News from MSU Media Relations--April 6

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

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's golf team travels to Madison, Miss., on Monday to compete in the Reunion Intercollegiate at the par 72 Reunion Golf Club.

MState will send a familiar lineup to the intercollegiate with seniors Brian Mason, Matt Fast, Noah Goldman, Josh Bevell and current-team stroke average leader (73.23 strokes per 18 holes), Carlos Sainz, Jr.

"We have several guys that have played at Reunion (Golf Club) and played well there," said Coach Clay Homan. "Hopefully we can use this as an opportunity to get some good momentum going into the SEC tournament."

The Bulldogs are part of a 15 team field that includes UAB, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, UNCG, North Florida, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, as well as SEC-foes Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs will tee off at 8:30 a.m. with two rounds to be played tomorrow and the final round to be played on Tuesday, April 7.

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A banged up Mississippi State men's tennis team was not able to get on the scoreboard Sunday as No. 60 MSU fell to the visiting No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0, in a match where singles play was contested first due to the possibility of inclement weather.

The Bulldogs fell to 5-11 on the season and 1-7 in conference play while UK snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 14-6 this season, 4-4 in conference action.

The Bulldogs found themselves in a quick hole, as they fell down 2-0 early after State junior Chris Doerr dropped a two-set bout at No. 5 to Graeme Dyce of UK, 6-3, 6-2. Shortly following, MSU sophomore Tanner Stump slipped up at No. 6 to Wildcat Alberto Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-2.

The first sets were very close on the remaining four courts, but the Wildcats finally took three of them and eventually tallied another point when UK freshman Eric Quigley down 89th-ranked MSU rookie Artem Ilyushin at No. 2, 6-4, 6-1.

Kentucky clinched the match at the No. 3 spot where Bulldog Louis Cant dropped a tough 7-6(8), 6-2 decision to UK's Brad Cox.

Following the match-clinching point, play was halted as the teams agreed prior to the match that the affair would be suspended once a winner had been determined.

In those two contests, MSU's 88th-ranked Ryan Farlow was leading fifth-ranked Bruno Agostinell of Kentucky, 6-4, 3-3 at the No. 1 position, while State sophomore Antonio Lastre trailed Wildcat Alex Musialek at No. 4, 7-5, 5-1.

"Kentucky played well and won the match and there is no excuse but we need to take some time to get healthy," said Mississippi State head coach Per Nilsson. "We are going to take the next couple days off to let our bodies heal so we can be healthy and ready to play at Arkansas and LSU next weekend."

MSU will return to action next weekend as they travel to No. 45 Arkansas for a 2 p.m. CT, Friday, April 10, match. That will be followed by a Sunday, April 12, match at No. 34 LSU, at 1 p.m. CT.

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