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State Hosts Alcorn State To Close March Home Slate

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March 26, 2012
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State closes out the home portion of its March baseball schedule Tuesday when the Bulldogs (16-9, 2-4 SEC) take on the Alcorn State Braves (6-17) in a 6:30 p.m. contest at Dudy Noble Field. MSU is 15-5 at home this season and 9-3 during March.

General admission tickets are $5 and available at the stadium ticket office beginning at 4:30 p.m.

State dropped an 11-inning decision Sunday in the deciding third game of an SEC weekend series against third-ranked Arkansas. It was the Bulldogs' third extra-inning setback and the second in league play this. Junior infielder Sam Frost paced the Bulldogs at the plate on the weekend, hitting at a .713 clip with five hits in seven at-bats against Arkansas, currently in a three-way tie for the overall lead in the SEC.

MSU is expected to send freshman right-hander Will Cox (1-1, 5.62) to the hill for a Tuesday night pitching start in the 11th baseball meeting between the Bulldogs and the Braves. State posted an 8-1 win in last year's game to improve its all-time series edge to 10-0.

The game will be broadcast locally on West Point's WKBB-FM (100.9), while subscription-based audio and high definition video streaming will be available through HailStateTV at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Alcorn State is one of 10 Mississippi State opponents this year who competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Braves claimed last year's SWAC regular season and tournament titles to earn the first NCAA tournament berth in program history.

The Bulldog pitching staff begins the week leading the Southeastern Conference and ranked second nationally behind Rice with 233 strikeouts. Junior right-hander Chris Stratton (5-0, 2.21) leads the Southastern Conference and ranks fourth in the NCAA with 53 strikeouts. The Bulldog defense also sits atop the SEC charts having turned 33 double plays, second-most in the NCAA.

Dudy Noble Field season-best crowds of 4,007 and 4,554 watched the first two games of last weekend's SEC baseball series against Arkansas. With a paid attendance total of 19,280 for the weekend, State became the fifth school in the NCAA this season to eclipse the 100,000 mark in total ticket distribution (101, 652).

Mississippi State resumes SEC competition on the road this weekend, traveling to Auburn, Ala., for a three-game set against its third consecutive nationally-ranked opponent, No. 24 Auburn (15-9, 4-2 SEC).

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