Mississippi State will open on the mound with junior righty Alan Johnson (3-3, 5.45) while the Red Raiders have tabbed senior southpaw Dallas Braden (5-4, 4.40) for starting duties.
MSU is playing in its 27th NCAA postseason tournament and its eighth NCAA regional in the past nine seasons.
Friday's tournament opener matches two of college baseball's winningest coaches, Mississippi State's Ron Polk (1,232-601-2) and Red Raider head coach Larry Hayes (1,389-750-3). Hayes stands fifth among the NCAA's winningest active college coaches while Polk is 12th. The Bulldog skipper is two wins away from his 1,000th win in 25 seasons at Mississippi State.
The tournament continues Saturday with a loser's bracket game at 11 a.m. ET and a winner's bracket game at 3 p.m.
MSU's games are being broadcast on the statewide MSU Baseball Radio Network and on the internet (www.MStateAthletics.com).