15 are ranked in the top-50 nationally.

Competing this weekend for the Lady Bulldogs will be Amanda Mathis, Julia Huh, Leigh Phillips, Gina Sharp and Suzanne Stanley. Mathis, a senior, currently leads the squad in stroke average with a 77.29. She has been MSU's top finisher three times this season including a tournament win last fall at the Wildcat Invitational. Huh currently holds a 78.70 stroke average and has been State's top finisher twice this season. Phillips comes into this weekends tournament with an 81.64 stroke average this season. Sharp, a freshman, is coming off this past weekends Lady Gator Invitational, where she set five career marks including the best round of the season. Stanley will be competing in her sixth tournament this season, which is second best on the team.

"This is the largest field we will see this year," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "The course we are playing will host the NCAA East Regional and with that being said, there will be many top-ranked teams to compete against this week. This will be a good tournament for my young players to gain some valuable experience."

This season marks the 22nd consecutive season that State will compete in the tournament hosted by LSU. Last season at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, State finished in eighth of 18 teams. Mathis led the way, shooting a 222 and tied for 15th.

Friday and Saturday's rounds will begin at 8 a.m. CT on holes #1 and #10, while Sunday's final round will be a shotgun start, also beginning at 8 a.m. CT.


Softball
MOREHEAD, Ky. - Due to heavy thunderstorms that hit most of Kentucky early Thursday morning, Mississippi State's non-conference doubleheader with Morehead State has been cancelled. The games will not be made up.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to resume conference play at top-ranked Tennessee. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. (CT). They will close out the series with a single game at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Sunday. All games can be heard on MSU's radio station, WMSV 91.1 FM and can be heard live on the station's website, www.wmsv.msstate.edu.


Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's track and field team will participate in the 2007 Georgia Relays on the campus of the University of Georgia on Friday, March 16 and continuing thru Saturday, March 17. Competition will get underway from Spec Towns Track at 12:30 CST on Friday with the men's hammer throw.

The MState men opened the outdoor season two weeks ago at the FSU Snowbird in Tallahassee, Fla. MSU's 4x400-meter relay team registered a regional qualifying mark at the event. The Lady Bulldogs will open outdoor competition this weekend.

"We are still trying to figure out our relay teams, so this weekend will be very beneficial," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "We are looking forward to having Jen McPherson and Liz Grube with us this weekend and the men should be pretty solid this weekend."

McPherson and Grube will booster the women's distance events for the Maroon and White. They will be making their senior season debut this weekend. On the men's side, sophomore Daniel Zabaldano will lead the Bulldogs in the field events. At the FSU Snowbird, the Brandon, Miss.-product claimed the discus event while posting a second-place finish in the javelin.


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