Calling the last few days a busy weekend for Mississippi State would be quite the understatement, and simply referring to this week’s schedule as “full” would be a disservice to the truth.
Counting football’s Gator Bowl on January 1, MSU is now up to six teams playing in the postseason in 2013 before June even hits, and it’s likely to add a seventh when baseball concludes the regular season. Not to mention the two National Champions on the track and field teams still in action.
And almost all of it is going on now, just as the weather is warming up. Gotta love it.
A quick recap of the weekend before getting into the rest of this week.
– MSU’s women’s golf team had one of the best single-day performances of any team on campus over the weekend, posting an incredible final round on Saturday to secure a third place finish in the central regional and the first-ever berth in the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Ally McDonald was a school-record 10-under par for the weekend, winning the individual championship in the regional.
The team entered Saturday tied for sixth and one shot away from postseason elimination, then the Bulldogs had the second-bets team round in school history, firing off a 7-under par day and securing a third place finish.
– In Starkville, Per Nilsson and the men’s tennis team took down Harvard in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the prestigious Round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Ranked No. 10 in the country, MSU will play Tennessee in Illinois this weekend.
– In Columbia, Missouri, home of one of the newest teams in the conference, MSU’s track and field teams had a big showing in the SEC Championships. Bulldogs had four top-five finishes on the final day of competition. MSU is off this weekend, then hits the road to North Carolina for the NCAA East Preliminary competition on May 23-25.
– Meanwhile, in Starkville, I was with the softball team late Sunday night as they earned their second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs will be in the Mobile regional hosted by South Alabama and will play Florida State in their first game at 3:30 on Friday.
– And, oh yeah, MSU and Ole Miss baseball had quite an entertaining series over the weekend. The final game of the series was a fun one, as Ole Miss built up a 6-0 lead, then MSU scored seven unanswered to win the game 7-6 in dramatic fashion. State lost the weather-altered series, but stayed in good position for hosting an NCAA Regional if things go well over the next four games. Racking up 27 hits in the final two games of the series, MSU is hoping to carry some of that momentum into Tuesday’s game against Oral Roberts and the massive regular-season finale against South Carolina in Starkville this weekend. A reminder: that series begins on Thursday (Hawaiian T-shirt Night!), not Friday. Plan accordingly.
How can you keep up with everything? Carefully. And Twitter is the easiest way to follow along with the up-to-the-minute happenings. Find me @bobcarskadon for news and bad jokes, and find the individual team Twitter pages for news without bad jokes.
In the meantime, I’ll be working on stories – and have already written a couple – on everything going on the next several days.
The men’s golf team got a well-earned break over the weekend, but they begin play in the NCAA Tournament in the Baton Rouge regional on Thursday. Between them and everyone else, there are well into double-digit MSU events going on over the next five days.
I’ll try to keep up.