Monday Morning Coffee Break

In this recap, find out what happened last week in Mississippi State athletics.


Football

The football team had a close encounter with Bowling Green, winning 21-20 on Homecoming.

After pulling out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter, Mississippi State saw Bowling Green get back into the game in the second quarter with a 10-7 point advantage over MSU in that quarter to make the game 21-13.

The second half was a defensive battle with Bowling Green scoring 7 points to MSU's 0.

Recruiting-wise, the MSU football team received two big commitments from senior 3-star WR Jesse Jackson and freshman LB Anthony Hines, III.

Men's Tennis

The MSU men's tennis team performed well in the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. last week. One player, nationally 40th ranked Malte Stopp, will play in the finals Monday, playing against Ole Miss No. 7-ranked Nik Scholtz. Stopp got to the Final by defeating another Ole Miss tennis player,William Kallberg.

The tennis team opened the championships with a 5-0 showing in day one singles action. Senior Malte Stopp, sophomore Jordan Angus, juco transfer Tassilo Schmid, and freshmen Florian Lakat and Robin Haden all earned victories.

In day two action, MSU's two doubles teams won their matches. Jordan Angus and Stropp, the 6th ranked doubles team in the nation, defeated UAB's Nick Ianuzzi and Luiz Pinto 8-0. Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid defeated Samford's Elliott Barnwell and Liam Sullivan 8-6.

In day two singles action, Stropp, Angus won their first matches of the day while Schmid, Lakat and Haden lost their matches to the 29th, 50th and 100th ranked players in the nation. Stopp won his second match while Angus lost to the the No. 7 ranked Nik Scholtz.

In day three and four action, Stropp defeated Don Cochrane of Auburn and William Kallberg to advance to the final.

Both of MSU's doubles teams lost in day three action.

Soccer

The MSU soccer team lost a heartbreaker at home Friday night against the 12th-ranked Florida Gators in double overtime before a record crowd of 935.

The two-overtime loss was MSU's second in SEC action. They previously lost to LSU 3-2.

With the victory, Florida is 10-3-1 and 4-2 in the SEC while Mississippi State goes to 3-10 overall and 0-6 in SEC action.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a two road-game swing to Georgia and Vanderbilt next weekend.

Volleyball

Volleyball lost two road matches this past weekend to Texas A&M and LSU, both by 0-3 scores. MSU is now 9-9 overall and 0-4 in SEC action.

They return home next weekend to face South Carolina and Tennessee.

Women's Golf

The golf team began play in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Sunday afternoon in Austin, Texas. During the opening round of the Invitational, MSU freshman sensation Jessica Peng was in first place, helping the team to a share of 4th place in the 18-team field.

MSU is 8 strokes behind Miami, 3 strokes behind No. 1 ranked UCLA, and 1 stroke behind No. 11 ranked Arizona State. They are ahead of two ranked teams, No. 20th ranked Tulane by 4 strokes and No. 16th ranked Iowa State by 7 strokes.

Baseball

The baseball team began their fall intrasquad season by playing three games this past weekend.

A couple of members of MSU's No. 2 ranked recruiting class shined during their MSU debut, freshmen pitchers Austin Sexton and Dakota Hudson. Sexton threw 2.1 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. He was consistently 90-91, topping out at 91, with his fastball. His Bulldog debut was his first action against live hitters since his junior season of high school ball due to an injury he suffered during his senior basketball season. Hudson also threw 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 5. The hard-throwing youngster threw his fastball consistently 92-95, topping out at 96, during his first inning of work.

The baseball team showed a bit more pop in their bats during the three scrimmages, hitting 7 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. Senior outfielder Derrick Armstrong had both triples, while redshirt freshman catcher Daniel Garner hit 2 of the 4 home runs.

MSU will play scrimmages this week on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Softball

Softball, currently playing their fall exhibition schedule, took a doubleheader sweep against Shorter Sunday afternoon by scores of 3-0 and 7-6. The highlight of the day was a dominating performance by senior pitcher Alison Owen, who struck out 14 while walking 2 and allowing 3 hits in 7 innings of work.

Next weekend, MSU concludes their fall exhibition schedule with a 1 pm doubleheader Saturday against Wallace State community College and a 3 pm Sunday doubleheader against Itawamba Community College.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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