News from MSU Media Relations--July 7

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, MSU Athletics, Track & Field, Softball and Women's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Ticket Office has placed a limited number of three-game (Georgia Tech, Houston and Florida) season tickets on sale to the general public, Ticket Manager John King announced Monday.

The reduced-plan mini-pack tickets are available for the discounted price of just $75, a $55 savings over the individual-game cost of the three tickets. Those seats will be primarily located in Sections 305 to 309 of the upper level on the west side.

Through the close of business Thursday, July 2, Mississippi State had sold 35,802 season tickets, less than 2,000 away from the number it sold a year ago. That number includes 10,000 student season tickets, a number the student body could easily eclipse when those tickets go on sale in August.

Full-price season tickets remain available for purchase, as do the popular Top Dog season tickets, a reduced-price, full-schedule season plan in the east-side upper level. Less than 600 season tickets remain in the Top Dog section and sell for just $115, a $125 savings over the full-price season ticket.

For more information, fans are encouraged to contact the ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS (1-888-463-2947) or visit the athletic department web site (

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 2010 version of Super Bulldog Weekend, Mississippi State's spring homecoming on the campus, will be held the weekend of April 16-18, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Monday.

While a full schedule of events will be released at a later date, a spring football scrimmage and Southeastern Conference weekend baseball series will continue to be a staple of the three-day event. State athletic officials are planning for a weekend event bigger than 2009, when Coach Dan Mullen's first football squad scrimmaged before a state-record 31,606 fans, the 13th-largest spring attendance in the country. Coach John Cohen's Diamond Dawgs are scheduled to play a weekend set against Tennessee.

Super Bulldog Weekend 2010 will mark the 25th consecutive year the athletic department has organized a spring weekend full of activities for alumni and fans.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - This past weekend at the CAC Senior Championships in Havana, Cuba, Mississippi State All-American Emanuel Mayers competed for his native country Trinidad in the 400-meter hurdles, where he finished seventh with a run of 51.63.

Mayers, who was a sophomore this past year for the Bulldogs, qualified for the finals after posting a time of 51.04 seconds in the preliminaries.

His showing came less than a month after running a personal-best 50.06, the second-fastest time in school history, in the NCAA Championships at Fayetteville, Ark. At the SEC Championships, he finished fifth with a time of 50.84.

The 5-foot-10 banking and finance major is also in the running to become a member of the Trinidad Federation's 4x400-meter relay team that will compete at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, scheduled for Aug. 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head softball coach Jay Miller has announced the hiring of Karen Johns as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Johns, who comes to Mississippi State following a two-year stint as the Associate Executive Director of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, brings a solid collegiate and international coaching background to MSU.

Johns' most-recent coaching experience came last summer when she helped lead the United States Women's National Team to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. An assistant with the United States since 2005, Johns helped the Red, White and Blue to two-straight World Cup of Softball gold medals (2006 and 2007) and the 2006 World Championship.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Karen Johns joining our staff. She brings a wealth of knowledge as a collegiate head coach and an assistant coach with the Olympic Team last year," MSU head coach Jay Miller said. "We are looking forward to her joining the Bulldog softball program."

Collegiately, she spent two seasons at Virginia following a five-year run as head coach at the University of Florida.

During her tenure with the Gators, Johns posted a 192-131 record and led UF to four NCAA Regional appearances, including a hosting spot on three occasions.

"I'm excited to be back in the Southeastern Conference," Johns said. "I look forward to working with a very good pitching staff that returns a solid core of veterans to compliment some talented newcomers."

Prior to that first head coaching stint, Johns served five seasons as an assistant coach at Alabama (1996-2000). She helped the 2000 Crimson Tide to a sixth-place finish at the Women's College World Series.

Johns' inaugural coaching stint came as a student assistant coach at her alma mater, South Carolina, where she was a two-time all-American and three-time all-South Region catcher.

Her stellar collegiate accomplishments landed her a roster spot on the United States National Team, where she helped the U.S. to gold medals at the 1990 and 1994 ISF World Championships. She also won gold medals at the U.S. Olympic Festival (1989 and 1990), 1994 South Pacific Classic and 1995 Pan Am Games.

Johns and her husband Bobby have a daughter, Kaci.

STARKVILLE - For the third time in as many years, two Mississippi State women golfers have been selected to the prestigious National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team.

Sophomore Mallory Batson, hailing from Gadsden, Ala., has been nominated both of her years as a Bulldog. Leading the team with a 76.76 stroke average, Batson is a leader on and off the green. She is majoring in Elementary Education and graduated high-school with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Junior Leigh Phillips, from Starkville, was named to the team for the first time and is majoring in General Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations. Phillips joined the ranks of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society while attending high-school.

The criteria for selection to this elite group are the most stringent in all of collegiate athletics. The minimum qualifying cumulative GPA for consideration is 3.50 while the student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's regularly-scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

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