One thing is for certain — Mississippians love their college baseball.
In what turned out to be an epic series between Mississippi State (22-15, 5-10 SEC) and Ole Miss (20-16, 3-12 SEC) during Super Bulldog Weekend, MSU fans showed out in droves to watch their team take on their in-state rival and exit the basement of the SEC standings.
Following Ole Miss’ 3-2 victory on Friday night, an NCAA-record 16,423 fans showed up on Saturday to witness Mississippi State walk off the Rebels 8-7.
Prior to Saturday’s record-breaking crowd, MSU faithful had the standing all-time record for college baseball attendance when 15,586 fans watched the Bulldogs take on the Rebels on April 12, 2014. Mississippi State currently holds 23 of the top 25 attendance records in college baseball history.
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On Sunday, MSU carried the momentum from game two into the rubber match, defeating Ole Miss 5-3 to claim nine consecutive series’ against their in-state nemesis.
The Bulldogs’ series win placed them at fifth in the SEC West standings and kept hopes of playing postseason baseball alive. Meanwhile, for Ole Miss, the Rebels now sit alone in the cellar of the division with expectations of a post-season berth all but eliminated.
Overall, 43,986 fans attended the three-game set between the two teams, proving that college baseball and Mississippi go hand-in-hand.