On the Baseball Links, Etc.

A fire alarm went off early Friday morning at the New Albany hotel where Mississippi State’s team was staying. Turns out a chandelier in the lobby caught fire. Turns out the early wake-up call did nothing to hinder the Bulldogs in their late-night meeting with Ole Miss.

Heavy afternoon rains turned Swayze Field into Swayze Pond, delaying the game’s start by an hour. That didn’t bother the Bulldogs either, as they rolled to a 7-3 win to clinch the series. (Great job by Parrish Alford getting that story filed right before deadline.)

I had a column (that was filed before the game went final) looking at MSU’s dominance of Ole Miss this past year, and some history could be made tonight in Game 3 (7 p.m., SportSouth). Never has State swept the Rebels in the big three sports, but right now it’s 6-0. MSU folks love to say that Mississippi is “our state,” and that’s certainly been the case on the playing fields of late.

But what does this mean in the tight SEC West? Arkansas beat South Carolina last night to take sole possession of first place at 13-12. Alabama (12-12) was rained out, and the Tide will play a noon doubleheader today against Auburn (11-13).

So at 13-13, MSU is tied for second place, a half-game behind Arkansas. Ole Miss has slipped to 11-15. The Hogs have been hot, and South Carolina has not, but that series is at Columbia, and so MSU could easily be in first place by the time this weekend is up.

• Over on Parrish’s blog, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco says MSU won in every phase of the game.

• Here’s my story on the lawsuit filed by ex-Bulldog Forrest Moore against MSU and baseball coach John Cohen. As the story notes, I got a response from the NCAA, but it was only a no-comment.

• Let’s not forget about the men’s tennis team, which beat Florida State yesterday in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs take on host Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. today.

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