Junior right-hander Jeff Lacher (5-0, 4.23) is set to make his 30th career appearance and his 12th career start for Mississippi State, while the Indians (22-19), scheduled to host Arkansas-Little Rock Tuesday night, have not declared a starting pitcher.
In last year's Feb. 27 meeting in Monroe, La., junior right-hander Chris Young made his first career start and went the distance and Matthew Brinson belted his first home run of the season as the Bulldogs topped the Indians 6-5 at Indian Field. The win was MSU's ninth in its last 10 meetings with UL-Monroe.
Brinson (.331, 7 HR, 34 RBI) enters the week riding a career-longest 11-game hitting streak. Senior shortstop Matthew Maniscalco (.354), who has started all 226 career games at shortstop, sports the team's top batting average and leads the club with 64 hits, a .547 slugging percentage and 15 stolen bases.