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Mississippi State baseball team preview

Included is a preview of the Mississippi State baseball team. Mississippi State plays Arkansas this weekend at Dudy Noble Field.


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 Hitting:

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.

Arkansas and MSU Stats
CategoryArkansasMississippi State
Record 26-26 37-14-1
Batting Average .278 .312
Runs 319 (6.1 pg) 354 (6.8 pg)
Home Runs 48 41
OB % .365 .394
Stolen Bases-Attempts 38-50 41-51
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)
Team ERA 5.09 3.45
Saves 9 15
Walks 229 (4.4 pg) 179 (3.4 pg)
Strikeouts 433 (8.3 pg) 468 (9.0 pg)
Batting Average Against .269 .244
Fielding % .974 .976


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