There's always next year.
After Mississippi State started SEC play winning its first three series, the Dogs headed to Baton Rouge this weekend to take its annual shot at downing the Tigers of LSU. State looked like it may have a strong shot at winning this weekend after LSU got swept last weekend, but that was not to be, as the Bulldogs lost Friday and Saturday's games to the TIgers.
In the third inning of last night's 2-1 loss, John Cohen got upset with the home plate umpire for not calling catcher's interference when Matthew Britton was batting. The call never happened, and Coach Cohen continued to "talk" in the general direction of the umpire as the next batter, Jake Vickerson, went through his at-bat. Just after Jake ran through the first base bag after a ground out, John Cohen apparently said enough to convince the home plate umpire that he should go home early:
[video via ESPN]
Cohen obviously was not happy with that, as he sprinted out to discuss things further with the blue before he was escorted out. I've never been good at lip reading, but it looks like he says "I never said a word. I was talking to my guy." Twitter friend Jerome Nettles said he read this in full: "I never said a word. I was talking to my guy. I was talking to MY guy. You're a bad umpire." Awesome
Cohen's getting tossed and his frustration in the moment may be a perfect personification for how MSU fans feel after the first two games of this weekend's series. State has not taken a weekend series from LSU since 2006, and this weekend was just another round of the same. The Friday loss, to me, is more understandable because the Bulldogs went up against maybe the nation's best pitcher in Aaron Nola. But Saturday, State's bats continued to be cold, as Ross Mitchell got just one run of support for another solid outing.
Yes, the weekend is very frustrating, but let's not forget that this team is now 3-1 in weekend SEC series. The lack of offense is definitely concerning, but there's still plenty of reason not to jump ship over a frustrating weekend loss to LSU. There's a strong chance that rain could wash away today's series finale, and if that does indeed come true, MSU will return to action against Southern Miss at Trustmark Park on Tuesday before taking on Ole Miss in a big weekend series next weekend for Super Bulldog Weekend.
Hail State, and Hail Angry John Cohen