Weather Forces Friday Schedule Changes

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Due to the high probability of severe weather conditions in the Starkville vicinity Friday afternoon and evening, game times have been adjusted for the first two games of this weekend's three-team baseball tournament at Dudy Noble Field.

The Lipscomb University-University of Connecticut game, originally set for a 2:30 p.m. Friday start, has been reset for an 11 a.m. start, while first pitch for the Mississippi State-Connecticut game has been moved to 2:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start. Schedule changes will be posted on the MSU Athletics Department web site,

The 11 a.m./2:30 p.m. game schedule for both Saturday and Sunday remains in place. The Dudy Noble Field ticket office and stadium gates open at 10 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Sophomore Ben Bracewell (0-0, 0.00) is set to draw his third start of the campaign for State (6-2) in MSU'S Friday afternoon opener against Connecticut (2-4). Lefty Brian Ward (2-0, 1.26) is due to open on the hill for the UConn Huskies.

The Bulldogs won all four games of last weekend's double round-robin tournament at Dudy Noble Field, sweeping Kansas 1-0 and 3-1 and Mississippi Valley State 13-5 and 5-1.

Friday's tournament-opener launches a 21-game March schedule for the Bulldogs, who are nearing the midway point of their season-opening 17-game homestand. State entertains first-time foe Penn State of the Big Ten Conference in 6:30 p.m. contests Tuesday and Wednesday and then welcomes Mercer to campus for a homestand-ending three-game weekend series.

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