News from MSU Media Relations--April 15

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State freshman pitcher Misty Flesher has been named the Southeastern Conference's Softball Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Flesher picked up two of MSU's three victories at South Carolina to move her record to 15-7, the second-most victories by a rookie in school history.

The native of Lone Grove, Okla., compiled a 0.42 ERA last week as she allowed one run on 13 hits with 15 strikeouts and just two walks over 16 and two-thirds innings. She opened the week by tossing the final three and two-thirds against Mississippi in Ridgeland, giving up just four hits.

She opened MSU's three-game SEC series at South Carolina by tossing a five-hit shutout as the Bulldogs claimed a 1-0 victory. After helping MState to the series-opening victory on Saturday, she closed out the weekend allowing a run on four hits with seven strikeouts on Sunday as State claimed a 9-1 victory to sweep the three-game set.

"Misty had an outstanding week. She came in and dominated, which was key in helping us pick up two big wins on the road," Bulldog head coach Jay Miller said. "She was consistent from Saturday to Sunday, and that is something she has struggled with at times this season. This weekend was a big step for her and our team, and it's nice to see her get recognized for such an outstanding effort."

It is the second league freshman of the week honor for her and the third for State this season. She earned the award on Feb. 17, and Courtney Nesbit received the accolade following State's four victories over Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Mar. 17-23.

Flesher has compiled a 1.88 ERA this season, giving up 36 runs, 34 earned, while striking out a team-best 99 and walking 22 over a team second-most 126 and two-thirds innings.

Flesher and the Bulldogs return to Ridgeland, Miss., on Thursday, taking on the United States Olympic Team in an exhibition game at 6:30 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park. Tickets for the game are available online at for $12 and at the gate for $15. The game will also be broadcast live on WMSV 91.1 and online at

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