News from MSU Media Relations--October 4

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Baseball, Men's Tennis, Men's Golf and Cross Country.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Baseball Bulldogs kick off a full slate of Homecoming weekend athletics activities on the MSU campus Friday afternoon with the annual Maroon/White baseball game at Dudy Noble Field. State's rookies will challenge the veterans in the annual fall scrimmage, set to begin at 4 p.m. and last 11 innings. There is no charge for admission.

All 18 primary pitchers on the Bulldogs' 50-player fall roster are scheduled to pitch in the Maroon-White game.

Mississippi State returns 20 lettermen from last year's 38-22 edition that took runner-up honors in the SEC Western Division and swept Clemson in the NCAA Starkville Super Regional en route to the school's eighth appearance in the prestigious College World Series. The returnees include sophomore All-American second baseman Brandon Turner of Cleveland, Tenn., whose .399 batting average was the second-highest in the Southeastern Conference in 2007.

In addition to baseball, the weekend sports menu on campus includes a pair of Southeastern Conference soccer matches (Friday vs. Alabama at 7 p.m. and Sunday vs. Auburn at 1 p.m.) at the MSU soccer field, an alumni softball game (Friday at 7 p.m.) at the MSU softball field) and Saturday's 1:30 p.m. Homecoming football game against UAB at Scott Field/Davis Wade Stadium.

2007 MSU Homecoming Weekend Sports Schedule

Friday, October 5
Baseball --- Maroon/White Game (Dudy Noble Field, 4 p.m.)
Softball --- MSU Softball Alumni Game (MSU softball field, 7 p.m.)
Soccer --- MSU vs. Alabama (MSU soccer field, 7 p.m.)

Saturday, October 6
Football --- MSU vs. UAB (Scott Field, 1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, October 7
Soccer --- MSU vs. Auburn (MSU soccer field, 1 p.m.)

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior Philippe Frayssinoux will begin play Thursday in the main draw of the Polo Ralph Lauren ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Frayssinoux will open up play with 39th-ranked Alex Skrypko of Southern Methodist University at 11:30 a.m. CT. at the Michael D. Chase Tennis Complex on the University of Tulsa campus.

Frayssinoux, a native of Plasir, France, is currently ranked 40th nationally and is making his second consecutive appearance at the All-American. Last season, Frayssinoux fought his way through qualifying by defeating three ranked opponents to advance to the main draw.

Through two tournaments this season, Frayssinoux has jumped out to an impressive 8-1 start. To open the season, Frayssinoux went 3-0 at the Blue Raider Invitational to claim the singles crown and won three matches with Bulldog Pjotr Necajev to win the doubles title. The MSU senior followed by putting together some of the best performances of his collegiate career at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships. In a string of five consecutive wins over ranked opponents, including a victory of the nation's fourth-ranked player, Frayssinoux advanced to the finals of the South's oldest and most prestigious fall tournament.

"This is a huge opportunity for Philippe to showcase his talents against the best players in the nation," said MSU head coach Per Nilsson. "It will be a good test for him and I look forward to seeing what he can do."

The ITA All-American Championships are the first collegiate major events of the season. With Frayssinoux's appearance on Thursday, MSU has now had at least one qualifier in singles or doubles for the main draw in 64 of the last 70 major collegiate events dating back to 1988.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State and Ole Miss men's golf teams will face off in the Third Annual Magnolia Cup on Friday Oct. 5 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. Joining in the one-round event will be 18 golf supporters from each school, who will compete alongside current Bulldog and Rebel golfers. The match between the rival schools will begin at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

MSU and Ole Miss will each play a six-man line up, counting the four lowest scores from the six to go towards their team score. The Magnolia Cup serves as a fundraising event to support both schools golf programs. The one-day event was able to raise approximately $10,000 for the programs last year. The Camron Cup is the prize claimed by the winner of the college format, while the Magnolia Cup is the trophy claimed by the winner of the supporting alumni team. In the inaugural event, UM claimed the Camron Cup, beating the hosting Bulldogs by two strokes. Last year, the Bulldogs retaliated by posting a 287, beating their in-state rivals by nine strokes. Junior Noah Goldman claimed last year's individual title, notching a 68 on the day. MSU's alumni supporters have been victorious in both outings, claiming both Magnolia Cups for the host school.

MSU has played in one tournament thus far, posting a top 10 finish at the Scenic City Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. MState competed in the 17-team field, where finishing in a three-way tie for sixth, including UM.

Junior Josh Bevell, not only competed in his first Division I tournament this season, but was the top Bulldog finisher as the former walk-on finished in a tie for 17th amongst the individual leaders. Also, returning to action this season is redshirt senior Josh Oller. The former GCAA Academic all-American is returning from a medical redshirt season, and was able to help the Bulldogs in their top 10 finish in their first tournament of the fall season.

Ole Miss opened the season at the Scenic City Invitational, where they tied for sixth place. The Rebels are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. Their top five finish was boosted by junior Jesse Speirs, who earned his first top 10 finish as a Rebel after firing rounds of 72-72-73 tying for seventh.

Friday's dual at Old Waverly mark's the sixth meeting between MState and UM in match play competition with MState holding the series advantage at 3-2.

Old Waverly Golf Club plays to a par-72 and 7,000-yard championship style set up. The course has played host to the 1999 U.S. Women's Open, 2006 Women's Mid-Amateur, and the 2007 SEC Women's Golf Championships. It has also been credited by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 courses in the United States.

Fans are encouraged to come out and support a collegiate golf tradition in the making at one of the premier golf courses in the state. Admission is free.

Cross Country
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State's women's cross country jumped three spots to take a ninth place ranking in the latest United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association's regional rankings, released on Wednesday by the organization. The men's squad rose one spot to take seventh place.

State is one of seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the poll this week. Last week, MState placed 12th at the Notre Dame Invitational.

The ninth-place ranking is the highest the Lady Bulldogs have received this year. The State women are also one of seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in this week's poll.

Both squads return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, taking part in the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.

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