May 7, 2012 11:43:37 AM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University baseball program has re-entered Baseball America's Top 25 rankings in the final spot today.
The Bulldogs (29-18, 12-12 in Southeastern Conference), who have won eight of their last 10 games, are ranked No. 25 in the latest Baseball America poll. MSU was in the poll from March 5-12 MSU until they dropped out of the polls after losing four straight games to Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University.
MSU took the first two of three games at the University Alabama this weekend and has won three straight SEC series. The Bulldogs were one out away from its second sweep of the 2012 season before dropping the Sunday finale to the Tide 8-7 in walk-off fashion.
"We are not going to back down from anybody," Cohen said Sunday. "No matter the situation, we are not going to back down from anybody. We used almost everybody on our roster. We should have won a ballgame today. I am pleased with the things that we did as a team that were in our control."
The Bulldogs practiced at 10:30 a.m. this morning for its single game Tuesday against Mississippi Valley State University scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
MSU will make its first return to Gainesville, Fla. for the first time since last year's Super Regional against the Gators this weekend. The Bulldogs travel to No. 6 Florida (35-13, 14-10), which jumped one spot in the BA poll. MSU closes the regular season at home with a series against No. 7 Kentucky (37-11, 15-9) starting on Thursday, May 17.
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