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).
|356 (6.4 pg)||Runs||344 (6.3 pg)|
|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)|
|102 (1.9 pg)||Walks||193 (3.5 pg)|
|430 (7.7 pg)||Strikeouts||433 (7.9 pg)|
|.245||Batting Average Against||.268|
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