Mississippi State, currently 9th in the SEC standings, takes on Vanderbilt, a team that is one-game behind the Bulldogs, in Nashville, Tennessee in a three-game series.
Mississippi State (28-15, 8-10 SEC) at Vanderbilt (28-13, 7-11 SEC)
Weekend Starting Pitchers:
Friday (7:00 p.m. CT) - MSU Jr. RHP Alan Johnson (3-1, 5.60 ERA) vs. Jr. Vandy LHP Jeremy Sowers (6-3, 3.06 ERA)
Saturday (4:00 p.m. CT) - MSU Jr. RHP Todd Doolittle (2-1, 4.35 ERA) vs. Vandy So. LHP Ryan Mullins (4-2, 3.08 ERA)
Sunday (1:00 p.m. CT) - MSU Sr. RHP Jeff Lacher (3-5, 4.31 ERA) vs. So. RHP Matt Buschmann (5-1, 3.26 ERA)
Did you know that Vanderbilt Friday starter Jeremy Sowers is 1-0 against MSU, giving up just 2 runs on 15 hits in 16 innings, while striking out 19 and walking 3?
Despite being a senior, MSU Sunday starter Jeff Lacher has never faced Vanderbilt.
Pitching (ERA) - MSU 4.18, Vanderbilt 3.61
Hitting (BA-HR-RS) - MSU .312-43-294, Vanderbilt .305-37-268
Fielding (%) - MSU .962, Vanderbilt .975
5 Leading Hitters:
Vanderbilt:So. Warner Jones - .419-6-48
Sr. Cesar Nicolas - .347-10-52
So. Mike Baxter - .341-2-30
Jr. Ryan Klosterman - .311-3-19
Jr. Tony Mansolino - .293-5-21
Mississippi State:So. Brad Corley - .363-15-45
Fr. Jeffrey Rea - .357-1-23
So. Brad Jones - .338-7-28
So. Craig Tatum - .320-7-41
Sr. Steve Gendron - .305-3-26
Misc. Records and Stats:
Last 10 games | Last 5 games:Vanderbilt - 5-5 | 2-3
Mississippi State - 7-3 | 4-1
Vanderbilt's record at home - 20-5
MSU's record on the road - 9-4
MSU leads the overall series 59-23. MSU also leads, 25-11, in games played at Nashville.
MSU's Brad Corley leads the SEC in home runs with 15.
Vandy's Warner Jones .419 batting average leads the SEC.
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