Vanderbilt baseball hosts Mississippi State

The Vanderbilt Commodores host Mississippi State for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday series at Hawkins Field. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State is off to a 12-5-1 start. State recently swept Oregon in Starkville, 3 games to none.  The Bulldogs have also defeated USC in LA and tied UCLA 5-5 in the Dodger Stadium Classic.  Most recently the Bulldogs fell to Oral Roberts 3-1 on Wednesday. 

Looking at some of the top State hitters, designated hitter Jack Kruger has been on a tear and is hitting over .400 with 20 RBIs. He was recently named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.  Center fielder Jake Robson is hitting near .400 and has three triples.  Right fielder Brent Rooker is a solid hitter but missed MSU's most recent game with an ankle injury. He is expected to return for the Vandy series. Reid Humphrey is like a superman for the Bulldogs.  He pitches and plays in both the infield and outfield.  

Righty Dakota Hudson will pitch on Friday night for MSU. A Tennessee native, he's a pre-season All-America selection who struck out nine in the recent series with Oregon.

Another righty, Austin Sexton, is set to pitch on Saturday.  His ERA is not as spiffy as Hudson's but he's got 30 strikeouts compared to just seven walks. 

Sunday's pitcher is to be announced.   Lefty Daniel Brown pitched the third game in the series with Oregon and he might be the guy for the Bulldogs against Vandy.

Reid Humphreys is the top reliever for State.  He has two saves and was used as a closer against Oregon.

Looking at the Vandy-MSU stat comparison, the Commodores have a slight edge in batting average, have scored more runs, have more triples, more home runs, a lower ERA, more strikeouts, a lower opponent batting average, less runs and home runs allowed.   State has the edge in total hits and doubles. 

Friday's game starts at 7 pm and Saturday's game begins at 7:30.  Both those games can be seen on the SEC Network.  Sunday's game will get going at 1 pm and you can see it on the SEC Network Plus.   Listen to the game broadcast at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at WNSR 95.9 FM or 560 AM.


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