No. 21 ranked Mississippi State (14-5) dropped two midweek games to Southeastern Louisiana (13-5) on the  road this week as the Dawgs prepare for conference play this weekend at LSU. 

After loosing a 4-3 contest on Tuesday night, State was whiffed 5-1 on Wednesday night. 

With a young team and key injuries early in the year - head coach John Cohen knows each game is a learning  experience but this team has to grow up fast as it's now time for SEC play.

 “We didn’t do a good enough job with runners in scoring position,” Cohen said. “When you have a young club, sometimes they go up there swinging the fences. Sometimes, you try to do too much too quickly. We talked about that in the pregame. We talked about being patient and doing the little things. You like the aggressive attitude, but we have to find a way to be more efficient.”

With a bevy of freshman and sophomore starters this team is going to take some lumps but Cohen does not believe in excuses.

We are not going to use our youth as an excuse,” Cohen said. “We are going to continue to show up and battle. I feel really good about the kids we have in our program. We have had some injuries but that has allowed
 others an  opportunity to step up.”

These young players get just that opportunity to step up this weekend as the Bulldogs and LSU Tigers will play at 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday  from Alex Box Stadium Baton Rouge, La.