News from MSU Media Relations--May 1

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Tennis, Baseball and Women's Basketball.

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team had two athletes earn all-Southeastern Conference honors following their performance during the 2009 season, as announced by the league office Thursday.

Senior Ryan Farlow, who hails from Madison, Miss., was honored as a selection to the all-SEC second team. It marked the first all-SEC honor of his Bulldog career. Farlow tallied four ranked wins, including a pair of memorable three-set victories against Ole Miss and Auburn, this season and reached as high as 88th in the national singles rankings.

Farlow's naming to the all-SEC team is added to an already superior resume filled with numerous academic and service honors, including being named MSU's overall Newsom Award winner among male student-athletes, holding the highest grade point average among his Bulldog peers this year. He has also been named an ITA Scholar Athlete and Academic all-SEC multiple times during his career. He was also recently named a Spirit of State award winner, considered the university's premier student award.

In addition to Farlow's honor, true freshman Artem Ilyushin had a solid start to his career with the Maroon and White, earning all-SEC freshman honors based on his performance this season. Playing in the upper half of the Bulldog lineup in his first semester on campus, Ilyushin reached as high as 93rd nationally. He tallied nine wins this season, including an upset victory over 14th-ranked Alex Lacroix of Florida.


Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State takes on its fifth ranked opponent of the season and one of the league's hottest teams this weekend when the Bulldogs (21-24, 6-15 SEC) host No. 22 Alabama (30-15, 12-9 SEC) in a three-game SEC series at Dudy Noble Field. Friday's series-opener as well as Saturday's contest is set for 6:30 p.m. starts while the Sunday series finale is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m.

With nine league games remaining, Mississippi State enters the weekend three games out of eighth place in the overall SEC standings as the race for a berth in the eight-team field of the upcoming SEC Baseball Tournament winds down. Alabama trails SEC co-leaders Georgia and LSU by two games.

State will be out to halt Alabama's run of three consecutive series wins. The Tide prevailed in Tuscaloosa last year (21-7, 4-6, 4-3) and has won seven of the last 10 MSU-Alabama baseball matchups.

The Bulldogs have not announced a starter to work opposite Alabama ace right-hander Austin Hyatt (6-1, 3.45). MSU freshman lefty Nick Routt (4-3, 3.41), State's announced Saturday starter, joined Hyatt on the 50-player initial watch list for the inaugural College Baseball Foundation/Mizuno Pitcher of the Year Award.

State senior outfielder Grant Hogue (.333) enters the weekend riding a season-longest eight-game hitting streak and an SEC-leading 28 stolen bases, the most pilfers by a Bulldog since Dan Van Cleve's school-record 38 in 1985. He stands fifth on MSU's career stolen base charts with 53.

Alabama brings impressive offensive numbers into the series. The Tide sports a league-leading .338 batting average, 91 home runs and a .592 team slugging percentage. Tide outfielder Kent Matthes leads the SEC with 23 home runs and ranks second with 67 RBI and a .378 batting average. Alabama, a 14-3 Wednesday night winner over South Alabama, has won seven of its last 10 games overall and nine of its last 12 SEC games.


Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team will offer eight camps during the month of June as part of its 2009 Summer Camp schedule. Complete information can be found by visiting the women's basketball page at www.mstateathletics.com.

Camps feature individual instruction, five-on-five games, three-on-three competition, a free throw competition, and a hot shot competition. The individual camps are open to youth in grades 1-12, while the team camps are open to junior high, high school and AAU teams.

Individual Camp, June 7-10, is for grades 6-12. Each participant receives personalized instruction and coaching with head coach Sharon Fanning and her staff. Individual stations are setup for topics ranging from position work to the fastbreak. This camp is designed to help campers develop their total game.

Available for those in grades 6-12, Position Camp is June 10-11. Campers are divided by age group and each group will receive instruction related to their position, as well as an overview of each position. Some of the areas covered are posting up, perimeter shooting off the dribble and point guard responsibilities.

Shooting Camp, scheduled for June 11-12, is for grades 3-12. Camp instructors evaluate the campers' fundamentals of shooting and offer assistance in shooting layups, jump shots, pivots, three-point shots, hooks and free throws based on their age group division. A reduced rate will be offered to those interested in a combined individual, position and shooting camp.

The second camp offered is the Team Camp from June 18-20. This camp is designed for coaches to teach their system. Teams will play at least nine games and practice courts and videos will be available upon request. In addition, the Shootout Camp will be June 19-20. This camp gives teams an opportunity to play a minimum of three games in one day. This camp is designed for coaches to teach their system during competitive games.

The Elite Camp, June 21-23, focuses on the advanced, highly-skilled high school player and helps prepare top players for the college game. While prior experience as a varsity starter is strongly recommended, a coach's recommendation is required.

This year's Day Camp for grades 1-6 is set for June 22-25. The Lady Bulldog camp focuses on fundamentals in individual stations, position development and offensive and defensive strategy from one-on-one to five-on-five games. Each day includes personalized instruction with the coaching staff and players.

Please contact director of operations Joey Burton at (662) 325-5465 for more information.


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