Mississippi State’s biggest weekend of the year got an early start last week and has now, sadly, drawn to a close. Somewhere between the barbecued pigs, sunburned faces and tailgate tents the Bulldogs ran through more than dozen games and events, both in Starkville and out.
Because I was hardly able to keep up myself and it’s my job, we’ll recap Super Bulldog Weekend here as best we can, with all the links you could ever want.
So many story-lines in this series. Game one didn’t finish until the wee hours of the night after game two had already been decided on Friday because the series started Thursday. But, MSU came out of the odd circumstances tied 1-1 with Auburn entering the final game of the series on Saturday when Dudy Noble had its second-largest crowd ever, also the second-biggest in NCAA history. If the list is to be trusted, MSU now has all 10 of the Top 10 biggest crowds in college baseball history. That’s pretty dang impressive.
Oh, and the Diamond Dawgs won the rubber match, taking the series and setting themselves up as they build toward a potential regional host.
With only half of Davis Wade Stadium, 21,000 filled up the east side as the White team beat the Maroon team 38-28. What does that actually mean? Glad you asked, as a full recap with stats and the like is here for your reading pleasure. I’ll have some more extensive reviews of MSU’s spring practices in the coming days.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams played in the SEC Championships this weekend, and both managed to earn Top-5 finishes as they now look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. A full recap of the men’s team success is here, and the story of the women’s team led by sophomore Ally McDonald is online here.
Vann Stuedeman’s team got a huge win over No. 4 Alabama on Friday evening to start the series and nearly knocked off the defending national champs again on Sunday before the Tide put across the game and series-winning run in the final inning in Tuscaloosa.
Track and Field
MSU’s track team was in Oxford of all places during Super Bulldog Weekend, but despite the less-than-friendly locale, did manage to pick up eight individual victories in a successful Saturday of work.
The men’s team now has turned its attention to the NCAA Tournament after a tough, night-long loss to highly-ranked Kentucky in its first match of the SEC Tourney.
Under new head coach Aaron Gordon, the Bulldogs tied 1-1 with Southern Miss in an exhibition on campus, finishing out the spring season of competition.