– Looking back: Mississippi State got the mid-week off, then played its best weekend of baseball during the John Cohen era by sweeping then-No. 22 Auburn in Starkville. The scores: 6-5, 15-8 and 5-0. It was MSU’s first sweep of an SEC foe in four years.
– Looking ahead: State steps out of conference tonight against Alabama A&M, then hits the road to Georgia (11-13, 3-3). The Athens Bulldogs just took two of three from LSU. Friday’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., Saturday’s at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1 p.m.
– Who’s hot: Several Bulldogs wielded a big bat over the weekend, as State hit .387 and scored 24 of its 27 runs with two outs. The biggest producer was senior shortstop Jonathan Ogden: He was 7 of 12 (.583) with a double, a home run and five RBIs in three games. For the season, Ogden is batting .321 and has a team-leading four homers.
– Who’s not: Friday starter Devin Jones has had two bad outings in a row. In a combined 61⁄3 innings, the junior has given up 12 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits for an ERA of 14.22. For the season, Jones is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA.
– RPI watch: The Bulldogs jumped six spots this week to 27th in the country, according to boydsworld.com – sweeping a team that entered the weekend fifth in RPI obviously helped. Georgia checks in at 26th.
– Bottom line: MSU, which has won four in a row, is starting to resemble the team Cohen has been promising the past two-plus years. There are still concerns with the pitching, but the talent level there has clearly been raised, and no questioning the desire of the players to keep building on the sweep.
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