Looking back: The Diamond Dogs pummeled Georgia 9-2 on Friday but dropped back-to-back 4-1 decisions the next two days in Athens to lose the series.
Looking ahead: MSU takes on Troy at home tonight at 6:30 before closing out the regular season hosting LSU. The series starts Thursday at 6 p.m. on SEC Network, Game 2 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s finale at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Bulldogs trail the Tigers by a game in the SEC West race, can clinch with a sweep.
Ranking: State slipped one spot to No. 8 in the D1Baseball.com poll.
RPI: Mississippi State dropped eight positions to 24th in the latest D1Baseball.com standings.
MVP: Konnor Pilkington pitched eight shutout innings to win Friday’s game at Georgia. It was a bounce-back outing for the sophomore left-hander from Hurley, who scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Pilkington improved to 6-4 on the year with a 3.44 earned run average, 91 strikeouts and 35 walks in 81 innings of work on the year. He is tied for fifth in the SEC in strikeouts and opposing batters are hitting just .197 against him.