STARKVILLE, Miss. – Halfway through the grueling Southeastern Conference schedule, the No. 22 Mississippi State baseball team looks to rise in the standings this weekend with a three-game series at Missouri. First pitch in game one of the series is Friday at 6 p.m. CT at Taylor Stadium at Simmons Field. Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. CT, followed by Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m.
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The series marks the first time the two teams have battled in the regular season as SEC opponents. In their last meeting together, State defeated Mizzou at the 2013 SEC Tournament by a score of 2-1 in 17 innings on May 21. With five series left in conference play, the Maroon and White (7-8) are three games back from first-place Alabama (10-5), while the Black and Gold are four games out (6-9).
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Live Video and Television
Friday’s game will be televised live on MC 22 TV in the Missouri area. The Mizzou Network will also live stream video of all three games.
Live Audio and Radio
All three games this weekend will be available on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network. Fans with HailStateTV subscriptions can also listen to the series via live streaming audio at HailStateTV.com.
Tickets and Promotions
Tickets are still available for the Missouri series and can be purchased at the Missouri online ticket office.
Friday – Jr. RHP Trevor Fitts (2-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP Brett Graves (3-2, 2.67 ERA)
Saturday – RJr. LHP Ross Mitchell (5-3, 2.15 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP John Miles (2-4, 5.25 ERA)
Sunday – TBA vs. Sr. RHP Eric Anderson (2-2, 3.15 ERA)
Fans can follow the Bulldogs on the road 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 – 22nd in Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game, 24th in Baseball America and Receiving Votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Missouri – Unranked
Need to Know
This weekend marks the first time MSU skipper John Cohen has coached a game at Missouri since serving as a GA there from 1992-94 and as an assistant coach from 1995-97
All-SEC outfielder candidate Derrick Armstrong has reached base safely in a career-best 12-straight games, a span in which he is hitting .455 (20-for-44)
All-SEC second-baseman candidate Brett Pirtle has reached base safely in 44-consecutive games against SEC opponents dating back to March 29, 2013 vs. Arkansas
Pirtle enters the Missouri series having reached base safely in a season-best 19-straight games.
All-SEC Freshman candidate Gavin Collins is 10-for-29 (.345) in 11 SEC games with five doubles