On the weekend State sandwiched impressive 4-1 and 4-0 wins around an 8-7 loss in a game that saw MSU battle back into contention after falling behind 7-0. Senior Alan Johnson pitched eight strong innings and junior relief man Brett Cleveland earned his first save of the campaign in MSU's series-opening 4-1 win over the Tigers. State also got a career-best five-inning, two-hit shutout relief pitching performance from freshman lefty Justin Pigott.
The Super Bulldog Weekend series drew a season-best paid attendance of 25,171, including 10,958 on Saturday, the 11th-largest attendance in Dudy Noble Field history.
The Indians dropped two of three games at home last weekend to Southland Conference foe Lamar. James Bennett (.333) paces the Indians in extra-base hits (16), triples (5), home runs (7), RBI (24), walks (21) and slugging percentage (.625).
Bulldog juniors Brad Jones (.290) and Thomas Berkery (.333) paced State at the plate in last weekend's series against Auburn. Jones had five hits and hit .455 for the weekend while Berkery laced five hits and with three runs batted in raised his team-leading RBI total to 26.
The 3-1 showing on the diamond last week helped boost the Bulldogs in the latest rankings for college baseball. MSU climbed to 21st (NCBWA), 22nd (Collegiate Baseball) and 24th (Baseball Weekly/ESPN and baseball America) this week.
Mississippi State closes out its five-game home stand Wednesday against Samford, with senior lefty Eric Ebers (0-0, 5.00) due to draw his first start of the season.