Mississippi State has 18 Southeastern Conference games remaining this season, and the Bulldogs will have to perform well in all 18 to have a chance at the postseason.
According to Warren Nolan, the Bulldogs are ranked 118 in the RPI standings, last in the league. However, MSU is third in the SEC West, just 4 1/2 games behind Texas A&M.
The Bulldogs can make up ground in both the RPI and the SEC West standings, as they travel to College Station, Texas, this weekend to take on the No. 1 Aggies.
“There’s urgency for every game,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “There’s no question that our team has a sense of urgency, I think sometimes too much. We have to play our best and we have to find the combinations that allow us to do so.”
Today’s game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Saturday’s contest will start at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. All three games can be seen on SEC Network+.
After A&M, the schedule isn’t easier, but it will be more opportunities for MSU to up its RPI. The Bulldog players like that.
“We all kind of know where we stand,” MSU senior outfielder Jake Vickerson said. “We play some big teams coming up, obviously starting with A&M. We have an opportunity to obviously work on that and take care of that. It’s kind of in our own hands.”
Friday – MSU senior LHP Lucas Laster (4-1, 2.53 ERA) vs. A&M junior RHP Grayson Long (6-0, 2.45 ERA)
Saturday – MSU junior RHP Preston Brown (4-3, 4.18 ERA) vs. A&M junior RHP Kyle Simonds (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday – MSU sophomore LHP Vance Tatum (3-1, 3.83 ERA) vs. A&M junior Matt Kent (6-0, 3.14 ERA)