Monday Morning Coffee Break

Monday Morning Coffee Break

Looking back at the week of Mississippi State sports.

Baseball

The baseball team went 2-2 on the week, defeating Ole Miss Tuesday night, then losing 2-of-3 to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Overall, the Bulldogs hit .320 and scored an average of 5.5 runs per game. The much-maligned pitching staff, other than the first game of the Alabama series, pitched well, giving up 13 runs (11 earned) on 16 hits in 26 innings of work. Teams batted .176 against them in the three games.

The good news injury-wise is two players who have missed several weeks were back - senior pitcher Justin Pigott and freshman Cody Freeman.

Pigott, who has been out of action since the first SEC weekend, performed well Sunday afternoon - giving up 2 runs (both earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks with 3 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. He threw 84 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Freeman hit .267 (4-for-15, 3 RBI) for the four games, but batted .333 during the weekend series against Alabama. In conference games, he leads all Bulldogs in hitting with a .357 batting average.

Overall hitting leaders for the four games were junior Grant Hogue at .500 (6-for-12, 1 RBI, 3 SB), freshman Ryan Collins .444 (4-for-9, 1 RBI), and sophomore Russ Sneed at .412 (7-for-17, 3 RBI).

Three other players hit in the .300+ range, including sophomore Jet Butler at .389 (7-for-18, 2 RBI) and freshman Ryan Powers at .333 (5-for-15, 4 RBI), and sophomore Ryan Duffy at .308 (4-for-13, 1 RBI). Powers who moved into the starting lineup at shortstop when sophomore Connor Powers went down with a hamstring pull, also had several defensive gems during the week. Folks who saw them compared his play to former Diamond Dog Matthew Maniscalco, one of the top defensive shortstops in MSU history.

In addition to Pigott's performance, senior John Lalor and junior Aaron Weatherford also had good weeks. Lalor threw 3.0 innings, giving up no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 3 innings. Weatherford continues his dominance, winning 1 and saving 1. In his 3.2 innings, he gave up no runs on 1 hit and 0 strikeouts while striking out 6. For the season, he has thrown 16.2 innings and given up 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 6 walks with 33 strikeouts. Team are hitting .054 against him.

The Diamond Dogs next action is against Southern Miss Tuesday and Wednesday night in Hattiesburg.

Softball

Mississippi State defeated the 21st ranked Georgia Bulldogs two of three this weekend to go to 37-16 overall and 11-11 in SEC play. The 37 victories are the most for a Bulldog team since 2004.

Leading the way hitting-wise were two seniors and two freshmen. Senior Courtney Bures and freshman Brittany Bell both hit .625 (5-for-8) for the three-game weekend series. Bures also knocked in 4 runs while Bell plated 3 runs.

Senior Hayle Guess was 3-for-8 for a .375 average. She knocked in two runs. Not far behind was freshman Courtney Nesbit who hit .333 (3-for-9) with 4 RBI.

Freshman pitcher Misty Flesher earned both weekend victories to go to 17-7 on the season.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a Wednesday night home game against Southern Miss. Gametime is set for 6:30 pm.

Men's Golf

The Mississippi State men's golf team finished fifth at the SEC Championship, their best finish since 2000.

MSU now waits to hear what region they will compete in postseason competition, with the announcement to be made by the NCAA on May 5th.

Women's Golf

Mississippi State's women's golf squad finished 11th in the SEC Championship Tournament held at the Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, TN.

Men's Tennis

The Mississippi State men's tennis team fell 4-0 to 18th-ranked LSU in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Championship, held at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on the University of Arkansas campus. With the loss, State fell to 8-12 overall this season.

Women's Tennis

Mississippi State's women's tennis team fell in the first round of the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championship, dropping a 4-0 decision to 24th-ranked Tennessee. The Lady Bulldogs dropped to 7-13 overall with the loss.

Track and Field

In the Bulldog Limited, held on the campus of the University of Georgia, the Bulldog track teams had an exceptional day.

Senior Jamil Hubbard ran a great 400-meter run, claiming first place and earning a regional-qualifying time.

Also taking first place was another senior, Chris Woods, who won the 800-meter run with a regional-qualifying time of 1:48.55.

A third senior, Golden Coachman, took first place in the one-mile run.

In the two-mile run, senior Brandon Smith taking first with a time of 9:08.39.

The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Kendall May, junior John Bailey, Hubbard and freshman O'Neal Wilder turned in a regional-qualifying time of 39.70 to edge the field.

On the women's side, junior Priscilla Gaines notched first place in the long jump, while the 4x100-meter relay team of Gabrielle Dillon, sophomore Wendy Copeland, sophomores Bridgett Rose and junior Priscilla Gaines, taking first place with a time of 47.90. The 4x200-meter foursome of Rose, Gaines, Dillon and Harris also ran that relay in 1:36.13 to take first place. The 4x400-meter relay team of Aaron, Harris, freshman Diamond Marks and Gaines, completed the Lady Bulldog relay sweep with their first-place time of 3:49.47.

At the Mt. SAC Relays this past weekend on the campus of Mt. San Antonio Community College, two Mississippi State freshmen, Matthew Cameron and Adam Lenz, broke the MSU freshmen 1500- and 10,000-meter records at the 50th annual .

In the 1500-meter run, Cameron finished in three minutes, 49.26 seconds to take second place, overall, en route to breaking the 31-year old freshman 1500-meter run that was previously held by John Stubbs (3:49.7).

Adam Lenz ran a 30:25.91 and posted a top 25-finish in the 10,000-meter run to notch the 10,000-meter freshman record in the event. The 28-year old record was formerly held by Mzee Ruto (30:33.7).

Next up for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are the prestigious Penn Relays, set to take place on April 24-26 in Philadelphia, PA.


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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