Starkville Daily News



SEC Men’s Tournament At Nashville, Tenn. Wednesday’s Games

Ole Miss 67, South Carolina 61 LSU 72, Georgia 67

Thursday’s Games Mississipp­i State 69, Florida 68

Tennessee 70, Ole Miss 55 Arkansas 76, Auburn 73 Vanderbilt 77, LSU 68

Friday’s Games Alabama 72, Mississipp­i State 49

Missouri 79, Tennessee 71 Texas A&M 67, Arkansas 61 Vanderbilt 80, Kentucky 73

Saturday’s Games

Alabama 72, Missouri 61 Texas A&M 87, Vanderbilt 75

Sunday’s Game Championsh­ip Game

Alabama 82, Texas A&M 63


The Mississipp­i State Bulldogs look to continue their five-game winning streak as they move forward to midweek action in the Hancock Whitney Classic.

The Dawgs are slated for a 6 p.m. first pitch today against Nicholls, with game two against Louisiana on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.

Freshman Bradley Loftin (1-1) is expected to get the start on the mound for MSU in tonight's outing. Wednesday's starting pitcher is to be determined.

Both games will be broadcast on SEC Network+. The games will also be carried on the Mississipp­i State Sports Network powered by Learfield, along with a live audio stream via Hailstate. com/listen.


Mississipp­i State softball is preparing for a pair of spring break games that will serve as its final tune-ups before opening conference play this weekend. State has added a game with North Dakota State today at 4 p.m., and its originally scheduled meeting with Purdue on Wednesday has been pushed back to 5 p.m.

MSU is 1-1 against the Bison, with their only meetings coming in the 2018 Tucson

Regional. State lost a onerun game before eliminatin­g North Dakota State in runrule fashion with a 12-0 victory. The Boilermake­rs and Bulldogs have not met since 2011, and MSU holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. Purdue's last trip to Starkville came in 2007.

Both the Bulldogs and the Bison have won seven of their last 10 games. The Bison enter the midweek matchups on a three-game winning streak. Purdue is on a two-game losing skid, but is 5-5 across its last 10 contests. The Boilermake­rs will also play the Bison on Wednesday at 2 p.m. before their matchup with State.

Admission to all MSU home games at Nusz Park is always free. The Bulldogs' original promotiona­l schedule has been tweaked with their modified schedule. Wii Sports Night is now today with sound effects and video board elements that fit that theme. Fans in attendance may enter a raffle to win a free Wii.

First Responder Night, which was postponed when Sunday's game against East Tennessee State was canceled, has been reschedule­d for Wednesday. Following the game, members of the Starkville Police and Fire Department­s will compete on the field in a home run derby.

Track and Field

ALBUQUERQU­E, N.M. – The Mississipp­i State track and field program wrapped up a successful indoor season on Saturday with the men's team finishing in the top 20 nationally with 11 points at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championsh­ips at the Albuquerqu­e Convention Center.

Mississipp­i State's men finished tied for No. 19 in the country at the NCAA Indoor Championsh­ips, which is the highest finish for the Bulldogs since placing 12th following the 2014 indoor season.

On day one of the NCAA Championsh­ips, Bulldog senior Cameron Crump finished as the national runnerup in the men's long jump, while also claiming eight team points. Crump tied his personal best and his own school record with a mark of 8.39 meters (27-6.50), which now ranks No. 3 worldwide in the long jump.

On Saturday afternoon, Tony Jones represente­d Mississipp­i State in the men's high jump where he finished the competitio­n on the podium with a sixth-place mark of 2.18 meters (7-1.75). With that showing, Jones secured three points for the Bulldogs for a team total of 11 points.

Navasky Anderson competed in the men's 800-meter finals on Saturday night and clocked a time of 1:45.90 before eventually being disqualifi­ed after officials alleged he impeded another runner's opportunit­y to get to the finish line. Rosealee Cooper also represente­d Mississipp­i State on the track this weekend in Albuquerqu­e by competing in the women's 60m hurdles semifinals.

Mississipp­i State will now turn its attention to the outdoor season as its scheduled to compete in the Hurricane Invite on March 17-18 in Miami.

Women’s Tennis

AUBURN, Ala. – Mississipp­i State women's tennis dropped a 6-1 decision at seventh-ranked Auburn on Sunday afternoon.

The bright spot for the Bulldogs came as Emmanouela Antonaki scored an upset over No. 46 Ariana Arseneault 6-1, 5-7, 10-5. It marked her 26th ranked career singles win. The win marks Antonaki's second ranked win of the season and her ninth highest win over a ranked opponent.

Antonaki improves to 16-8 overall and 10-3 during dualmatch play.

Alexandra Mikhailuk took the first set 6-2 against Tiger Kaitlyn Carnicella, but Carnicella forced a third set super tiebreaker after taking the second 6-2. Ultimately, Carnicella took the match in the third with a 10-6 victory.

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