Welcome to More Cowbell, SEC Country’s daily Mississippi State podcast with host Brandon Walker.
Mississippi State’s baseball team did it again. One week after dropping a home series to Auburn, MSU went on the road and reclaimed its spot atop the Southeastern Conference race with a series win at Texas A&M. The Bulldogs bounced back after losing Game 1 in College Station, winning the series on the strength of timely hitting and clutch pitching. With the win, MSU is all the way up to No. 6 in the country and is locked in a tie with Florida for first place in the SEC with two weeks to go.
So how is MSU doing this? With a first-year coach, a pitching staff decimated by injury and a lineup that replaced seven starters from a year ago, MSU had every excuse to be down this year. Instead, coach Andy Cannizaro is leading one of the best teams in the conference. For weeks, podcast host Brandon Walker has said that MSU’s season defies the numbers and spits in the face of statistics, and he used the ‘overachievers’ level. But after this weekend, that label should go away for good.
Elsewhere, MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald received positive press this week, ranking near the top of SEC Country’s post-spring SEC power poll among quarterbacks. How high does he rank and does he deserve it? Brandon breaks that down.