Florida - MSU Baseball Game Preview

Mississippi State and Florida face off in the second game of the SEC Baseball Tournament Tuesday afternoon.

Weather - The temperatures should be in the high 80s throughout most of the game. There is a 10% chance for rain. The wind is expected to be from the south at 16 to 18 miles per hour.

Gametime - Tuesday, 30 minutes after the 9:30 am game

Starting Pitchers - Florida will start junior RHP Tommy Toledo (3-3, 3.10 ERA) while Mississippi State will start freshman RHP Evan Mitchell (5-1, 3.48 ERA).

Florida - This will be Toledo's second start of the season. In his start against Florida State he gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 1 in 2.1 innings. Although he only started one game this season, he was one of Florida's regular starters as a freshman in 2008 when he started 11 games, throwing 52.1 innings while allowing 21 earned runs. Of those starts, 8 were against SEC teams. In those 8 games he allowed 20 earned runs in 47 innings for a 3.83 ERA. After sitting out 2009 while recovering from shoulder surgery, he came back in 2010 and started 6 games for the Gators, although only one against an SEC team, Alabama (IP 3.2, R/ER 5/4).

Toledo has faced MSU this year, throwing 0.2 of an inning, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out no one. That is the only time he has faced MSU during his career.

Mississippi State - Although Mitchell has started four games this season, he's only started one SEC game when he threw 0.2 of an inning against Arkansas, giving up 2 runs (both earned) on 3 hits and 0 walks while striking out 1.

He has faced Florida this season, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 1 in 3.0 innings of relief.

Mitchell is coming off his best outing of the season, striking out 11 in 4.1 innings against Memphis. He gave up 0 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. Counting the Memphis game he has not given up an earned run in his last 9 innings.

Who's Hot and Who's Not in the Last 5 Games - Florida is led at the plate by sophomore Mike Zunino who is hitting .556 (10-for-18, 13 RBI), followed by sophomore Nolan Fontana who comes in at .421 (8-for-19, 2 RBI), sophomore Brian Johnson at .400 (6-for-15, 4 RBI), junior Preston Tucker at .333 (7-for-21, 3 RBI) and senior Josh Adams at .316 (7-for-21, 4 RBI).

Others include sophomore Austin Maddox at .261 (6-for-23, 7 RBI), junior Daniel Pigott at .235 (4-for-17, 0 RBI), senior Bryson Smith at .156 (3-for-19, 1 RBI), and in part-time duty sophomore Vickash Ramjit at .429 (3-for-7, 2 RBI) and junior Tyler Thompson at .286 (2-for-7, 1 RBI).

Mississippi State - Leading MSU at the plate is freshman C.T. Bradford who is hitting .333 (6-for-18, 2 RBI). In part-time duty, freshman Adam Frazier is also hitting .333 (1-for-3, 1 RBI). Both were recently named to the SEC All-Freshmen team.

Others include senior Cody Freeman is hitting .286 (4-for-14, 1 RBI), senior Jaron Shepherd is .278 (5-for-18, 2 RBI), senior Trey Johnson .273 (3-for-11, 0 RBI), senior Jonathan Ogden is .250 (4-for-16, 1 RBI), junior Brent Brownlee is hitting .214 (3-for-14, 1 RBI), senior Jarrod Parks comes in at .200 (3-for-15, 3 RBI), senior Wes Thigpen is hitting .200 (3-for-15, 3 RBI), senior Nick Vickerson comes in at .188 (3-for-16, 4 RBI), senior Ryan Collins is hitting .176 (3-for-17, 1 RBI), and in part-time duty freshman Hunter Renfroe is hitting .200 (1-for-5, 0 RBI).

How Florida and MSU Match Up
Florida Category Mississippi State
41-15 Record 34-21
.309 Batting Average .284
356 (6.4 pg) Runs 344 (6.3 pg)
52 Home Runs 27
.380 OB % .387
44-69 Stolen Bases-Attempts 82-110
186 (3.3 pg) Walks 245 (4.5 pg)
320 (5.7 pg) Strikeouts 363 (6.6 pg)
425 (7.6 pg) LOB 485 (8.8 pg)
3.08 Team ERA 4.31
12 Saves 15
102 (1.9 pg) Walks 193 (3.5 pg)
430 (7.7 pg) Strikeouts 433 (7.9 pg)
.245 Batting Average Against .268
.973 Fielding % .972

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