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State Wraps Up March Home Slate Hosting APSU Governors

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March 25, 2013
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State (21-6) wraps up its 13-game home schedule for March and hits the midpoint of a 56-game 2013 schedule Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. game against Austin Peay State (19-4) at Dudy Noble Field.

The radio broadcast of the MSU-ASU game, featuring play by play and analysis by Jim Ellis and Bart Gregory, will be carried on the statewide MSU Baseball Radio Network and heard locally on West Point’s WKBB-FM (100.9), the flagship station for MSU athletics, and on WFCA-FM (107.9) in French Camp. Live audio and multi-camera video streaming for the game will also be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (http://www.hailstate.com/hstvlive).

Sophomore right-hander Will Cox (2-1, 1.93) will open on the mound for the No. 16 Bulldogs, making his fourth start in his eighth appearance of the campaign. APSU has designated freshman righty Jared Carcuff (0-0, 6.57) for his third career start.

State takes on APSU for only the fifth time with Tuesday’s contest, the second meeting at Dudy Noble Field. State bested the Governors in Starkville in 2005 (4-3), dropped a pair of at Clarksville, Tenn., (3-2 in 11 innings and 7-5) during MSU’s 2007 College World Series season and two years ago advanced to the finals of the 2011 NCAA Atlanta Regional with an 8-3 win over APSU.

The Bulldogs registered an 8-4 win over No. 8 Kentucky Friday in Lexington before dropping a pair of closely-contested battles (3-2, 4-3) in a Saturday twinbill against the Wildcats. Of MSU’s four league losses, two have been one-run games and a third went to extra innings.

The Governors won their second Ohio Valley Conference series of the young season last weekend, taking two of three home games against Jacksonville (Ala.) State (5-4, 10-1, 9-19. APSU has won 11 of its last 13 games.

Junior right-fielder Hunter Renfroe (.425) cracked his team-leading ninth home run of the campaign Saturday --- his third in as many games at Kentucky to extend an impressive career-best and team-high hitting streak to 12 games. The Crystal Springs, Miss., native continues to set the pace in the SEC in slugging percentage (.900) and total bases (72) while ranking second in home runs (9), RBI (35) and third in batting average (425).

State’s other .400 hitter and one of MSU’s two 27-game starters, shortstop Adam Frazier (.402) has hit safely in 24 of 27 games and shares the SEC with 43 hits. The Bishop, Ga., product also leads the league with 31 runs scored and four triples and stars on defense with a league-best 84 assists and 31 assists on double plays. MSU leads the SEC with 37 double plays.

Mississippi State enters the week ranked 16th by USA TODAY Sports, 17th by the NCBWA, 19th by Collegiate Baseball, 20th by Perfect Game, and 25th by Baseball America.

The Bulldogs wrap up their overall March schedule this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., with a three-game SEC Western Division series against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Game times at Baum Stadium/Cole Field are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday. Friday’s game will be televised by Cox Sports TV while the Easter Sunday series finale will be televised by Cox Sports and Comcast on the SEC television package.

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