News from MSU Media Relations--May 20

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...MSU Athletics and Baseball.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's male and female student-athletes combined to record a 2.91 grade point average during the 2009 spring semester, State's athletic academic office announced.

The '09 spring term was the fourth-straight semester -- and the eighth in the last 10 -- that MSU student-athletes recorded a GPA of 2.90 or better. Women's sports posted an overall GPA of 3.17, while the men's teams had a 2.75 GPA.

Tennis recorded the top grades in each gender. The men scored a department-high 3.52, that sport's best GPA in four years. The women turned in a 3.48. Football tied for its third-highest GPA (2.62), while women's track, soccer and basketball all improved their grades from last fall.

A total of 57 scholarship men and women student-athletes made either the Dean's Scholar or President's Scholar list. Additionally, 136 of the 277 total scholarship student-athletes (49 percent) earned a spring semester GPA of 3.00 or better.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State left-hander Nick Routt has been named to the 2009 SEC All Freshman baseball team announced Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference. The honor team is selected by a vote of the SEC's 12 head baseball coaches.

The rookie southpaw from Silver Spring, Md., compiled a 5-3 record and a 4.15 earned run average, leading the MSU staff with five wins, 13 starts, 86.2 innings pitched and 87 strikeouts. Routt shared the league lead with four complete games (at No. 3 Georgia, at No. 9 Arkansas, vs. Auburn and at Tennessee), all registered in successive Southeastern Conference appearances. He struck out a staff season-high 12 batters and pitched a staff season-longest 9.0 innings April 4 in State's 8-3 win over Auburn.

Routt becomes the second Mississippi State player to be named to the league's all-rookie team. Current MSU first baseman Connor Powers was a 2007 SEC All Freshman team selection.

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