GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steady rain in Gainesville, Fla., Friday forced the postponement of the series-opening SEC baseball game between No. 12 Mississippi State (29-10-1, 11-6 SEC) and No. 23 Florida (29-12-1, 8-9-1 SEC).
The game has been rescheduled as a Saturday doubleheader, with the postponed game set for an 11:15 a.m. (CDT) start and the second game, to be televised live in Florida by Sunshine Network, to begin as scheduled at 3 p.m. (CDT). Both Florida, coached by former MSU assistant and head coach Pat MacMahon, and Mississippi State are bidding to become the SEC's third 30-game winner this season.
The rainout marks the second straight weekend that rain has impacted Mississippi State's Friday night SEC series-opener on the road. The opening game of last week's set at South Carolina was halted due to rain after six innings and resumed Saturday.
MSU Junior lefty Paul Maholm (6-1, 1.46), the SEC leader in earned run average, will start the opener for State while sophomore right-hander Alan Johnson (4-2, 3.74) is slated to take the hill in the second game.
The series concludes Sunday with a Noon (CDT) contest, with sophomore left-hander Todd Nicholas (4-1, 2.68) scheduled to pitch for the Bulldogs.