News from MSU Media Relations--March 25

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball and Men's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State first baseman/designated player Courtney Nesbit has been named the Southeastern Conference Softball Freshman of the Week for the week of Mar. 17-23, the league announced Monday.

Nesbit earned the accolade after hitting a team-high .600 (6-for-10) during State's mid-week victory over Southern Mississippi and a three-game SEC series sweep of Mississippi. Starting one game at first base and two others at designated player, Nesbit drove in five runs over the four-game stretch.

"Courtney had a great week offensively for us," MState head coach Jay Miller said. "She had some very good at-bats for us, so it's really nice for her to be honored for her efforts. We are looking for big things from Courtney down the road, and hopefully this is just the start of what she will do for us."

The Acworth, Ga., native drove in a season-high three runs on 2-for-3 hitting and recorded her first collegiate double as she drew her inaugural start at first base against USM on Tuesday. She followed that with a 2-for-3 outing in the series-opener against Mississippi.

Nesbit helped MSU (26-9, 4-5 SEC) to a series sweep of the Rebels on Saturday, notching a pair of hits and driving in two more runs. With State trailing 2-1 with two outs in the second inning, she plated the tying run with her RBI single down the line in right field. Nesbit picked up her second hit of the game as she capped a three-run sixth inning with a base hit to center field.

Nesbit's honor is the second freshman of the week honor for the Bulldogs as Misty Flesher earned the distinction on Feb. 18. Sophomore Chelsea Bramlett was named SEC Player of the Week following the opening week of the campaign.

The 21st-ranked Bulldogs close out a six-game road trip Wednesday, traveling to Baton Rouge to challenge No. 10 LSU in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

Men's Golf
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State men's golf team is in third place in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate after two rounds of play at the par 72 Herron Lakes Country Club in Mobile, Ala. After firing rounds of 293 and 301 the Bulldogs are one shot back from second place Tennessee-Chattanooga.

MSU junior Matt Fast leads all individuals through two rounds with fellow classmate Noah Goldman tied for fifth. Fast was in the lead after his 3-under-par showing in round one and maintained the lead following his 1-over-par 73 in round two. The Hattiesburg, Miss.-native holds a two stroke lead over Derek Fathauer of Louisville. Goldman shot even par in round one and notched a 3-over-par 75 in round two, to be tied for fifth after day one. Senior Josh Oller is 7-over-par after two rounds and is tied for 17th. Junior Carlos Sainz, Jr., trails Oller by three strokes and is tied for 29th, with junior Josh Bevell trailing by one stroke at 11-over-par and tied for 34th going into the final round of play.

Senior Jake Lambert, junior Logan Young and freshman Brad Thompson all competed as individuals at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. Young is tied for 47th and shot consistent rounds of 78 and 79 on day one, followed by Lambert who shot a 166-two round score and Thompson trailing Lambert by two strokes with a 168 through two rounds.

Louisville holds an eight stroke lead over Tennessee-Chattanooga followed by Mississippi State and Memphis is in a close fourth being one stroke shy of MSU's two round score. Host-school South Alabama is in fifth followed by Southern Mississippi, Eastern Michigan, Xavier University and South Florida tied for eighth, Hartford, Mercer and Davidson.

Tournament play will be concluded on Tuesday with the first tee time scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

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