News from MSU Media Relations--April 7

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Track & Field
AUSTIN, Texas - Mississippi State's men's 4x1500-meter relay team closed out day three of the Texas Relays with a second place finish with a time of 15 minutes, 54.80 seconds. With the 4x1500-meter relay finish, MState finished in the top six in the three of the five relays that were contested on Friday.

MSU's 1,600 sprint medley relay team claimed fifth place on Friday night with a time of three minutes, 20.85 seconds. The foursome of John Bailey, Bruce Davis, Ezra Jones and Chris Woods was the top Southeastern Conference team in the event with conference foe LSU finishing just behind the Maroon and White.

"We had a good day with the 4x1500 and the sprint medley relays," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "Tomorrow is a big day with the men's 4x200-meter relay, distance medley relay and the 4x400-meter relay. It is supposed to be cold and rainy tomorrow."

The Lady Bulldogs finished sixth in the 1600 sprint medley relay with a season-best time of three minutes, 57.57 seconds. With the finish, State has placed in the top-10 in the relay for the second-straight year.

Senior Nicola Wilson improved her NCAA regional qualifying status in the women's shot put. The Trenton, N.J.-product earned a season-best mark of 48 feet, seven and three quarter inches to finish runner up in section B of the event. In the discus, Lady Bulldog Christina Hernandez registered a toss of 152-01 to place tenth. Sophomore Gabrielle Dillon turned in a personal-best time in the women's 100-meter dash. Dillon clocked a time of 11.83 seconds in the event.

The 80th edition of the Texas Relays will come to a close on Saturday. Highlighting the final day will be the running of the men's 4x400-meter relay, as MSU's eighth-ranked team will compete in the event that is slated to begin at 4:25 p.m.

To follow all the action from Mike A. Myers Stadium at UT, go to Live results will be posted throughout the event.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second straight game, Mississippi State could not warm up its bats. The Bulldogs had just three hits, as Ole Miss (17-22, 8-7) rallied from a two-run deficit to take Game One of the three-game series, defeating MSU (24-17, 7-8), 3-2.

State took the lead in the first inning. Chelsea Bramlett walked and stole second. Two batters later, Hayle Guess reached when third baseman Lauren Grill let Guess' ground ball get away from her. After Bramlett and Guess stole third and second, respectively, and Courtney Bures grounded out, Katie Cooley singled through the left side, driving home Bramlett and Guess for a 2-0 lead.

In the third, Lauren Rowe led off for the Rebels with a single to right field, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alise Doubt moved her to third on a ground out. But, Kelli Miller retired Emily Sarver and Lisa Conchos, stranding Rowe at third.

In the bottom of the inning, Bramlett grounded to first and Boyce struck out. Guess then singled to right, and advanced to third on Sarver's throwing error. But, Bures grounded to second, ending the inning.

Lauren Grill walked, and Mary Jane Callahan singled to left field. Ashley Dowdy then singled, scoring Grill and knocking Miller out of the game. Amber Tramp then gave Ole Miss the lead, singling to left field, but was thrown out at second. Sara Hickerson then got Vanessa Gibbs and Lauren Rowe to pop up, but not before the Rebels took a 3-2 lead.

Tara Willitt went the distance for Ole Miss striking out seven. Kelli Miller struck out four in three innings of work to fall to 10-7.

The teams close out the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. (CT). The games can be heard on MSU's radio station, WMSV 91.1 FM and can also be heard live on the station's website, Fans can also follow all the action live at

Men's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State men's tennis squad dropped a 7-0 decision to Georgia Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. UGA (20-0, 9-0) won the doubles point and never looked back, sweeping singles.

First off the court in doubles was State's Chris Doerr and Ryan Falow as they dropped an 8-4 decision to UGA's Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg on court #3. Georgia clinched the opening point when their top-ranked tandem of John Isner and Luis Flores won 8-3 over MSU's Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux on court #1. On court #2, UGA's 13th-ranked duo of Travis Helgeson and Matic Omerzel topped State's freshman team of Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs 8-4.

MSU (6-11, 3-6), fell quickly behind in singles and never recovered. Georgia took a 2-0 lead when 43rd-ranked Omerzel topped State's Farlow 6-1, 6-2 on court #4. UGA exteded their lead to 3-0 when 92nd-ranked Schnugg defeated MSU's Edouard Benchetrit 6-1, 6-2 on court #5. The fourth and clinching point for Georgia came on court #1 where top-ranked Isner downed MSU's 37th-ranked Bjelica 6-2, 6-2. The lead went to 5-0 when UGA's 78th-ranked Hunt topped MSU's Doerr 6-1, 6-3 on court #6. Georgia's 11th-ranked Helgeson gave UGA a 6-0 lead as he downed State's Frayssinoux 6-2, 6-2 on court #2. The final point, which gave Georgia the 7-0 advantage, came from 17th-ranked Luis Flores as he outlasted MSU freshman Kuznetsov 7-6, 6-3 on court #3.

With the loss, State fell to 2-7 this season on the road. The Bulldogs also fell to 6-43 all time against Georgia. The Bulldogs will continue its weekend activity Sunday, as it travels to Knoxville, Tenn. to face #22 Tennessee. Match time is slated for noon C.T.

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's tennis team (5-11, 1-8 Southeastern Conference) dropped a 6-1 decision to third-ranked Georgia Friday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. State's Martina Banikova earned her third upset win of the season, defeating seventh-ranked Natalie Frazier.

Georgia (16-1, 8-1 SEC) grabbed the early lead taking doubles wins at courts #1 and #3. First off the court, MSU's Renee Joseph and Daniela Juskova fell to UGA's Frazier and Naoka Ueshima 8-2. Georgia clinched the first point at the top position with an 8-3 decision by the 10th-ranked tandem of Yvette Hyndman and Darya Ivanov over State's Banikova and Valeriya Makarycheva. On court #2, State's Elna de Villiers and DeAndra Saddler took an early 4-1 lead before UGA's duo of Monika Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman battled back to earn an 8-7(3) tiebreak victory.

Georgia grabbed the first three singles matches to clinch its eighth SEC win. In the first match complete, MSU's Juskova dropped a 6-0, 6-2 match to Georgia's 61st-ranked Yvette Hyndman at the No. 3 position. At No. 5, UGA extended its lead to 3-0 with 81 st-ranked Ivanov claiming a 6-1, 6-1 straight-set triumph from State's Saddler. At No. 6, Georgia Bulldog Ueshima took her match against State's Makarycheva 6-1, 7-5 to wrap up the Georgia victory. Improving UGA's lead to 5-0, MSU's Joseph fell to Ueshima 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.

State gained its lone point of the day in a battle at the top position. There, MSU's Banikova came out victorious, upsetting the nation's seventh-ranked player Frazier. Banikova won a lengthy tiebreaker 18-16 for the first set and gained a 1-0 lead in the second before Frazier retired the match.

Last off the court, State's de Villiers came back after a 6-0 first set loss to take the second set 6-1 over Georgia's Dancevic. In the final set, however, Dancevic answered back, taking it 6-4 to close the day.

"Georgia proved why they are the No. team in the country," said MSU Head Coach Tracy Lane. "For us to beat a team like Georgia we have to out run and out work them. And I feel we did that on some of the courts. We worked on playing a lot of balls. We lost to a good team and we are definitely improving. I just would like to see us become more aggressive in doubles."

The Lady Bulldogs continue the weekend's action hosting No. 24 Tennessee this Easter Sunday, April 8. The match is slated for 1 p.m. at the Pitts Tennis Centre. The match against the Lady Vols will end the 2007 home slate for the Lady Bulldogs.

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