News from MSU Media Relations--April 19

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

Men's Golf
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The Mississippi State men's golf team fell one spot into sixth place on day two of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship Saturday, firing a 290, and is 7-over-par after two rounds.

"We played a pretty solid round today," said head coach Clay Homan. "And, like yesterday, we did not start off particularly well, but we finished the day strong which gave us a big boost."

Senior Carlos Sainz, Jr. shot a second -round, 4-under-par 68 to finish with a two-day total of 5-under-par. Sainz notched the tournament's third-lowest, second-round score, and moved into a tie for third after two days of play.

"Carlos has been a big player for us so far," said Homan. "He especially showed up today and was able to get us our only score under par, which was huge."

Behind Sainz on the day, senior Brian Mason notched a 2-over-par 74 and is 4-over-par after two rounds of play and in a tie for 24th. Senior Noah Goldman shot a 78 and, along with his first-round, 1-under-par 71, is currently in a tie for 34th. Senior Matt Fast stands in a tie for 47th after shooting a 75 in round two while playing the back nine 1-under-par. Senior Josh Bevell rebounded from a tough day yesterday to shoot a 1-over-par 73 Saturday and stands at 14-over-par after two days.

MState will tee off tomorrow at 7 a.m. CT with live stats available through www.MStateathletics.com.


Track & Field
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State's men's and women's track team complete their stay at the War Eagle invitational winning first place in the men's 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and women's 100-meter hurdles.

Dwight Mullings ran a regional qualifying time of 46.61 seconds in the men's 400-meter dash to earn first place. Mullings also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash to qualify a regional mark of 20.85 seconds.

Sophomore, Emanuel Mayers also had an impressive showing today winning the men's 400-meter hurdles. Mayers ran 52.49 seconds to give him his fourth regional qualifying time of the season.

"Dwight and Emanuel were our stars of this weekend's meet," MSU coach Al Schmidt said. "We competed against some strong teams today, and the older kids stepped up and did what they needed to do to have a great meet today."

Stand out heptathletes Marrissa Harris and LaQuinta Aaron earn first and second in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively. Both earned regional qualifying times with Harris finishing in 13.51seconds and Aaron in 13.69 seconds.

"Marrissa and LaQuinta have made there mark as one of the favorites for the SEC Heptathlon," Schmidt said. "They are improving in great leaps and bounds."

Freshman, D'Angelo Cherry ran another regional qualifying time of 10.38 seconds in the men's 100-meter dash to place fifth.

In the field event, Josh Tucker tied for third in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 9.50 inches to receive a regional qualifying mark and a personal best. Lady Bulldog Priscilla Gaines was able to improve her personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 39-5.25 to finish sixth.

Action for the maroon and white continues next week at Franklin field for the 2009 Penn. Relays.


Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team dropped its final match of the regular season Saturday at home, falling to third-ranked Ole Miss, 6-1.

The Bulldogs fell to 6-14 on the season and 2-9 in Southeastern Conference action, with the Rebels completing their sweep of the conference (11-0) and advancing to 21-2 on the season.

MState dropped a hard-fought doubles point that began with true freshman Daniel Sanchez and sophomore Antonio Lastre of MSU falling first at the No. 2 spot to Ole Miss' Devin Britton and Tucker Vorster, 8-3. At the No. 1 slot, State's Chris Doerr and Tanner Stump had an early lead on the Rebels' top-ranked tandem of Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge, but ultimately fell 8-6, clinching the opening point of the day for the Rebels. Senior Ryan Farlow and Artem Ilyushin led UM's Kalle Norberg and Otto Sauer, 7-6, at the No. 3 position, when the match was suspended.

MSU dropped all but one of the opening sets in singles as they slipped up in five of the six singles contests on the afternoon.

True freshman Louis Cant of MSU fell first at the No. 3 position to the 42nd-ranked Norberg of Ole Miss, losing the first set, 6-1, and trailing 3-0 when he was forced to retire due to injury. The Bulldogs' 102nd-ranked true freshman Ilyushin then dropped a two-set bout to No. 15 Berg at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1. MSU's Sanchez, back from an injury that had sidelined him in the previous 10 matches, then went down at the No. 4 spot to Rebel ten Berge, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the team win for the Rebels.

Playing in the final home match of his career for MSU, the 99th-ranked Farlow dropped a competitive two-set bout to No. 39 Britton of Ole Miss 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 2 spot. State's junior Doerr then fell 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6 to UM's Marcel Thiemann.

Claiming the lone point on the day for the Bulldogs was Lastre who won a three-set match over Sauer of the Rebels, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7).

"It was a tough match to watch, but it was good to get Daniel (Sanchez) back into our lineup," said Mississippi State head coach Per Nilsson. "We need to forget about today's outcome and get ready for the SEC tournament which will give us a good chance to redeem ourselves."

MSU will now turn their focus to the 2009 SEC Championship which begins next Thursday, April 23, in Auburn, Ala. The draw for the tournament will be released later this week.


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