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UPDATED: Cockrell back from injury, to start game 1 for Southern Miss

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 Southern Miss right-hander Cord Cockrell will start game one on Thursday at Florida International.
ROGELIO SOLIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS Southern Miss right-hander Cord Cockrell will start game one on Thursday at Florida International. AP

Senior right-hander Cord Cockrell was announced as the Southern Miss starting pitcher for Thursday's game one of the series at Florida International.

Cockrell's status was in question for the rest of the season after he left his start two weeks ago with shoulder soreness, but he's now apparently healthy enough to contribute. His return is a major boost to a USM team (36-15, 20-7) that sits in first place in Conference USA headed into the final weekend of the series.

Cockrell has been USM's Friday night starter for much of the season and has a record of 7-1 and an ERA of 3.55 in 12 starts.

Game one of the FIU series is set for 5:30 p.m. in Miami.

USM hosts the Conference USA Tournament on May 25-29 in Hattiesburg.

Kirk McCarty (6-0, 2.95 ERA) will throw Friday and Walker Powell (4-2, 3.06) will throw Saturday.

Ole Miss at Texas A&M

Ole Miss (39-13, 17-10) will head to College Station, Texas, to conclude the 2016 regular season with a tough task against the Texas A&M Aggies ahead.

Thursday's 6:02 p.m. start will feature Brigham Hill (6-1, 2.18) against Ole Miss' Brady Bramlett (7-2, 2.91).

Ole Miss will send David Parkinson (4-2, 2.55) to the hill for Friday's 6:32 p.m. start. The Aggies (39-12, 18-9) will counter with Turner Larkins (2-0, 2.08). The series concludes at 2:02 p.m. Saturday with Kyle Simonds (8-2, 2.88) against Chad Smith (4-4, 4.18).

Both the Aggies-Rebels and Mississippi State-Arkansas series will have big impacts on the final SEC standings. Texas A&M and MSU are currently tied atop the SEC West with Ole Miss and LSU one game back. Florida (18-8) holds the overall SEC lead with South Carolina (17-9) closely behind.

Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

The Bulldogs (37-14-1, 18-9) will host Arkansas (26-26, 7-20). Thursday and Friday's games are set for 6:30 p.m. starts. Saturday's game has a 5 p.m. first pitch.

Dakota Hudson (8-3, 2.52) and Austin Sexton (6-2, 3.69) will take the mound for the first two games. The Bulldogs haven't announced a Saturday starter but it will likely be former East Central ace Konner Pilkington (3-1, 1.79).

Arkansas had not announced its starting rotation as of deadline.

In last weekend's sweep against Alabama, the Hogs started Dominic Taccolini (5-4, 5.81), Keaton McKinney (1-5, 6.66) and Blaine Knight (2-1, 3.05). Taccolini and McKinney didn't make it to the fifth inning and Knight was pulled before the sixth.

Sun Herald sports reporter Patrick Ochs contributed to this report.

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