STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to clinch a spot in the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament, No. 18 Mississippi State baseball (31-18, 14-10 SEC) will welcome Tennessee (28-18, 10-14 SEC) to town Friday for a three-game conference series. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dudy Noble Field, followed by a 6 p.m. start time Saturday. The three-game tilt wraps up Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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Live Video and Television
Friday’s game will be streamed live at HailStateTV.com. Saturday’s contest will air live on CSS and ESPN3. Sunday’s series finale will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and HailStateTV.com.
Live Audio and Radio
The series will be available on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network and at HailStateTV.com.
Tickets and Promotions
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at HailState.com/tickets. Saturday is the Senior Day Celebration and “Hawaiian Shirt Day” in the outfielde.
Friday – Jr. RHP Trevor Fitts (4-2, 2.62 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Hunter Martin (3-3, 2.85 ERA)
Saturday – RJr. LHP Ross Mitchell (7-4, 2.12 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Nick Williams (5-4, 3.73 ERA)
Sunday – TBA vs. So. LHP Andy Cox (4-1, 1.87 ERA)
Fans can follow the series 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 – 18th in Collegiate Baseball, 21st in Baseball America, NCBWA and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and 22nd in Perfect Game
Tennessee – Unranked
Latest RPI Rankings (Warren Nolan)
Mississippi State – 37
Tennessee – 41
Need to Know
· Mississippi State’s 14-10 SEC record through 24 league games is its best since the 2007 College World Series squad also started 14-10.
· The Bulldogs enter this weekend having won a school-record eight-straight games against the Tennessee Volunteers.
· Seniors C.T. Bradford and Demarcus Henderson have collected the most wins in a four-year stretch (160) since 1998-2001 (164), while also tallying the most SEC victories (60) in a four-year span since 2001-04 (61).
· Redshirt junior All-American LHP Ross Mitchell is the reigning SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week, joining LSU All-American Aaron Nola as the only three-time winners of the weekly award this season.
· Junior All-American closer Jonathan Holder is seven saves shy of tying South Carolina’s Matt Price (43 from 2009-12) for the most career saves in SEC history.
· All-SEC second baseman Brett Pirtle has hit safely in 43 of 49 games this season.
· Pirtle has reached base safely in 54-straight games vs. SEC opponents dating back to last season.
· The Maroon and White are outscoring their opponents 39-10 in redshirt sophomore RHP Preston Brown’s last 40.0 innings, with Brown going 4-1 during that stretch.
· Freshman All-American candidate Gavin Collins is hitting .333 (17-for-51) in 19 SEC games with a team-high .510 slugging percentage.
· Junior lefty Jacob Lindgren has recorded a nation-leading ratio of 17.3 strikeouts per nine innings and leads the SEC in conference games only with a 0.75 ERA and an opponent batting average of .110.
· Senior Alex Detz has 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.