Good baseball weekend gets MSU back on track
Mississippi State lefty Ross Mitchell was honored as Southeastern Conference co-Pitcher of the Week by the league on Monday. (Photo by Lee Adams)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs may have played their way right back into the Southeastern Conference Western Division race.
The Bulldogs (31-18, 14-10) went on the road, swept Auburn this past weekend and now sit just one game back on in-state rival Ole Miss for the top spot in the Western division.
This is coming on the heels of a series loss to Texas A&M at home and midweek loss to Jacksonville State.
"(I'm) just really proud of our kids," MSU head coach John Cohen said after Sunday's 12-1 win over the Tigers. "They came here on a mission and they know what's at stake. They want to make their mark in the Southeastern Conference."
The pitching staff gave the Bulldogs every opportunity to win with three good starts and a good showing by the bullpen.
With Preston Brown finally healthy, the MSU starting rotation should be set with Trevor Fitts, Ross Mitchell and Brown rounding it out.
The Bulldogs allowed just one run to the Tigers the entire weekend and that came on a solo home run late in game three.Â
"Just giving up one run in three games was really big for our club," Cohen said. "(I'm) certainly really proud of our pitching staff. Everybody did their job and competed so hard."
MSU hopes to keep the momentum going and finish the season strong. With two series remaining, the Bulldogs are in a good spot.
They host Tennessee this weekend for the last regular season home series.
"We can't wait to see all of our Bulldog faithful at Dudy Noble Field next Friday night, providing the best environment in all of college baseball," Cohen said.
SEC weekly honor
MSU junior left hander Ross Mitchell was selected as the co-SEC Pitcher of the Week.
The Smyrna, Tenn., native threw a complete-game shutout against Auburn on Saturday to win the honor.Â
This is his third such honor this year, tying him with Alan Johnson in 2003, for the most by a Bulldog pitcher.
Georgia sophomore Ryan Lawlor was the other SEC Pitcher of the Week. Florida's Casey Turgeon was Player of the Week, while Texas A&M's Nick Banks was the Freshman of the Week.Â
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