BATON ROUGE, La. - Freshman Mallory Batson shot a 75 and stands in a tie for 15th place as she led MSU in the first round of the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic on Friday. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs sit in 15th after an opening-round 315.
Batson, a Gadsden, Ala., native, is coming off a career-best tie for ninth at the Qdoba Invitational and is looking for her second straight top-10 finish. Julia Huh carded a 78 on the opening day and is tied for 46th after round one. Erika Thornton is tied for 61st after a round of 79 while Jillian Jones and Suzanne Stanley both shot rounds of 83 to close out scoring for MSU.
"We were disappointed in the way we finished today," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "We were 14-over through 14 holes and in the middle of the pack and finished going 13-over in the final four holes. We faced some tough wind conditions in those final holes but we still have to find a way to fight through that. We just have to come back out tomorrow and start with a fresh slate."
Florida State shot a 293 as a team to capture the lead after the first round. The Seminoles hold a seven shot lead over host-LSU heading into Saturday's second round. FSU's Whitney Wright and Laura Crawford of Wake Forest are tied for the individual lead at two-under par.
MSU will begin play Saturday with an 8:45 a.m. CT tee time on hole 10. Sunday's final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's tennis team will conclude its current road swing and its regular season non-conference slate Saturday, as the Bulldogs travel to Reno, Nev., to face the University of Nevada. Match time is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.
The Bulldogs, ranked 39th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's poll, are coming off a 4-3 win Wednesday against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. State is 6-5 overall this season and have won two straight matches. MSU's 32nd-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux, junior Ryan Farlow and freshman Antonio Lastre have won two straight heading into Saturday's match. The Bulldogs are just one win shy of matching last season's win total and have already matched the win total of two seasons ago.
Nevada enters Saturday's matchup with a 2-7 overall record which includes wins over Gonzaga and Utah State. The Wolfpack is lead by sophomore Laurent Garcin who is 7-1 in dual match play this season.
In the first meeting ever by the two programs last season in Reno, MSU dropped a 4-3 decision to Nevada. Following Saturday's match, State will return home to host Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina Friday, March 21.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis team travels to Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, March 15, to meet up with Indiana State in a non-conference contest. The match with the Sycamores is set for 11 a.m. CT.
MSU enters this weekend's action with a 6-5 overall record. Earlier this week, State defeated the 74th-ranked Panthers of Eastern Illinois 7-0 in Gulf Shores, Ala., to start their spring break tour in south Alabama.
The match versus Indiana State will serve as the first-ever meeting between the two schools. MSU women's tennis is 0-1 all-time against schools from Indiana with their only loss coming to Indiana in a matchup in 1990 in Bloomington, Ind.
"It is going to be a tough match," said head coach Tracy Lane. "Indiana State is a good team. This is a match we need to win and to do that we need to play our best."
Following Saturday's action, the Lady Bulldogs will jump back into Southeastern Conference action with a road trip to Columbia, S.C., where they will play 33rd-ranked South Carolina next Friday, March 21, at 12 p.m. CT. Then, on Easter Sunday, MSU will be back at home to host the third-ranked Florida Gators at 1 p.m. CT at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State track and field squads head to south Mississippi on Saturday, March 15, taking part in the Southern Mississippi Invitational. The meet is being held at the Marshall Bell Track and Field Complex on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. CT for both squads.
At last weekend's Jaguar Premier at the University of South Alabama, the Bulldogs were impressive, capturing five NCAA regional qualifying marks and five individual titles.
In the 200-meter dash, the Bulldogs grabbed three qualifying marks and swept the top four spots. Senior Jamil Hubbard took top honors in the event, finishing in a personal-best 20.92 seconds. MSU also captured four out of five spots in the 400-meter dash.
In distance events, freshman Matthew Cameron crossed the line in first place for MState in the 800-meter run with his personal-best time of 1:55.10.
The Bulldogs swept both relay events, notching NCAA qualifying marks in both relays. In the 4x100-meter relay, the tandem of junior John Bailey, freshman Justin Christian, Hubbard and sophomore Kendall May took first place, finishing in 40.37. Bailey, Hubbard, freshman Emanuel Mayers and senior Chris Woods received their qualifying mark for their first place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, crossing the line in 3:09.30.
Freshman Ed Wesela participated in the shot put, winning in the event with his personal-best throw of 51 feet, one inch.
This will be the first outdoor meet of the season for the Lady Bulldogs.
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The Mississippi State men's golf team is in ninth place after the first round on Friday at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga. The Bulldogs shot a 5-over-par, 293 at the par-72 Reynolds Plantation.
Senior Josh Oller leads the way for MState posting a 3-under-par 69, which included a team-high four birdies and the team's only eagle of the day on the 436-yard, par-4 hole 12. The Brandon, Miss-native is in a tie for seventh among the individual field. Junior Noah Goldman is in the top 20 after his 1-under-par showing through round one. The Longwood, Fla.-native was consistent with par through the first 10 holes before notching a bogey, but finished strong with two birdies to close out the round. Junior Matt Fast was 3-under-par through six holes, but finished the round at 2-over-par with a 74. Carlos Sainz, Jr. notched a 79 through the first round followed by junior Logan Young, who was making his first appearance for MState this spring, finished the first round with an 80 for 8-over-par.
The 14-team field includes seven teams ranked among the top 50. In-state rival Mississippi is in first place through round one with an 11-under-par showing. Chattanooga trails in a close second after their 10-under-par showing with SEC-foe Georga and Georgia State in a tie for third at 4-under-par. Kennesaw State closed out the top five at 3-under-par. Eastern Michigan is in sixth place at 1-over-par followed by Clemson and host-school Mercer at 4-over-par. Texas Tech, Memphis, South Alabama, Michigan and Purdue round out the field.
MSU will resume play on Saturday, March 15 at 9:10 CST. Live stats will be available on www.GolfSat.com.