BATON ROUGE, La. - Brittany Rogers' walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh broke up a stellar outing from Mississippi State freshman Misty Flesher as third-ranked Alabama survived a spirited upset bid from the Bulldogs Thursday evening at the 2008 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Baton Rouge.
The loss drops MSU to 40-20 overall, while the Crimson Tide improved to 50-5. State will now wait for Sunday's NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show to see where it will land in next week's field of 64. The selections will be unveiled at 9 p.m. CST on ESPNU.
Flesher allowed the lone run on two hits with a strikeout and four walks as she fell to 19-9 on the year. Flesher had a no-hit bid going until Dani Woods' lead-off single in the decisive seventh.
With Woods at first, Flesher got Ashley Holcombe to pop a bunt up to Jessie Bailey at third base. Pinch-hitter Lauren Parker, who was making her first appearance since Apr. 12, hit a slow roller that Flesher threw away at first, allowing the eventual winning run to advance to third. State intentionally walked Whitney Larsen, and Rogers grounded a sharply-hit ground ball just past the out-stretched glove of Bainbridge at second base.
"It was a tough loss today," MSU head coach Jay Miller said. "We certainly played well enough to win. Misty pitched a great game for us, and you hate to waste a pitching performance like that. We didn't do a very good job of adjusting at the plate, but give a lot of credit to Kelsi Dunne for that. She made the pitches when she had to, and we had some great opportunities with runners in scoring position that we left out there. You ask for opportunities to win, and we didn't take advantage of them today."
Chelsea Bramlett, who earned first team all-SEC honors a night ago, collected a hit and stole a base to move within two of the single-season stolen base record of 46 she set last season. SEC all-freshman team member Ali Bainbridge and Jessie Bailey also added a hit apiece, while Nakita Boyce turned in a triple in her lone hit of the night.
The Bulldogs put together a threat in the top half of the first as Bramlett walked and stole second. Courtney Bures drew a one-out walk, but UA starter Kelsi Dunne got a pop-out and a line-out to end the inning.
Dunne improved to 22-3 as she tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Alabama put up its first threat in the bottom of the fourth as Charlotte Morgan drew a one-out walk and advanced to second when Kellie Eubanks was hit by a pitch. Flesher, however, got out of the jam as Boyce made a diving catch down the line in left to rob Holcombe of an extra-base hit after Woods flew out.
After making the run-saving catch to end the fourth, Boyce led off the fifth and lined a triple, her fourth of the year, to the wall in right-center. With two outs, Bures drew an intentional pass and Guess was walked. Dunne kept the game scoreless as Sammie Jo Bailey hit a hard fly ball right to Woods in left.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team will offer eight camps during the month of June. Complete information can be found by visiting the women's basketball page at www.mstateathletics.com.
Camps feature individual instruction, five-on-five games, three-on-three competition, a free throw competition, a hot shot competition and a three-point shooting contest. The individual camps are open to youth in grades 1-12, while the team camps are open to junior high, high school and AAU teams.
Individual Camp, June 8-11, is for grades 6-12. Each participant receives personalized instruction and coaching with head coach Sharon Fanning and her staff. Individual stations are setup for topics ranging from position work to the fastbreak. This camp is designed to help campers develop their total game.
Available for those in grades 6-12, Position Camp is June 11-12. Campers are divided by age group and each group will receive instruction related to their position, as well as an overview of each position. Some of the areas covered are posting up, perimeter shooting off the dribble and point guard responsibilities.
Shooting Camp, scheduled for June 12-13, is for grades 3-12. Camp instructors evaluate the campers' fundamentals of shooting and offer assistance in shooting layups, jump shots, pivots, three-point shots, hooks and free throws based on their age group division. Campers may opt to participate in both the position and shooting camps.
The second camp offered is the Team Camp from June 19-21. This camp is designed for coaches to teach their system. Teams will play at least nine games and practice courts and videos will be available upon request. In addition, the Shootout Camp will be June 20 and/or 21. This camp gives teams an opportunity to play a minimum of three games in one day. This camp is designed for coaches to teach their system during competitive games.
The Elite Camp, June 22-24, focuses on the advanced, highly-skilled high school player and helps prepare top players for the college game. While prior experience as a varsity starter is strongly recommended, a coach's recommendation is required.
This year's Day Camp for grades 1-6 is set for June 23-26. The Lady Bulldog camp focuses on fundamentals in individual stations, position development and offensive and defensive strategy from one-on-one to five-on-five games. Each day includes personalized instruction with the coaching staff and players.
Please contact director of operations Joey Burton at (662) 325-0198 for more information.