News from MSU Media Relations--April 10

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

Men's Golf
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After opening the Palisades Golf Classic with a round of 300, Mississippi State 's men's golf team regrouped to post a spring season-best 288 in the second round of competition at the par-72 Palisades Country Club.

Sophomore Brian Mason carded MState's low rounds of the day with an opening-round even-par 72. The Dallas, Texas-product continued his stellar play in the second round, registering a career-best 3-under par round of 69. Mason birdied 12 of 36 holes played on Monday. Carlos Sainz, Jr. added MSU's second under par round in the afternoon, firing a 1-under par 71. Sophomore Logan Young had his best day of the spring session with rounds of 73 and 74. Matt Fast finished up the second-round scoring with a 2-over par 74.

Charlotte and Southeastern Louisiana share the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 13-under par.

State will conclude play in the Palisades Golf Classic on Tuesday, April 10.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State freshman Chelsea Bramlett was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week after helping the Bulldogs to a series victory over rival Ole Miss.

In four games, the Cordova, Tenn. native hit .500 (5-10) with four walks, four runs, and six stolen bases. She also had a .500 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage. Bramlett helped MSU to its third consecutive series victory, taking two of three over rival Ole Miss.

The freshman opened the week going 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases at Samford. She then began the Ole Miss series with a 1-for-2 day, with a walk, a run and two stolen bases. Bramlett began Saturday's doubleheader with a 1-for-3 day, with a walk, a run and a stolen base in a 7-4 victory. Bramlett ended the week with two hits, two runs, a walk and a stolen base in State's 8-0 win.

Bramlett currently leads the conference in runs (43), hits (61) and stolen bases with 39 which sets a new MSU all-time freshman record. She is also fourth with a .421 batting average, and ninth in on-base percentage (.468).

Her 39 stolen bases is a freshman record, and currently ranks second all-time in a season at State. Bramlett has stolen 34 consecutive bases, also second all-time.

Bramlett becomes the second player this year to earn back-to-back Freshman of the Week awards, and the first Bulldog to earn the feat.

State will host Southern Miss this Tuesday, April 10 in a non-conference game at 6:00 p.m. (CT). Admission for all MSU softball games is free. Fans can also follow all the action live at www.mstateathletics.com.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Having won nine of its last 12 games, and three straight conference series, Mississippi State (26-17, 9-8 SEC) welcomes Southern Miss for a midweek game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. (CT). Admission for all MSU softball games is free. Fans can also follow all the action live at www.mstateathletics.com.

Mississippi State leads the all-time series with Southern Miss, 24-10. In Starkville, MSU leads 11-6, while in Hattiesburg, the Bulldogs lead 11-2. The series is tied at two when played on a neutral field. Last year, the teams split a home-and-home series. USM won the first game, 2-0, in Starkville, while State defeated Southern Miss, 8-0, in Hattiesburg. MSU has outscored the Golden Eagles, 141-82.

Freshman Chelsea Bramlett continues to make her mark in her short collegiate career. The Cordova, Tenn. leads the conference in runs (43), hits (61) and stolen bases with 39 which sets a new MSU all-time freshman record. She is also fourth with a .421 batting average, and ninth in on-base percentage (.468).

Kelli Miller leads the Bulldogs from the mound with an 11-6 record and a 1.67 ERA. In 96.2 innings of work, the senior has struck out 50 batters. Kelsey Nurnberg is 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 74.2 innings of work.

Southern Miss enters Tuesday's game with a 14-26 overall record, and 5-6 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off a weekend that saw them sweep Marshall. As a team, USM is hitting .230 with 39 doubles and 32 home runs. Southern Miss has also stolen 41 bases in only 53 attempts. Offensively, the Golden Eagles are led by Megan Hill. The freshman is hitting .363 with 11 home runs, nine doubles, four triples and 33 RBI. She has also scored 31 runs. Brandi Alonzo is hitting .330 with four doubles, 20 RBI and 16 runs.

From the pitching circle, Southern Miss is led by a trio of pitchers. Shea Naramore leads the team with a 9-18 record and a 5.33 ERA. She also has 13 complete games, while striking out 53 batters. Samantha Davis is 3-8 with a 2.55 ERA with 28 strikeouts. Emily Howard has a 2.59 ERA, but is just 1-0 in 11 appearances. Opponents are hitting .296 against Eagle pitching.

Following this midweek action, the Bulldogs will host No. 5 LSU on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. (CT) in a conference doubleheader.


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