News from MSU Media Relations--September 17

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer, Softball, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Katelyn Graben's goal 3:16 into the second overtime gave Mississippi State (3-3-0) a 2-1 victory over Rice (3-2-1). It was her third goal of the season, and second game-winner.

"We played a great second half," said MSU head coach Neil MacDonald. "Rice was getting tired, and we really took over the game. We were organized in the back. I thought our center back and our left and right back were outstanding today, and that made a big difference."

With the game tied at one, Bethany Frazier lobbed a pass up the middle of the field. Both Graben and Rice goalkeeper Meghan Erkel converged on the ball, with Graben reaching it first, knocking it past Erkel and into the net for the winning goal.

Rice wasted no time getting on the board. Just over two minutes into the game, Erin Scott got the ball in traffic, and passed it to Kate Edwards, who put the ball into the left corner for the quick 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs' first scoring chance came six minutes later. Rice tried clearing the ball, but it went right to Heather Buttrey, who fired a shot over the net.

Late in the half, Katelyn Graben had two chances to tie the game. With just over ten minutes left, she dribbled down the right side, beat the defender, and fired a shot on net. But, Rice goalkeeper Meghan Erkel made the diving the save. Four minutes later, she flipped the ball past the defender, and then beat Erkel to it. But, her shot went just wide, and Rice held a 1-0 lead at the half.

Edwards was inches from scoring her second goal of the match 15 minutes into the second half. After MSU cleared a corner kick, Edwards fired a shot that hit off the crossbar and fell into the arms of State netminder Taryn Holland.

Rice almost made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute. Forward Erin Scott dribbled down the right side, and took a point blank shot right at Holland, who made the save. Scott picked up the rebound, and again tried to put it past Holland, but this time she made the diving save, keeping it a 1-0 game.

State finally broke through in the 84th minute. After a Rice foul, Bethany Frazier sent her free kick toward the net, where Jessica Davis was waiting. The senior headed the ball into the left corner, tying the match and sending it into overtime.

MSU was in complete control in overtime. Treena Ferguson passed to Bethany Frazier, who sent a cross towards the front of the net. Ashley Hood headed the ball on goal, but Erkel made the diving save.

Mississippi State returns to action next week when they host North Florida on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. (CT) before traveling to face Memphis on Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m. (CT). Admission to all MSU soccer games is free, and fans can also follow all the action live at

STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State softball got strong pitching and timely hitting performances on at the MSU Fall Softball Tournament, defeating both Alabama-Huntsville and Wallace State, 3-2.

MSU pitchers only gave up ten hits on the day. Kelsey Nurnberg threw a complete game four-hitter versus UAH, striking out four to earn the victory. Against Wallace State, Misty Flesher and Jessie Bailey struck out four, while allowing just six hits.

State batters hit .308 (16-52) on the day, led by sophomore catcher Chelsea Bramlett. The all-American was 4-7 (.547) on the day with one run. Freshman Ali Bainbridge was also 2-3 with a run and an RBI.

In the first game, UAH scored twice in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. But, the Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth inning, and then won the game in the seventh won Beth Lawson's throwing error allowed Chelsea Bramlett to come around with the winning run.

Versus WSCC, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Courtney Nesbit's RBI single. Wallace State tied the game in the top of the sixth, but MSU scored twice in the bottom half to take a 3-1 lead. WSCC got one back in the seventh, but that's as close as they got.

Mississippi State continues its fall schedule next Sunday, September 23 when they host Arkansas Tech and East Mississippi Community College at 1 p.m. (CT) and 3 p.m. (CT).

Women's Tennis
OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi State junior Daniela Juskova claimed the singles title in the White Draw of the Ole Miss Fall Classic Sunday. On the doubles side, Lady Bulldogs Martina Banikova and Radka Ferancova paired to claim the Blue Consolation Draw crown.

"I am very pleased with the way the team played today" said head coach Tracy Lane. "Juskova had a really good tournament in singles. Overall, I am just really pleased with how the team ended today."

In the finals of the White Draw, Juskova took on a tough competitor in Stephanie Viera from Troy. In the end, Juskova defeated Viera 6-3, 6-0. In the Red Draw, Renée Joseph dropped a hard-fought match to Arkansas State's Maria Opera 6-2, 7-6.

In doubles action, Banikova and Ferancova took on Opera and Renee Branker of South Alabama in the finals of the Blue Consolation Draw, registering an 8-4 victory.

Mississippi State's next action comes in the Roberta Alison Fall Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept, 28-30.

Men's Tennis
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After claiming a doubles title on Friday and a successful day Saturday in singles, MSU senior and 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux capped a successful weekend on Sunday by claiming the singles title of the Championship Flight at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational.

Frayssinoux, a native of Plasir, France, topped 76th-ranked Marc Rocafort of Middle Tennesse State 6-0, 6-1 in the finals to move to 3-0 in singles for the year.

The only other Bulldog in action Sunday was junior Ryan Farlow. A Madison, Miss., native, Farlow topped Dusan Milanovic of Morehead State 6-0, 6-1 before completing his day with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Leandro Tolosa-Zanklusen of Austin Peay State in the A2 Consolation Flight.

"We closed out a pretty successful weekend today with some good wins," said MSU head coach Per Nilsson. "We had some positives and negatives but we have something to build on now as we continue through the fall season."

State's next action will come next weekend as they travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the Southern Intercollegiate. Play will begin Sept. 21 and will run through Sept. 24 on the University of Georgia campus.

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