On the Links: Baseball, Hoops, and Cherry’s Speed

MSU’s baseball team keeps rolling along. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs finished off Saint Joseph’s on Sunday, taking both games of a doubleheader to improve to 15-0 on the year.

You can expect State to move up in the next Baseball America poll, which will come out later today. Why? Because No. 3 Arkansas went 0-4 last week, and No. 4 Louisville went 3-1. So MSU ought to go up at least one spot. And while it’s perhaps a bit early for this sort of stuff, the Bulldogs have an RPI ranking of 24 and a strength-of-scheduling ranking of 172, according to WarrenNolan.com.

Juco transfer Alex Detz, about whom I wrote last week, continues to tear it up at the plate. He was 6 of 12 with four RBIs in the four-game series versus Saint Joseph’s, and he leads the team in hitting (.447), on-base percentage (.577), doubles (4), walks (13) and RBIs (16).

Speaking of impressive stats, MSU’s pitchers allowed only two earned runs in 36 innings against Saint Joseph’s, which works out to a 0.50 ERA. On the season, the Bulldogs’ ERA is 1.27.

• In today’s Journal is my weekly basketball rewind, and you can also find our hoops lookahead. It’s the final week of the regular season, and MSU (8-20, 3-13 SEC) is trying to improve its seeding position for the SEC Tournament. It can’t go any higher than the 12th seed, as it’s tied for last in the league with South Carolina and Auburn. And those just happen to be this week’s opponents.

Programming note: We will hear from coach Rick Ray on the SEC coaches teleconference later this morning, but his weekly press conference has been moved to Tuesday.

• In track and field, MSU sprinter D’Angelo Cherry took home some big-time hardware yesterday, winning the 60-meter dash title at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The senior ran a personal-best 6.49 seconds.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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