Monday, February 20, 2006
STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Three Tennessee State softball players were named to the all-tournament team for their performances in the Mississippi State Bulldogs Classic over the weekend. Senior shortstop Nira Robbins, senior second baseman Heather Ebersole, and freshman pitcher Samantha Hurst were all honored with selection to the 12-player team. Robbins was 6-for-14 in the tournament with a RBI and had a triple for the winning run in a 1-0 win over Easter Tennessee State. Ebersole was 5-13 and had a game-tying hit that sent the Tigers into an extra winning game against East Tennessee, that the Tiger won. Hurst pitched eight total innings, allowing just two runs and picked up a win and a save in the Tigers two victories. Mississippi State's Regan Blake was MVP in the tournament. 2006 BULLDOG CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Mary Catherine Verco, East Tennessee State Lauren Haas, Southern Illinois Ashley Hamby, Southern Illinois Heather Ebersole, Tennessee State Nira Robbins, Tennessee State Samantha Hurst, Tennessee State Hayle Guess, Mississippi State Courtney Bures, Mississippi State Katie Cooley, Mississippi State Callye Williams, Mississippi State Stephanie Comeaux, Mississippi State Sammie Jo Bailey, Mississippi State TOURNAMENT MVP: Ragan Blake, Mississippi State