MSU'S Friday night starting pitcher, Ross Mitchell, has appeared in 29 SEC regular season games, including 3 starts, and has a 7-0 record with a 1.63 ERA. In 72 innings he has allowed 18 runs (13 earned) while giving up 56 hits and 19 walks to go along with his 27 strikeouts. His ERA has gone down each season, going from 2.31 as a redshirt freshman to 1.54 as a sophomore and 1.42 so far this season.
Mitchell has never pitched against LSU in Baton Rouge but has faced them twice during the regular season and in the SEC Tournament, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits and 0 walks while striking out 1 in 4 innings for an ERA of 2.25.
MSU Saturday night starter Trevor Fitts has never faced LSU during the regular or post-season. But in SEC action during his first three seasons he has thrown in 10 games, 3 that were starts. In 22 innings he has given up 7 runs (all earned) for a 2.86 ERA. In the 22 innings he has given up 19 hits and walked 4 batters while striking out 24 batters.
No pitcher on the current MSU staff has pitched an inning in LSU's Alex Box Stadium.
Since being the skipper of MSU, John Cohen has a 5-10 regular season record against LSU. He is also 2-0 in the SEC Tournament against them. At Alex Box stadium he has a 2-4 record.
MSU and LSU have played against each other 17 times while John Cohen has been the head coach at MSU. Of those 17 games, 10 of them have been decided by 1 run.
LSU's Saturday starting pitcher Aaron Nola, expected to be a first-round draft pick in this summer's MLB Draft, has thrown against MSU three times during his career. In 13.2 innings he allowed 10 runs (9 earned) for an ERA of 5.93. He allowed 16 hits while striking out 13 and walking 2.
A possible advantage for Mississippi State. LSU has hit into more double plays than any other team in the SEC with 24 in their 30 games. 12 of the 24 have been in their 9 SEC games. MSU's pitching is the second best at getting ground ball outs in the SEC with 99 in their 9 games.