There's lots of college baseball action this week in the Magnolia State.

Gulf South Conference champ Mississippi College will join host Delta State this week in the opening round of the NCAA Division II South Regional in Lakeland, Florida.  Five other teams will join the Choctaws and the Statesmen in the seven-team tourney.

Jackson State, Alcorn and Mississippi Valley will take part in the SWAC Tournament in New Orleans this week.

The winner gets an NCAA invite. Down in Hattiesburg, William Carey will host the NAIA opening tournament with five teams involved.

LSU-Eunice will host the Region 23 baseball JUCO tournament as Mississippi state champion Pearl River will join Hinds, Itawamba, Meridian and Mississippi Gulf Coast with the winner getting a berth in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

The Jones County Lady Bobcats won the Region 23 tournament and will head this week to the NJCAA World Series. It is the third state and region crown for the Lady Bobcats, who are 49-3 overall. JCJC will appear with 15 other teams in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 16-19 at Traceway Park in Clinton. This will be the sixth time in seven seasons for JCJC to make the national tournament. The win also marks a clean sweep for JCJC women's athletics for the 2017-18 school year. The Lady Bobcat soccer, basketball, softball and tennis teams all won both the MACJC and Region 23 titles during the current athletic year.

Ole Miss swept Auburn to improve to 16-11 in the SEC West baseball race. In the process, Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco earned his 800th career victory, and his 700th at Ole Miss, with Friday night’s win over Auburn. The Rebels will play at last place Alabama (7-20) this week while Arkansas (17-10) has a tough series at Georgia (16-11). Mississippi State (12-15) salvaged the final game of their road series at Kentucky (13-14) this past weekend with an 18-run and 20-hit game. The Bulldogs will host defending national champion Florida (20-7), who has the best record in the Southeastern Conference, beginning Thursday. USM finally lost their first C-USA series of the year when they lost two of three games to Louisiana Tech. The Eagles have a 2 ½ game lead over Tech heading into the final weekend of the regular season. USM plays at Marshall University this weekend.

The MHSAA state championships will begin Wednesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl. This past weekend the MHSAA crowned six state champions in softball, led by Neshoba Central who won their sixth straight fast-pitch state championship in Class 5-A, and also ended their season undefeated at 34-0. DeSoto Central, Kosciusko, Houston, St. Patrick and Hamilton won the other class titles.

Former Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer passed away this past Saturday. He was head coach for 11 years at Ole Miss and was the Rebels' second winningest head coach in school history, trailing only Johnny Vaught. Brewer was at his best against rival Mississippi State as he was 3-0 as a player and 8-3 as the Rebels head coach against the Bulldogs. A memorial service will be held at the Pavilion at Ole Miss on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The NBA Conference Finals have begun with Houston and Golden State battling for the Western Division Crown while Boston and Cleveland will duke it out in the East.

The annual Steve Hull Golf Classic is only a month away (June 7) at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. It’s a four-man scramble and the cost is $150 per person with the registration deadline of June 1. For more information contact Lindsey Hall at (601) 616-0860.

Dale McKee, a resident of Waynesboro, has covered Mississippi sports for more than 40 years. He writes a weekly sports column. You can contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com