Ole Miss is currently 7-5 in the SEC. They are 6-0 at home in SEC play while 1-5 on the road. All of their SEC road games have been decided by 1 or 2 runs.
Mississippi State is currently 4-2 at home in the SEC and 2-4 on the road for an overall SEC record of 6-6.
Ole Miss is hitting .274 in SEC play. When you look at those stats a little closer, you find that they are hitting .259 on the road and .289 at home. They are averaging 3.8 runs scored per SEC game on the road while scoring 6.3 runs per game at home.
Mississippi State is hitting .236 in SEC play. At home in the SEC, they are hitting .272, while batting .203 on the road. They score 5.7 runs per game at home, while scoring 2.7 on the road.
Ole Miss hitters have faced SEC pitching staffs that are allowing a batting average of .260 per game in SEC games, while MSU hitters have faced SEC pitching staffs that have allowed a batting average of .230 in SEC games.
Of the top 15 pitchers in the SEC with the best opposing hitters batting averages against, MSU's hitters have faced 8 of them, while Ole Miss hitters have faced 3.
Five Bulldog batters are hitting .300 or better at home in SEC games. Leading the pack is senior Derrick Armstrong at .450 (9-of-20). Close behind is freshman Gavin Collins at .400 (4-of-10). Senior Brett Pirtle comes in at .381 (8-of-21), followed by junior Wes Rea at .304 (7-of-23) and senior Alex Detz at .300 (6-of-20).
Pitching-wise in the SEC, Ole Miss is allowing opposing hitters a .251 batting average and 3.4 runs scored per game. At home, SEC teams are hitting .219, while scoring 2.2 runs per game against Ole Miss pitching. On the road, Ole Miss pitchers are allowing a .283 batting average and 4.7 runs per game.
Mississippi State pitchers are allowing a .248 batting average while giving up 3.9 runs per game. At home in the SEC, Bulldog pitchers are allowing a .229 batting average and 2.7 runs scored per game. On the road, MSU pitching is allowing a .270 batting average and 5.2 runs scored per game.
Defensively, MSU fielders have committed 21 errors in 34 games this season. Of those 21 errors, 6 were committed in 11 road games, while 15 were committed in 23 home games. MSU is 1-5 when committing 2 or more errors and 20-8 when committing 0 or 1 error. MSU is 10-4 when the opposing team commits 2 or more errors. Ole Miss, the second worst fielding team in SEC games this season with a .962 SEC fielding percentage, has committed 18 errors in 12 SEC games this season.
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