News from MSU Media Relations--July 14

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett scored a run Sunday night as the Jay Miller-led United States Women's National Team captured the Canada Cup title with a 3-2 win over the host country on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Bramlett finished the 12-game slate tied for the top spot on the U.S. in batting average, hitting at a .636 clip with six runs scored, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases.

The Cordova, Tenn., native gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the fifth, pinch-running for Andrea Duran following a triple and scoring on an Ashley Charters ground-out to second base.

Canada took advantage of a USA error in the sixth and plated a pair of runs. The lead held up until the Red, White and Blue plated the deciding two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Canadians brought Jenna Caira in relief of starter Danielle Lawrie for the final frame, and the U.S. took advantage, evening the game when Natasha Watley singled and scored on a Kaitlin Cochran sacrifice fly. With two outs and runners at first and second, Jennie Finch singled to shortstop, and Caitlin Lowe slid in safely at home for the walk-off win.

Cat Osterman went the distance for the U.S., allowing two unearned runs on two hits while striking out 14.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State president Dr. Mark Keenum, director of athletics Greg Byrne and other representatives of the university will participate in the annual Central Mississippi Alumni Association "Summer Extravaganza," Thursday, July 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Doors open at 5:30 and a program featuring Keenum, Byrne, head football coach Dan Mullen and other speakers will begin at 7 p.m.

The event, which serves as an unofficial kickoff to the upcoming academic and athletic year, will include autographs by several members of the football team, an appearance by the MSU Cheerleaders and a special unveiling of several new adidas team uniforms. Representatives from the men's and women's basketball teams, baseball and softball squads along with soccer and volleyball will be in attendance to show off the newest fashion of Mississippi State athletics.

"This is always a great event for our fans in Central Mississippi and we're excited about the opportunity to see so many of our friends and alumni gathered down there every year," Byrne said. "The alumni association does a great job organizing this event and as we move to a new location this year we hope it's bigger and better than ever."

Selected members of the Mississippi State football team will travel down to the Jackson area early Thursday afternoon for a visit at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. The annual trip allows student-athletes to visit with some of their smallest fans facing some of life's toughest challenges.

"It's a great opportunity not only to maybe brighten the day of a child going through some hard times, but also for our players to learn and appreciate the gifts that they've been given and some of the struggles that others have to face," Mullen said.

Admission for the Summer Extravaganza is $10 for adults and free for children and students.

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