REWIND: Mississippi State: 25-18 (8-13 SEC)

• Looking back: MSU lost two of three to Alabama at home. Both of the losses came on Saturday in a rare scheduled doubleheader, and both by scores of 5-4. On Sunday, the Bulldogs rallied late to pull out an 8-5 win.
• Looking ahead: MSU visits South Alabama (22-21) tonight at 6, then remains on the road for a three-game set at Tennessee starting Friday. The opener is slated for a 5 p.m. start, with Saturday’s game at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1 p.m. The finale will air on SportsSouth.
• Who’s hot: Senior Nick Vickerson, who played second base all weekend, was 8 of 15 at the plate against Alabama with two RBIs, and he upped his batting average to .290. Outfielder Jaron Shepherd, a senior, was also hot. In two games, he was 5 of 8 and smashed his first two home runs of the year.
• Who’s not: Catcher Wes Thigpen was 2 of 10 in Saturday’s doubleheader with one RBI, and he sat out Sunday. He’s hitting .265 on the season.
• RPI watch: State dropped only a couple of spots this week to 29th in the country – seventh among SEC teams – according to BoydsWorld.com.
The Bulldogs could drop a little more this weekend, because Tennessee is 87th.
• Bottom line: MSU has lost 11 of its last 15 SEC games and won only one series in league play, yet it remains two games out of the first in the Western Division, which is led by Alabama and Arkansas, who are both 10-11. So there’s a lot to play for, and Sunday’s comeback win was a reminder that it’s tough to keep this team down no matter how many bad breaks it gets.

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