News from MSU Media Relations--March 3

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Track & Field, Softball and Baseball.

Track & Field
BOSTON, Mass. - MSU freshman sprinter D'Angelo Cherry ran an impressive time of 6.52 seconds in the 60-meter dash at the 2009 USATF Indoor Championships on Sunday. Cherry's time broke a 10-year-old American Junior record of 6.56 seconds that was held by Leonard Scott.

Cherry, a Biloxi, Miss., native, finished second overall in a field of all professional Olympic caliber athletes.

"To run 6.52 seconds was exceptional," associate head coach Steve Dudley said. 'He did a wonderful job today."

Mark Jelks (Nike) won the men's 60-meter dash crown, edging Cherry by .01 of a second, running 6.51 seconds. Kendall Stevens (Unattached) rounded out the Top 3 with a time of 6.56 seconds.

Cherry ran 6.57 seconds to win his semi-final heat. He entered the finals with the second fastest time.

Cherry also shattered the MSU school record of 6.60 seconds set Pierre Browne, a mark that has stood since the men stopped competing collegiately in indoor track and field in 2003.

"To shatter a record that was held by one of the greatest sprinters in school history is a big thing," Dudley said. "We are excited about seeing what he can do for us in the outdoor season."

Cherry will open his outdoor season for the Bulldogs on March 7 in Jacksonville, Fla., where he will primarily run the 100-meter dash for the Maroon and White.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Twenty-nine of Mississippi State's regular-season softball games, along with any SEC and NCAA postseason appearances, highlight the schedule of games that will be broadcast live this season on WMSV 91.1 FM.

The broadcast schedule includes every game of the Bulldogs' 2009 Southeastern Conference slate, beginning with State's Mar. 14-15 three-game set with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The schedule also includes the M&F Bank Fastpitch Classic against Ole Miss in Madison on April 1, as well as every possible MState game in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

The games will be aired live on WMSV, the official campus radio station of Mississippi State University. Listeners can also listen to the Bulldogs through a live internet stream at wmsv.msstate.edu.

2009 Mississippi State Softball Radio Broadcast Schedule

Date-Opponent-Time

March 14-at Alabama (DH)-1 p.m.
March 15-at Alabama-1:30 p.m.

March 17-ARKANSAS (DH)-3 p.m.
March 18-ARKANSAS-4 p.m.

March 21-LSU (DH)-1 p.m.
March 22-LSU-1 p.m.

March 28-at Tennessee (DH)-12 p.m.
March 29-at Tennessee-12 p.m.

April 1-# vs. Ole Miss-6:30 p.m.

April 4-at Florida (DH)-12 p.m.
April 5-at Florida-12 p.m.

April 15-at Georgia (DH)-4 p.m.

April 18-SOUTH CAROLINA (DH)-11 a.m.
April 19-SOUTH CAROLINA-1 p.m.

April 22-AUBURN (DH)-3 p.m.

April 24-at Kentucky (DH)-3 p.m.
April 25-at Kentucky-11 a.m.

May 2-OLE MISS (DH)-1 p.m.
May 3-OLE MISS-1 p.m.

May 7-9-*SEC Tournament-TBA

May 15-17-NCAA Regional-TBA

May 22-24-NCAA Super Regional-TBA

May 27-June 3-WCWS (Oklahoma City)-TBA

- All Times Central

- Airtime is 20 minutes prior to first pitch

# - M&F Bank Fastpitch Classic (Madison, Miss.)

* - SEC Tournament (Knoxville, Tenn.)


Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Baseball Bulldogs made their season debut in the national rankings this week, claiming the No. 26 spot in this week's top 30 poll compiled by Tuscon-based Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

State has won five straight games and seven of eight during their just-concluded eight-game home stand. The final game of the home stand and the last game of a three-game weekend series with Nicholls has been declared a "no contest" by the NCAA and will not count as a forfeit win by MSU. After dropping a Saturday twinbill at Dudy Noble Field, Nicholls departed Starkville prior to Sunday's scheduled 1:30 p.m. start.

Seven Southeastern Conference teams are included in this week's Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings, including No. 1 LSU (7-0), No. 2 Georgia (8-0), No. 18 South Carolina (4-0), No. 20 Florida (5-3), No. 21 Ole Miss (3-3), No. 26 Mississippi State (7-1) and No. 29 Kentucky (4-2).

Mississippi State departs early Tuesday for Hawaii and a four-game season-first road series against the Rainbows (3-5). The series begins with 10:35 p.m. (CST) contests Thursday and Friday and concludes with games Saturday at 5:05 p.m. (CST) and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. (CDT).


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