News from MSU Media Relations--April 8

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State softball team hits the road Tuesday, traveling to Ridgeland, Miss., to meet in-state rival Mississippi in a non-conference match-up at Freedom Ridge Park. First pitch between the two teams is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs enter the mid-week showdown with a 32-14 overall mark, while the Rebels own a 16-22 overall mark. The meeting will be the fourth this season between the two teams, as MSU swept the season conference series three weeks ago in Oxford.

It will be the fourth straight meeting between the two squads in the Capital City area, with the Rebels owning a 2-1 advantage in games played at Freedom Ridge Park. MState holds a 26-15 overall lead in the series, having claimed the last five meetings.

Chelsea Bramlett leads the MSU offense into the showdown with the Rebels. Bramlett bumped her average to .448 after hitting .625 with an RBI, two runs scored and four stolen bases against Kentucky and third-ranked Florida. Bramlett moved closer to her school single-season stolen base record, standing just eight shy with 38 on the year. The Cordova, Tenn., native, who extended her hit streak to nine games last week, has driven in 23 runs while scoring a team-high 40 times.

Courtney Bures enters the week with a .372 average. The senior from Haymarket, Va., native tops the squad in RBI (31) and doubles (10). Fellow senior Hayle Guess extended her hit streak to a career-best 13 games last week as he hit .357 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Guess, who is hitting .313 on the year, leads the team with five home runs while standing second in RBI (28) and runs (30).

State has been led in the circle this season by freshman Misty Flesher and junior Kelsey Nurnberg. Both tossed three-hit shutouts last week as MSU swept a two-game SEC series with Kentucky. Nurnberg has claimed a team-best 15 victories on the season with 81 strikeouts. Flesher has put together a 13-7 mark and has struck out team-leading 84 over 110 innings of work.

Tuesday's game will be the first of two for MSU in Ridgeland. State will return to Freedom Ridge Park on Apr. 17 for an exhibition game with the United States Olympic Team as part of the squad's "Bound 4 Beijing" tour.

State travels to Columbia, S.C., this weekend to meet South Carolina in a three-game league series.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University head men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday that Bulldog sophomore guard Ben Hansbrough has decided to transfer following his spring semester at MSU.

"Ben is a good kid and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," Stansbury said.

A 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Poplar Bluff, Mo., Hansbrough was MState's fourth-leading scorer this past season at 10.5 points per contest. Having started 28 games for Stansbury's 23-11 NCAA Tournament squad in 2007-08, Hansbrough tied for the team lead with 62 made three-point field goals in shooting 36 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Along with leading the SEC West champion Bulldogs in free throw percentage (.789) this past year, Hansbrough ranked as the club's third-leading playmaker with 77 assists (2.6 apg) while also averaging 3.8 rebounds an outing.

Women's Golf
Miami Lakes, Fla. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad shot a 301 in the first round of the Canes and Cardinal Classic Monday on a rain-shortened first day of action at the Don Shula Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Fla. The second round, also scheduled for Monday, was cut short and will be resumed Tuesday morning.

Senior Julia Huh shot a 74 and is tied for 18th as she led State in the first round. Other individual results were not available.

Louisville was the team leader after the first round as they shot a 4-under par 284. They lead the field by nine strokes heading into the second round. Following the conclusion of the second round on Tuesday, the third and final round will be played.

Men's Golf
MADISON, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's golf team is in 11th place after firing rounds of 291 and 294 in day one of the Bank of America Intercollegiate. Mstate stands at 9-over-par after the first two rounds and is 22 strokes behind first place Tennessee-Chattanooga and LSU.

MSU junior leads the Bulldogs at even-par through two rounds, notching rounds of 71 and 73 and is tied for 21st after day one. Fellow classmate Carlos Sainz, Jr. trails Bevell by one stroke and is tied for 23rd that includes a team-high 7 birdies. Junior Matt Fast is 3-over-par with rounds of 73 and 74 followed by Noah Goldman who is 5-over-par. Senior Josh Oller rounds out the Bulldog lineup with his 6-over-par showing in day one. Senior Jake Lambert competed as an individual and is 10-over-per after rounds of 74 and 80.

MSU will tee off the final round at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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