Starting Pitchers - Arkansas will start sophomore RHP D.J. Baxendale (8-2, 1.62 ERA) while Mississippi State will start junior LHP Nick Routt (2-2, 3.83 ERA).
Arkansas - Baxendale has been very good this season. After giving up 5 runs (all earned) in 4.2 innings against Auburn in his first SEC start of the season, Baxendale has given up no more than 2 earned runs in any of his other seven SEC starts. He seems to have been at his best in his last four outings when he gave up 6 earned runs in 30.1 innings. He did not face Mississippi State this season due to a minor injury. He did face them once last season in a relief role (2.1 IP, 2 ER).
Mississippi State - Routt has been up and down for the Bulldogs this season. In his last two outings he gave up 4 earned runs (8 total runs) in 8 innings. His previous three outings he pitched well, giving up 3 earned runs (7 total runs) in 13.2 innings. He did face Arkansas earlier in the season and gave up 6 runs (all earned) in 3 innings.
Who's Hot and Who's Not in the Last 5 Games - Arkansas is led at the plate by junior Collin Kuhn who is hitting .467 (7-for-15, 6 RBI), followed by junior Tim Carver who is hitting .357 (5-for-14, 2 RBI).
Others include sophomore Matt Reynolds who comes in at .273 (3-for-11, 0 RBI), junior James McCann is hitting .267 (4-for-15, 3 RBI), junior Bo Bigham is at .222 (4-for-18, 1 RBI), freshman Dominic Ficociello is hitting .176 (3-for-17, 1 RBI), senior Kyle Robinson comes in at .154 (2-for-13, 5 RBI) and junior Jarrod McKinney is hitting .000 (0-for-11, 0 RBI). In limited action freshman Franco Broyles is hitting .333 (2-for-6, 0 RBI) as is sophomore Matt Vinson (2-for-6, 0 RBI).
Mississippi State - Leading MSU at the plate is freshman C.T. Bradford who is hitting .333 (6-for-18, 1 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 .278 (5-for-18, 1 RBI), senior Wes Thigpen is .267 (4-for-15, 2 RBI), senior Jaron Shepherd .263 (5-for-19, 3 RBI), senior Nick Vickerson is .250 (4-for-16, 7 RBI), senior Trey Johnson is hitting .250 (3-for-12, 0 RBI), junior Brent Brownlee comes in at .231 (3-for-13, 1 RBI), senior Jarrod Parks is hitting .200 (3-for-15, 3 RBI), senior Jonathan Ogden comes in at .189 (3-for-16, 0 RBI), and senior Ryan Collins is hitting .158 (3-for-19, 1 RBI).
|291 (5.3 pg)||Runs||349 (6.2 pg)|
|185 (3.0 pg)||Walks||247 (4.5 pg)|
|389 (7.1 pg)||Strikeouts||375 (6.7 pg)|
|400 (7.3 pg)||LOB||492 (8.8 pg)|
|177 (3.2 pg)||Walks||200 (3.6 pg)|
|402 (7.3 pg)||Strikeouts||439 (7.5 pg)|
|.243||Batting Average Against||.268|
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