Governor's Cup Preview

By: MSU Media Relations
By: MSU Media Relations

Coming off its first Southeastern Conference sweep of 2014, the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team travels to Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., for an in-state battle against No. 12 Ole Miss Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The Maroon and White will serve as the home team and occupy the third-base dugout.

Cohen’s Quote

“The game on Tuesday is a tough one. We are going to compete our hearts out. Sometimes when you’re at your most tired and at the end of your rope, you can reach down deep and really do some special things. Hopefully we’ll come out Tuesday and play well.”

Live Video and Television

Tuesday’s game will not be televised or streamed.

Live Audio and Radio

The Bulldogs battle against the Rebels will be broadcast live on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network. Fans with HailStateTV subscriptions can also listen to the contest via live streaming audio at

Tickets and Promotions

Tickets are still available for the game in Pearl and can be purchased at

Probable Starters

Mississippi State – TBA

Ole Miss – Sr. LHP Jeremy Massie (2-2, 2.34 ERA)

Social Media

Fans can follow the game on social media by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.


Mississippi State – 20th in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game; 21st in NCBWA and 22nd in USA Today Coaches’ Poll

Ole Miss – 12th in Collegiate Baseball, 13th in USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 16th in Baseball America and Perfect Game and 18th in NCBWA

Series History

Series Record 243-201-5

In Starkville 121-80-1

In Oxford 90-97-3

Neutral Sites 32-24-1

1-Run Games 61-63

2-Run Games 37-36

Shutouts 40-29-2

Most Runs, Mississippi State 27, 1983

Most Runs, Ole Miss 19, 2010

Margin, Mississippi State 17,1983 and 1990

Margin, Ole Miss 13, 1960

Longest Win Streak, Mississippi State 12 Games, 1932-37

Longest Win Streak, Ole Miss 7 Games, 1955-56

Current Streak Ole Miss, 1 Game

Player to Watch: Cody Brown

· Moved to the leadoff spot last Tuesday, setting the table for a 4-0 week, hitting .375 (6-for-16) with six runs, five walks, four RBIs, three stolen bases, a double and a triple.

· Recorded a .563 slugging percentage and a .500 OBP during the week as well.

· Tied SEC individual season highs and set career highs with four walks and four runs April 15 in the victory against Alcorn State, while also tallying one hit, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

· Became the Bulldog with four walks since All-American Adam Frazier in March 2012 and the first MSU player with four runs since All-American Hunter Renfroe in April 2013.

· Tallied a career-high four hits and a triple April 19 in the win at Missouri, while also recording two singles, a double, a run, a walk and two RBIs.

· Trailing 7-5 in the top of the ninth Sunday at Missouri, Brown ran a 4.08 home-to-first time for an infield single to lead off the inning, eventually scored on the game-tying play that sent the game to extras for an 11th-inning MSU win. Thanks to the momentum Brown gave MSU, the Bulldogs won their first game this season when trailing after eight (1-14).

· In his last 12 starts, Brown is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with 13 runs, 12 walks, seven RBIs, five stolen bases and two doubles.

Mississippi State is 12-4 in his last 16 starts and 5-0 when he hits leadoff.

Player to Watch: C.T. Bradford

Bradford had the most clutch week of his senior career, tallying one game-winning hit and two game-tying hits in four games total.
Tied at 2-2 in the series opener at Missouri April 18, Bradford drove in the game-winning run in the 11th on a single to right field, giving MSU its first SEC Friday night road win in over a year (April 12, 2013 at Texas A&M).
Two days later in the series finale April 20 with his team trailing 7-5 with one out in the top of the ninth, Bradford tied the game at seven with a first-pitch two-RBI single to right field, giving MSU new life in an eventual 9-7, 11-inning win.
Earlier in the game April 20, with MSU trailing 2-1, Bradford tied it up at 2-2 in the fourth with a first pitch RBI single to center.
With a runner in scoring position, in the 11th inning of a 7-7 game April 20, Missouri refused to pitch to him and intentionally walked him.
Bradford scored on the game-winning play later in the frame, plating the ninth and final run for the Bulldogs.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning against Alcorn State April 15, Bradford rifled a laser from center field to throw out the game-tying run at home plate for the final out of the inning. State used the momentum from Bradford’s assist to score 13 unanswered runs the rest of the game in a 16-2 rout, and ride that momentum to MSU’s first weekend sweep on the road in SEC play in over a year.
For the week, Bradford hit .389, recorded a .444 slugging percentage and owned a .450 on-base percentage, going 7-for-18 with four RBIs, two walks, one double, one run and a hit by pitch.
Bradford ended the week on a season-long tying four-game hitting streak and is currently riding a season-high tying streak of reaching base safely in five-consecutive games

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