SPRING SPORTS UPDATE
Mississippi State gets
split at No. 6 Georgia
n ATHENS, Ga. – Mississippi State (21-21, 3-14) scored twice in the 10th inning to come away with a SEC softball split against No. 6 Georgia, 3-2, on Wednesday. Georgia won the first game, 10-0 in five innings.
Kalil Smith’s sacrifice fly scored Chelsea Bramlett (single, third hit) to break the tie, then Sammie Joe Bailey doubled home Brittany Bell (hit by pitch).
Pinch-hitter Laurie Siebert’s sacrifice fly scored Smith (single) to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Georgia (30-8, 11-6), after the big first-game win, scored a run in the first inning then was shut out by Lindsey Dunlap (seven strikeouts) in the next nine innings.
In the opener, Georgia scored four runs in the second inning and six more in the third, and limited MSU to three hits.
n In Oxford, Jacksonville State (27-9) won a make-up game over Ole Miss, 5-1. The Gamecocks broke the game open with a three-run fifth. Ole Miss (18-24) was limited to five hits, two by Corrine Doornberg. JSU pitcher Karla Pittman struck out nine.
In SEC play this weekend, Ole Miss hosts Tennessee and South Carolina is at Mississippi State.
Golden Wave qualifies five
for state tennis tournament
n STARKVILLE – The Tupelo tennis team had five courts (two singles, three doubles) qualify on Wednesday for the MHSAA Class 5A individual state tournament May 4-5 in Jackson.
Qualifying for the state tournament took place at Starkville High School.
Golden Wave junior Jonathan Doles qualified in boys singles, and Tupelo senior Catherine Holliday qualified in girls singles after beating Emily Turner of Starkville 6-1, 6-1.
In boys No. 1 doubles, Jeff Hamm and Aaron Hildenbrand qualified after defeating Starkville’s Andrew Moorhead and Mo Wahidi 6-3, 7-5, and Grenada’s Lawson Harlow and Thomas Braswell 6-3, 7-5.
And in boys No. 2 doubles, Chris White and Drew Toppin qualified after knocking off George Liao and Kyler Rendon of Starkville, and Guy Braswell and Winston Lee of Grenada.
On the girls side, Mandy Collins and Tate Davis qualified thanks to victories over Starkville’s Claire Crawford and Sarah Morse and Grenada’s Mara Smith and Josey Frazier.
Tupelo’s Riggs signs
with Delta State softball
n Tupelo High School softball player Anna Wesleigh Riggs signed a national letter of intent Wednesday with Delta State University.
A Daily Journal All-Area selection in fastpitch, Riggs played pitcher and shortstop for the Lady Wave’s this spring. She posted an 8-3 pitching record with one save, 55 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA. She batted .321 with seven doubles.
DSU signed her as a utility player.
“I like playing the infield, but I’ll try anything,” said Riggs, who also played catcher, third baseman and in the outfield during her six seasons as a starter. “I think playing all the positions in high school will help me when I go to college.”
Bruce’s Ingram signs
with Alcorn State hoops
n Bruce High School’s Shaunvanta Ingram signed a national letter of intent in basketball Wednesday with Alcorn State University.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 26.5 points, 10 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game for the Trojans.
Ingram was a second-team Daily Journal All-Area Team selection.
SPORTS amp& MEDIA
Ex-broadcaster Harmon dies
n ARLINGTON, Texas — Broadcaster Merle Harmon, who in a career spanning more than 40 years called professional and college sports for NBC and ABC, died Wednesday after a long illness. Harmon died at Arlington Memorial Hospital. He was 82.
The broadcaster’s son, Keith Harmon, who works with the Milwaukee Brewers radio network, told The Associated Press that his father had died from complications stemming from pneumonia.
Daily Journal, wire reports