Mississippi State: 25-29 (9-20 SEC)

n Looking back: Mississippi State went up to Memphis on Tuesday and defeated the Tigers 6-5.
Then came the SEC finale against LSU, which started Thursday. The first two games were close, with LSU winning the opener 5-4 and MSU taking the next one 8-7. It was all Tigers on Saturday, though, as Leon Landry belted three home runs in a 15-4 decision.
MSU’s bullpen showed once again that it has much work ahead. It was largely responsible for blowing a four-run lead in the ninth on Friday, wasting a fine outing by freshman Nick Routt.
The offense was up and down, as it has been most of the season. Of MSU’s 30 hits on the weekend, 13 came in Friday’s win against LSU ace Louis Coleman.
n Looking ahead: The Bulldogs are looking ahead to next season, since they didn’t qualify for the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive year. Also for the second consecutive year, State finished with the worst record in SEC play, so first-year coach John Cohen has nowhere to go but up.
n MVP: The defense made only one error all weekend. MSU’s had some spectacular miscues in the field this year, but it didn’t give LSU much extra help. Freshman Frankie Rawdow, who started the final seven games of the season for an injured Ryan Powers, looked especially sharp.
Brad Locke

Brad Locke