The Bulldogs (27-19-1) will open with senior right-hander Ryan Carroll (2-0, 4.37) on the mound. The Delta Devils (10-38) are expected to start junior righty Josh Hailey (3-6, 6.79). Carroll picked up his first career win in MSU's previous meeting with MVSU this season, an 11-1 win on April 10. Carroll and seven other MSU pitchers combined for a two-hitter. MSU rightfielder Enrico Jones doubled, homered and drove in a career-high five runs in the game.
Mississippi State travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend for a three-game SEC Western Division series against league-leading and fourth-ranked Alabama (40-9, 17-7). The series opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.