News from MSU Media Relations--October 15

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball, Soccer/Volleyball, Football and Women's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior Chelsea Bramlett went 4-for-6 at the plate and sophomore Ali Bainbridge drove in three runs as the Bulldog softball team wrapped up a perfect fall slate with 2-1 and 9-6 wins over Shelton State Community College Tuesday night at the MSU Softball Field.

Bramlett, a two-time NFCA all-American, went 2-for-3 in both outings to finish the fall with a .462 batting average. Bainbridge, a Vestavia Hills, Ala., native, drove in a run with her lone hit in the opener before plating a pair of runs on a 2-for-4 outing in the nightcap.

Senior Kelsey Nurnberg notched the win in the day's first game as she allowed a run on just two hits while striking out four over four innings. Sophomore Elizabeth Woolven struck out three through a perfect final three innings to pick up her second save of the fall.

The duo got all the offensive help they would need in the first inning. Bramlett singled, stole second, and scored on Bainbridge's single to right field. Freshman Ka'ili Smith reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on junior Jessie Bailey's fielder's choice that retired Bainbridge at third. Smith put State up 2-0 as she came home on sophomore Brittany Bell's RBI single.

State continued the early offense in the second game, plating six runs in the opening frame. Bramlett was hit by a pitch to lead-off the game, and after stealing second and third, she scored on sophomore Allie Heon's triple to the wall in right-center.

Bainbridge followed with a base hit that scored Heon and extended the MState lead to 2-0. After Bainbridge was thrown out stealing, the Bulldogs loaded the bases as Smith walked, senior Sammie Jo Bailey reached on an error in left field and Bell beat out a bunt single. Jessie Bailey scored Smith and her sister Sammie Jo with a single up the middle, and Laurie Siebert capped the six-run frame with her sacrifice fly that plated Bell after she moved to third on a Jessie Spain single.

Shelton State cut into the lead with a Madison Fuller lead-off home run in the fourth. The run would be the only one that freshman Lindsey Dunlap would allow in picking up the win. The Hueytown, Ala., native struck out six and scattered four hits over five innings. Woolven surrendered three unearned runs over an inning, and Nurnberg tossed the final frame, allowing two runs on as many hits.

State answered Fuller's home run with a three-run fifth inning that would prove to be the decisive runs after Shelton tacked on five more runs over the final two innings. Siebert, hitting for freshman Brittany Gates, reached on an error by the Shelton shortstop to start the inning. Gates retuned to run and moved to second on a Bramlett base hit before scoring on a Heon single. Bramlett and Heon advanced to third and second, respectively, on a throwing error, and Bramlett touched home on a Bainbridge ground-out.

"It was the end to a good fall," Bulldog head coach Jay Miller said. "We were a little sloppy, and that was kind of expected after a hard week of lifting weights. I felt good about what we accomplished in the fall. We did some nice things at the plate and in the circle, and our young players really settled in. We really got a good indication of the areas we need to work on as we prepare for the spring."

Miller's squad opens the 2009 spring campaign Feb. 6-8, hosting Kennesaw State, Iona and Louisiana-Monroe in the Bulldog Round-Robin.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State soccer and volleyball teams are asking fans for their help this weekend in raising awareness of breast cancer during their matches with Georgia this weekend.

The Bulldog soccer team kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend with "Kick for the Cure" Friday night at 7 p.m. The MState volleyball squad will take part in "Dig for the Cure" on Sunday as part of its 1 p.m. match against UGA that will be televised live by FOX Sports Net South.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to both games, and the first 150 fans at each event will receive limited edition Mississippi State Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend t-shirts. MSU players will conduct an autograph session at the conclusion of both the Friday soccer match and the Sunday volleyball match.

Admission to all Mississippi State home soccer and volleyball matches is free.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Tuesday that the 2009 Bulldog football team will open its season Saturday, Sept. 5, against Jackson State University.

The historic match-up between Mississippi State, a member of the Southeastern Conference, and in-state opponent Jackson State, a Division I-AA member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will be each school's season opener. It will be the first football meeting ever between SEC and SWAC institutions, and the first meeting ever between one of the state's SEC schools and any of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The MSU-JSU match-up gives the Bulldogs seven home games in 2009. To accommodate the schedule alteration, the '09 Louisiana Tech home game has been moved to 2012 to ensure seven home games that season as well.

Dates are subject to change and game times will be released at a later date following the announcement of the SEC's pre-season television schedule.


Sept. 12 - at Auburn
SEPT. 26 - LSU

Oct. 3 - at Vanderbilt
Oct. 17 - at Middle Tennessee State
Oct. 31 - at Kentucky

Nov. 21 - at Arkansas

Women's Golf
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Gina Sharp finished play at the Starmount Forest Country Club with a score of 229 atop the MSU women's golf team and finished tied for 19th overall individually. As a team, Mississippi State wrapped up competition in 14th.

Sophomore Mallory Batson fell just one stroke shy of the team lead with a three-round total of 230 and tied for 22nd individually, while fellow sophomore Erika Thornton fired a 236 to conclude play tied for 44th overall. Senior Jillian Jones recorded a total of 250 while junior Suzanne Stanley notched a 255.

Host UNC-Greensboro tied with East Carolina for team honors at the competition, as each team posted scores of 894 for 42-over-par. UNC-Wilmington finished third, while Georgia State finished 20 shots back at fourth and Florida International claimed the fifth spot. Stacey Miller of Illinois State mounted a final-round comeback to claim the tournament's individual title with a total score of 218 at five-over-par.

Mississippi State's will conclude their fall-season schedule in Auburn, Ala., at the Derby Invitational. The tournament will be held October 24-26 and will be held at the Auburn University Club.

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