News from MSU Media Relations--September 23

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

Men's Tennis
ATHEN, Ga. - Mississippi State junior Chris Doerr and sophomore Tanner Stump dropped their title match in Division II doubles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships on Monday morning.

Despite a competitive effort, Doerr and Stump fell to Chris Welte and Freddy Prandecki of North Carolina State, 8-4.

Doerr and Stump took their first four matches in the Division II bracket of the event.

The MSU netmen will resume fall play on October 11 at the Hammond Future in Hammond, La.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State catcher Chelsea Bramlett added another honor to her impressive resume on Monday, being selected the top catcher in Division I softball for the 2008 season by Diamond Sports and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Cordova, Tenn., native earned first team all-SEC and all-America honors last season after tallying the second-highest batting average in school history (.450) and tying her single-season stolen base record (46-of-50). Bramlett, who started all but three of the team's games behind the plate, added three doubles, three triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs and a team-best 52 runs for an MState squad that finished 41-22 and earned a seventh NCAA regional berth.

Defensively, the first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American compiled a .993 fielding percentage which rates as the fourth-highest in a season in school history. She also threw out 71-percent of would-be base stealers.

Her stellar sophomore season built on an impressive rookie year in which she earned NFCA all-America honors and SEC Freshman of the Year after hitting .386 with nine doubles, a home run and 18 RBIs.

"It's unusual for someone to come in and dominate the way Chelsea has during her first two seasons," Bulldog head coach Jay Miller said. "She did an outstanding job handling our pitchers last year, and offensively she can do so many different things. There's no one in the country that's faster than she is. She can steal bases and hit for power and average. She's an offensive catalyst for us, and it's nice to see her being recognized as being the top Division I catcher in the country."

Bramlett joins former all-American Keri McCallum as the only Bulldogs to win the award. McCallum earned the honor after leading the 2000 squad to a school-record 44 wins and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Diamond Sports and the NFCA present the catcher of the year award annually to the top catcher from NFCA member schools in the following divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; NJCAA Divisions I, II and III; Cal JC, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and high school.

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