News from MSU Media Relations--May 30

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

Men's Golf
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Round three at the NCAA Championship has been suspended due to the weather conditions. Half of the 30-team field completed their round but the remaining half, which included the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who were in 27th place when play was suspended. Play will resume with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and the top 15 will immediately advance into the fourth round at 11 a.m.

MSU trails the University of Oregon by one stroke while maintain a one stroke lead over the University of Virginia. Junior Carlos Sainz, Jr. is the current MState leader in round three with a 1-over-par through 11 holes, which includes two birdies. He also is in a tie for 43rd place overall in the individual standings. Junior Noah Goldman fell from the Bulldogs leader position after posting a 7-over-par through 10 holes in round three. Junior Matt Fast is currently 3-over-par through 12 holes, while senior Josh Oller and junior Josh Bevell are each at 8-over-par.

Live stats will be available for the remainder of the third round at www.MStateAthletics.com.


Track & Field
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mississippi State's opening day at the 2008 Mideast Track and Field Regional saw seven of eight individuals competing in preliminaries and both relay squads advance to Saturday's finals. Those finals take place tomorrow at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus.

"We had an absolute fabulous day," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt. "I am more than ecstatic. Top to bottom, this is the best regional we've ever had. Our coaches have done a great job with these athletes and Mississippi State should be proud. Tomorrow, we need to stand up to our finishes and qualify for the NCAA meet."

In the women's long jump, junior Marrissa Harris leaped a personal-best 21-00 ½ to take fourth in the event. The mark is the second best in school history. Wendy Copeland finished eighth, jumping a personal-best 20-05 ¼, the school's third-best mark.

In the first appearance at the regional meet by a Lady Bulldog relay team, LaQuinta Aaron, Harris, Bridgett Rose and Priscilla Gaines posted the eighth-best time in the 4x100-meter relay, running 45.64 seconds to qualify for Saturday's 5 p.m. CT final.

Kendall May, O'Neal Wilder, Jamil Hubbard and Emmanuel Mayers ran an event-best 39.75 in the 4x100-meter relay to win the first heat. By virtue of the heat win and top qualifying time, the team advances to Saturday's final scheduled for a 5:10 p.m. CT start.

Harris advanced to the 100-meter hurdles final at 5:45 p.m. CT Saturday by breaking her school record in the event. Harris crossed the line second in her heat, running 13.09 seconds. It was the sixth fastest qualifying time overall. In the men's 100-meter dash, May ran a personal-best 10.24 (w+) to finish eighth and advance to the Saturday 6:10 p.m. final.

In the men's 400-meter dash, Wilder won the second heat of the event, running 46.31. Senior Jamil Hubbard won the fourth heat with the event's second fastest time of 46.29. That event final is set for Saturday at 6:20 p.m. CT.

Both Golden Coachman (1:48.54) and Chris Woods (1:48.78) advanced to the 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday final. Coachman won the event's first heat and finished second overall, while Woods crossed the line second in heat two and posted the fifth fastest time. Mayers took second in the third heat of the men's 400-meter hurdles, finishing eighth overall with a time of 51.47.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, Aaron ran an illegal wind-aided 13.66 to finish 22nd, while Rose ran 13.77 to finish 25th overall. Kyle Roberts ran a season-best 51.59 to finish ninth in the preliminaries of the men's 400-meter dash. Gaines finished 14th in the long jump, leaping 19-11 ½.

The top five finishers in each event and top three relay teams advance to the 2008 NCAA Track and Field National Championships, June 11-14, in Des Moines, Iowa.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State sophomore Chelsea Bramlett has added another all-America accolade to her impressive resume, being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Softball First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bramlett, the first team catcher, is the fourth Bulldog to be selected to receive the all-America honor and the first player since 2004. The Cordova, Tenn., native earned the honor after being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) All-America first team for the second straight season on Wednesday.

"This is a great honor for Chelsea, our softball program and Mississippi State University," MState head coach Jay Miller said. "This is a very distinct and select team that is chosen each year, and it is an honor for her to be named to it. Chelsea had an outstanding season, and this award is well-deserved for her work on the field and in the classroom."

A first team All-SEC selection and one of 25 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year, Bramlett paced MSU at the plate while also tallying a 3.82 grade-point average in physical education. She tallied a school second-best and NCAA 10th-best .450 batting average in her second season with the Maroon & White. Her 90 hits were tops among the Southeastern Conference, and she scored a league fifth-best 52 runs.

Bramlett matched the single-season school stolen base record she set last year, swiping 46 bases in 50 attempts for a Bulldog squad that stole a school-record 126 bases on the year. Her stolen base mark placed her second in the SEC and fifth in the nation. She also added three doubles, three triples and 25 RBI for an MSU squad that claimed 40 wins for the second time in school history (41-22) and advanced to the program's seventh NCAA Regional.

She was one of three players from the conference to earn first team honors, joining pitcher Stacey Nelson from Florida and outfielder Lillian Hammond of Tennessee. Six players from the league were named to the three squads.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Spaces still remain for Mississippi State's summer softball camps that begin June 9 and run through the summer on the State campus. Registration for the camps is available online by going to www.mstateathletics.com and clicking the softball and camps links.

Complete information on the four summer camps, which will feature instruction from head coach Jay Miller and the remainder of the Bulldog coach staff which guided the 2008 squad to 41 wins, the second-most in school history, and advanced to the program's seventh NCAA Regional and fifth in Miller's six seasons as head coach. This season's MState softball edition also set school records for batting average (.311) and stolen bases (126).

Additional information on MSU's softball camps and printed copies of the registration form can be obtained by contacting associate head coach Annie Smith by phone at (662) 325-0572 or via e-mail at asmith@athletics.msstate.edu.

The camps open June 9-11 with the Youth Day Camp, which is available for children ages 12 and under. A two-day camp for pitchers and catchers will follow on June 16-17, and the annual hitting camp will be held June 18-19. State's summer camps conclude July 14-17 with the annual Elite Skills Camp.

The youth day camp features three days packed with softball drills, games and fun. The camp staff will work with campers on all aspects of the game from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

The pitching and catching camp, open to ages 10 and up, will work participants through a variety of drills and station work during the two-day period. The camp is designed to provide intensive instruction for both aspects of the battery, and it will allow athletes to work in an individualized manner on improving their pitching and catching skills.

Also open to ages 10 and up, the hitting camp includes two full days of hitting skills and drills that focus on developing campers into better all-around hitters. The camp builds from the fundamentals of hitting to the advanced aspects.

The final camp of the summer, the elite camp, covers all aspects of the game, including mechanics, skills and dozens of drills. Open to ages 12 and up, the elite camp teaches advanced skills and offers the opportunity to scrimmage each day. Athletes will also have the opportunity to work with some of the top coaches in Mississippi and the nation, as well as current and former Mississippi State softball players.


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