Cody Brown (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Bulldogs Will Open New Week Atop League Ladder

The Saturday weather wasn’t nearly so fierce as forecast. The Diamond Dogs didn’t care. Not when they had the whole unexpected day off to not only relax, but enjoy their ascent to first place in the SEC standings.

By virtue of an expedited series, and more importantly their tense sweep of visiting Alabama, the Bulldogs walked off Dudy Noble Field in Saturday’s wee hours the new league leaders. They still are with results from other SEC series tallied.

Mississippi State (13-5) will also go into the seventh week of conference season no worse than tied for first. That depends on what happens Sunday afternoon (3:00ct) at Auburn where the home team and Arkansas play a rubber game. Arkansas (now 12-5) bounced-back from their Friday loss to even the series and pulled within a game of the Bulldogs.

Arkansas, of course, is responsible for three of Mississippi State’s league losses from the opening weekend of SEC season. Coach Andy Cannizaro’s club clearly recovered just fine, winning these past five-straight series and going 13-2 in the process with sweeps of Tennessee, Ole Miss, and now Alabama.

The defending SEC Champions have now won 14 of their last 16 SEC series.

Auburn (11-6) can drag Arkansas back into a tie by winning Sunday’s game-three. As of now the Tigers are tied with the East Division leader Kentucky (11-6). Divisions do matter since the two leaders will be either first or second seed in the SEC Tournament, and certainly in stronger position to earn a #1 NCAA seed to host a first-round Regional.

The weekend’s weather adjusted a number of other series. Most interestingly, LSU and Kentucky played a Friday twinbill and split it; but the third game was left on Sunday (noon central).

Remember, standings are set by percentage and not total wins. And oddly there have been no rainouts yet in the 2017 league season. Yet.

 

SEC STANDINGS through April 22

1.Mississippi State 13-5

2.Arkansas 12-5

3.Auburn, Kentucky 11-6

5.Florida 10-8

6.LSU, Texas A&M 10-7

8.South Carolina, Vanderbilt 9-9

10.Ole Miss, Missouri 8-9

12.Georgia 5-13

13.Tennessee 4-13

14.Alabama 2-16

 

NEXT WEEKEND’S SCHEDULE:

(Thu) Ole Miss @ Arkansas

(Thu) LSU @ Alabama

Auburn @ Mississippi State

Florida @ Georgia

Kentucky @ South Carolina

Texas A&M @ Missouri

Tennessee @ Vanderbilt


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