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Sunday Afternoon Atlanta Regional Notebook

Sunday Afternoon Atlanta Regional Notebook

THE MAGIC NUMBER: Mississippi State's regional-opening win over Southern Mississippi was an exception to the season's trend. No, not in beating an in-state foe or even the shutout (read related notes to follow), but because the Bulldogs won on just three runs. Typically, State has had to score six runs to be sure of success.

Including Saturday night's 8-3 victory over Austin Peay State, these Bulldogs are 16-1 when reaching the six-run mark or better. The only exception was back on March 5 in a 7-6 loss to Iowa. Coach John Cohen doesn't have to look at the season stat sheets to know this fact. "Because Nick Mingione and Lane Burroughs talk about that all the time," the head coach said. "I'm one of those people that...

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