News from MSU Media Relations--July 2

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...MSU Athletics, Baseball and Softball.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University placed 61 student-athletes on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced Wednesday.

MSU's 61 spring-sport academic honorees were seventh among all conference schools in sports in which MSU competes. A total of 883 student-athletes were named to the honor roll, which was based on grades from the 2008 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

The criteria for the honor roll is that each student-athlete must (1) have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. (2) be on an athletic scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons; (3) have completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution; and (4) have been a member of a varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.


Baseball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Baseball Bulldogs set the SEC pace in the classroom again this spring, with a league-high 19 Diamond Dogs earning a berth on the 2009 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll announced Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. MSU has now led the SEC in academic honor roll selections for baseball in five of the last six years and leads in all-time selections since 1971.

A total of 883 student-athletes representing 10 different sports in the SEC earned academic all-conference honors for the spring semester. That list includes 61 Mississippi State student-athletes in baseball (19), men's golf (8), women's golf (5), softball (9), men's tennis (4), women's tennis (5), men's track (7) and women's track (4). To qualify for academic all-conference honors a student-athlete must have a 3.00 grade point average.

Four MSU baseball athletes, pitcher Ricky Bowen, pitcher Drew Hollinghead, catcher Brooks Lewis and third baseman Russ Sneed, were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third time. Bowen, Hollinghead and Sneed also previously received SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll distinction.

This year's 19 MSU baseball recipients include: Ricky Bowen (Jasper, Ala.), Brent Brownlee (Oxford, Miss.), Michael Busby (Vicksburg, Miss.), Justin Bussey (Dora, Ala.), Jet Butler (Pensacola, Fla.), Ryan Collins (Callaway, Fla.), Scott DeLoach (Madison, Miss.), Nick Hardy (Flora, Miss.), Grant Hogue (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Drew Hollinghead (Leakesville, Miss.), Greg Houston (Hoover, Ala.), Brooks Lewis (Heidelburg, Miss.), Forrest Moore (Baton Rouge, La.), Jason Nappi (Birmingham, Ala.), Paxton Pace (Collinsville, Miss.), Connor Powers (Naperville, Ill.), Russ Sneed (Senatobia, Miss.), Jared Wesson (Tupelo, Miss.), and Tyler Whitney (Lakeland, Tenn.).

The Southeastern Conference initiated its academic all-conference selections in 1971, and with the addition of the 127 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections for baseball this year, the number of all-time baseball academic honorees in the SEC has grown to 2,028. Mississippi State leads the SEC with 285 selections all-time, 86 more than the league's next highest team total. The Southeastern Conference created an academic honor listing for freshman student-athletes in 2003, and those honorees are not included in the SEC Academic Honor Roll listing.


Softball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sammie Jo Bailey's fourth selection led a group of nine Mississippi State softball players that were named to the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll by the league office Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldog softball team placed nine players on the list for the second-straight year, the fifth-most among the league's softball programs.

"We are extremely proud of these nine players and their devotion to success in the classroom and on the field," MSU head coach Jay Miller said. "These nine, as well as our other players, take as much pride in their academic endeavors as they do in the on-field success."

Bailey received the honor after earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and being named MSU's female recipient of the SEC's Boyd-McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship.

Her sister, Jessie, and junior Chelsea Bramlett were each named to the list for the third time. Fellow junior Laurie Siebert earned her second honor.

Sophomores Ali Bainbridge, Misty Flesher, Courtney Nesbit and Jessie Spain received the distinction after being named the freshman honor roll last season. Fellow sophomore Allie Heon claimed her first selection.

The Bulldog softball team has received 70 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections during Miller's seven-year tenure.

Mississippi State had 61 student-athletes named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, placing it seventh among all conference schools in sports in which MSU competes. To qualify for the honor roll, a student-athlete must (1) have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. (2) be on an athletic scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons; (3) have completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution; and (4) have been a member of a varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.


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