Brinson tabbed SEC Player of the Week

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A stellar plate performance at Louisiana State over the weekend has helped nab Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors for Bulldog sophomore first baseman Matthew Brinson.

The Brandon, Miss., native went 6-for-10 (.600) with four doubles, a home run, five runs scored and a 1.300 slugging percentage in the rain-abbreviated series in Baton Rouge. He was particularly impressive in Mississippi State's series-opening 15-4 win at Alex Box Stadium, tying a school record with three doubles and driving a career-high six runs ina 4-for-6 outing. The 15-4 win was MSU's largest margin of victory at LSU since 1964.

For the week, Brinson was 7-for-16 (.438), driving in 10 runs while belting five doubles and his fourth home run of the year and drawing three walks. He enters the week with a .330 batting average and a team-leading 27 RBI.

Brinson becomes the first Bulldog to receive the recognition since Travis Chapman in 1999. Last year Bulldog pitcher Tanner Brock earned an SEC Pitcher of the Week honor.

Mississippi State (14-9-1) hosts Tennessee-Martin (10-14) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to open a five-game slate this week. Junior lefty Joey Collums (2-1, 2.41), MSU's scheduled starter in Sunday's weathered-out series finale at LSU, is due to draw the start for State against the Skyhawks.

MSU travels to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) to meet instate SEC rival Mississippi in the 23rd renewal of the Mayor's Trophy game. This weekend the Bulldogs return to action at Dudy Noble Field, hosting Georgia's Bulldogs in a three-game set. Friday's series-opener, televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast, has a 6:36 p.m. first pitch. Saturday's 3:06 p.m. game is being televised by FOX Sports Net South as the SEC-TV Game of the Week, while Sunday's series finale is set for 1:30 p.m.

MSU BASEBALL THIS WEEK
Tuesday - UT-Martin (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday - Mississippi, Jackson, Miss. (6:30 p.m.)
Friday - Georgia (6:36 p.m., Comcast Sports Southeast)
Saturday - Georgia (3:06 p.m., SEC-TV/FOX Sports Net)
Sunday - Georgia (1:30 p.m.)


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