Mississippi State has a chance at winning the SEC West. That’s because the Bulldogs have won 9 of their last 10.  

Mississippi State (42-10, 18-9 SEC) rolls into the final regular season weekend of baseball trailing Arkansas by one game in the West Division. The Dogs host South Carolina Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the first of three, while the Hogs play at Texas A&M.

State, which won all four games last week, started things with a 10-9 comeback victory over Memphis at home on Wednesday. MSU then swept then-No. 11 Ole Miss on the road, defeating the Rebels by scores of 2-0, 8-5 and 11-5.

The Bulldogs play Louisiana Tech at 6:30 Wednesday night and then host the Gamecocks. After 6:30 p.m. starts Thursday and Friday, they round out the regular season with a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.

State remains at No. 5 in the latest D1Baseball.com top 25 and No 3 in the D1Baseball.com RPI rankings.

Marshall Gilbert, the No. 9-hole hitter, went 4-for-8 at the plate last week with a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored. Gilbert also reached base six additional times via four walks and was hit by a pitch twice. A catcher by trade, the senior from Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been pretty solid defensively since switching to third base the past few weeks. For the season, Gilbert is batting .308 with six doubles, four homers, and 11 RBIs.

State, which won all four games last week, started things with a 10-9 comeback victory over Memphis at home on Wednesday. MSU then swept then-No. 11 Ole Miss on the road, defeating the Rebels by scores of 2-0, 8-5 and 11-5.

nOle Miss: The Rebels (32-20, 15-12) were swept at home by rival Mississippi State last weekend and play at Arkansas State Wednesday night.  They begin the final weekend of SEC play on Thursday at Tennessee. Game times in Knoxville are 5:30, 5:30 and 1 p.m.

The Rebels dropped four spots to No. 15 in the latest release of the D1Baseball.com top 25 and are at No. 28 in the D1Baseball.com RPI.

Grae Kessinger was 5-for-14 last weekend to extend his consecutive on-base streak to 40 games. He hopes to help the Rebels to a successful final weekend.

The top 16 teams in the nation get to host first-round games in the NCAA Tournament.

Dating back to 2014, 23 SEC teams have finished the regular season with at least 18 conference wins. Of those 23 teams, 22 have gone onto host regionals, with the one exception being Mississippi State in 2014. And over that same span, there's only been one exception the other way too, with a 17-win LSU squad earning a host bid in 2014 on the back of an unbeaten performance in the SEC Tournament.

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