News from MSU Media Relations--October 14

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State softball team closes out its fall slate Tuesday afternoon, hosting Shelton State Community College in a doubleheader that gets underway at 4 p.m. at the MSU Softball Field.

Head coach Jay Miller's team has put together a perfect 6-0 mark so far this fall. The Bulldog offense has hit at a .356 clip and out-scored the opposition 56-6.

Freshman Brittany Gates of Houston, Miss., leads MState's bats, hitting .462 with five runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Sophomore Ali Bainbridge enters the fall finale with a .444 average, a double, two triples, three RBIs and six runs scored. Sophomore newcomer Allie Heon tops the squad with 10 RBIs, while junior Chelsea Bramlett is 7-for-7 in stolen bases in addition to sporting a .400 average.

The offense has supplied plenty of support, but the State pitching staff has been dominant during the fall. The Maroon and White hurlers have allowed just six runs, three earned, through the first six games while limiting opponents to a .122 average.

Freshman Lindsey Dunlap and sophomore Elizabeth Woolven have picked up three wins each during the fall. Dunlap, the Alabama 6A Pitcher of the Year from Hueytown High School, has allowed three runs (one earned) while striking out 30 over 16 and one-third innings. Woolven, a Nettleton, Miss., native who also has a save this fall, has surrendered a pair of earned runs and struck out 10. Senior Kelsey Nurnberg has tossed 12 and two-thirds shut-out innings through the first six games, striking out 21 while surrendering just three hits.

Admission to all Mississippi State home softball games is free.

Men's Tennis
HAMMOND, La. - Mississippi State freshman men's tennis player Daniel Sanchez has qualified for the main draw at the Hammond Future in Hammond, La., after defeating Oscar Machuca in straight sets Monday, 6-2, 6-2.

It was the third victory for Sanchez in as many days as he proceeds to main draw competition on Tuesday.

Sophomore Antonio Lastre just missed on qualifying for the main draw, slipping up to Brett Joelson, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the qualifying draw Monday.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's October 25th football game against Middle Tennessee has been selected as part of the Southeastern Conference television package and will be shown on ESPNU, the conference office announced today. Kickoff for the game has been moved to 6 p.m. (CT) to accommodate the telecast.

Mississippi State has had only three previous homecoming contests televised, winning the last such occurrence over LSU in 1999.

The game will mark the first time State has ever appeared on ESPNU. Launched in March of 2005, the ESPN network is distributed to more than 20 million households.

Women's Golf
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Gina Sharp and sophomore Mallory Batson stand tied at 22nd overall individually after two rounds at the Starmount Forest Country Club. Each golfer has recorded a score of 153 after two days of competition, while as a team State ranks tied for 14th with a 631.

Sophomore Erika Thornton has a score of 157 (tied for 43rd overall individually), while senior Jillian Jones has recorded a 168 thus far. Junior Suzanne Stanley rounds out State's scorecard with a 172.

Host UNC-Greensboro passed former leader East Carolina for the lead after two rounds, taking a two-stroke lead. UNC-Wilmington remained at third, three strokes behind the leader, while Georgia State and Florida International round out the tournament's top five. East Carolina's Abby Bools holds a comfortable lead in the individual standings, three strokes ahead of second at 1-over-par.

Mississippi State tees it up beginning at 8:54 a.m. CT on Tuesday for the final round of action.

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