AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State (34-25) was held to just one hit, as the Bulldogs fell to Florida, 3-0, in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
After Stacey Nelson threw a four-pitch first inning, the Gators went to work in the bottom of the inning. Kim Waleszonia led off reaching on Chelsea Bramlett's 18th error of the season, and moved to second on Lauren Roussell's sacrifice bunt. Ali Gardiner then singled to left field, putting runners on the corners. Melissa Zick grounded to third, but Waleszonia broke for home. Jessie Bailey threw home to Blair Hewett, who threw to Courtney Bures for the force out. Kelli Miller got out of the inning by getting Francesca Enea to ground to short.
Florida opened the scoring in the third. Waleszonia led off with a single, and moved to second on Roussell's second sacrifice bunt of the game. Waleszonia went to third on Gardiner's ground out, Zick singled through the left side, giving the Gators a 1-0 lead. Enea grounded to Miller to end the inning.
MSU got its first hit of the game when Bramlett led off the fourth with a single to right field. She moved to third on back-to-back sacrifices by Hayle Guess and Courtney Bures. But, she was left stranded as Katie Cooley grounded to short, ending the inning.
The Gators increased their lead to 2-0 in the fifth. After Waleszonia flied out to center, Roussell hit Sara Hickerson's 3-2 offering over the left field fence.
In the sixth inning, Mary Ratliff, drew a four-pitch, leadoff walk, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kelsey Nurnberg was then called for an illegal pitch, allowing Ratliff to go to third. Ratliff then took off for home, and the ball got away from Hewett, and Ratliff scored UF's third and final run of the game.
Stacey Nelson went the distance for Florida, improving to 29-12. Kelli Miller went four innings, falling to 17-10.
State now waits for the NCAA Regional Selection Show, Sunday at 1 p.m (CT) on ESPNews, to find out if it advances to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Mississippi State senior Amanda Mathis stands in a tie for 25th after firing an even-par 72 Thursday in the first round of the NCAA East Regional at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La. Mathis stands six shots back of the leaders heading into Friday's second round.
The Picayune, Miss., native totaled three birdies and three bogeys in the opening round. Mathis had her best career round at the University Club with a 67 in 2005, while her best event score of 215 came earlier this season at the same course.
After the first round, three are tied for the lead in the individual competition. Nannette Hill of Wake Forest, Sydnee Michaels of UCLA and Adrienne White of Louisville all fired rounds of 66 and lead the field after the first round. UCLA holds the team lead, as they shot a 281 in the opening round.
Mathis along with the other two individual competitors will tee off at 12:20 in Friday's second round. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships which begin May 22 in Daytona Beach, Fla.