Gametimes (CT) - Thursday 6:30 pm | Friday 6:30 pm | Saturday 5 pm
MSU Home Record - MSU is 21-9 at home.
MSU Pitching Rotation:
Junior RHP Dakota Hudson, who will pitch Thursday, has posted a 8-3 overall record this season with a 2.52 ERA. In SEC home games he has an ERA of 1.44 (5 ER, 31.1 IP). In his last three SEC starts he has a 1.61 ERA (4 ER, 22.1 IP).
Junior RHP Austin Sexton, the Friday night rotation pitcher for MSU, has an overall 6-2 record with a 3.69 ERA. In home SEC games he has given up 9 earned runs in 26.0 innings for an ERA of 3.12. In his last three SEC appearances he has an ERA of 3.93 (18.1 IP, 8 ER).
Freshman LHP Konnor Pilkington, who will likely throw Saturday for MSU, is 3-1 overall this season with an ERA of 1.79. In SEC home games he has an ERA of 3.60 (5.0 IP, 2 ER). In his last three SEC outings he has given up 3 earned runs in 13.1 innings, which is an ERA of 2.03.
MSU Relief Pitching:
MSU primarily uses six pitchers in relief in SEC play - junior RHP Ryan Rigby, junior LHP Daniel Brown, junior RHP Blake Smith, freshman RHP Keegan James, junior RHP Zac Houston and junior RHP Reid Humphreys.
In 9 games Rigby has a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.30. Teams are hitting .210 against him.
Brown has appeared in 12 games with a 1-2 record and a 5.64 ERA. Teams are hitting .278 against him.
Smith has thrown in 8 games, recording a 0-0 record with 1 save and an ERA of 3.52. Teams are only hitting .179 against him.
James has thrown in 6 games, also recording a 0-0 record. His ERA is 5.00 with teams batting .242 against him.
Houston has pitched in 5 games with a 1-0 record and a 7.71 ERA. Teams are batting .364 against him.
Humphreys has thrown in 9 games and has a 0-1 record with 4 saves. His ERA is 8.74 and teams are batting .348 against him.
MSU is scoring 5.9 runs per game in SEC games. In home SEC games they are scoring 5.3 runs per game. As a team, Arkansas is hitting .297 in SEC games. They have six players hitting over .300 in the SEC - Jake Mangum .407, Nate Lowe .396, Brent Rooker .322, Jack Kruger .321, Reid Humphreys .312 and Gavin Collins .301.
|Runs||319 (6.1 pg)||354 (6.8 pg)|
|Walks||217 (4.2 pg)||213 (4.1 pg)|
|Strikeouts||380 (7.3 pg)||307 (5.9 pg)|
|LOB||404 (7.8 pg)||454 (8.7 pg)|
|Walks||229 (4.4 pg)||179 (3.4 pg)|
|Strikeouts||433 (8.3 pg)||468 (9.0 pg)|
|Batting Average Against||.269||.244|
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