With two weeks remaining, Mississippi State still has plenty to fight for

Heading into the weekend series with LSU, Mississippi State Baseball is at a crossroads within the programs. For a second season since winning the National Championship in 2021, Mississippi State has had an embarrassingly terrible season. Everything from being run-ruled multiple times this season swept at home, and just downright embarrassed by teams that Mississippi State as a program should not be embarrassed by. Now, Mississippi State faces the tall task of traveling to Alex Box Stadium for a three-game series against the favorite to win the College World Series. If the SEC tournament were to start today, Mississippi State would join Ole Miss as the second team to miss the cut in Hoover for a second season.

As embarrassing as it is, not much can change with just six games remaining in the regular season. Sure, Mississippi State could shock the world this weekend, taking the series against LSU and potentially earning a bid to the 2023 SEC Baseball Tournament, yet they would still miss the NCAA Tournament. For Mississippi State to reach the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs must play in the SEC Tournament. Once in the SEC Tournament, Mississippi State will have to go on a run of a lifetime and win the 2023 SEC Baseball Tournament. Without that automatic bid, Mississippi State will be at home taking in the wounds of the 2023 season.

So, what happened this season for Mississippi State? At this point, who knows? Mississippi State struggled with pitching and wasted away a damn good offensive unit. A few weeks ago, Head Coach Chris Lemonis fired Pitching Coach Scott Foxhall due to underperformance from his pitching staff in 2022 and 2023. Many thought this was Coach Lemonis’s way of saving his job for one more season. Those around the program have hinted that it might give Coach one more season as the Head Coach of Mississippi State Baseball. However, another weekend like last weekend and the Bulldogs could be searching for another Head Coach following next weekend.

Mississippi State has two weekends left to make a stand in the sand to reach the postseason. For reference sake, Ole Miss was the last team in the NCAA Tournament last season, and the Rebels got hot and won the National Championship. There’s no doubt that Mississippi State can repeat that this season; the Bulldogs certainly have the skill set to do it on the offensive side but will need to figure out pitching in a hostile Alex Box Stadium on Friday night. It won’t be easy, but the path to the postseason is there for Mississippi State; they control their destiny.

A win on Friday night and the Bulldogs could be cooking a special weekend down on the Bayou. An expected loss and the mood around the locker room could worsen, creating an impossible mountain to overcome.

The first pitch for Mississippi State and LSU will be at 7:30 on Friday night.

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