Diamond Dogs Host Jaguars Tuesday Night At Dudy Noble

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - On the heels of Sunday's exhilarating SEC series-clinching win over Vanderbilt, Mississippi State (20-12/ 5-7 SEC) steps away from league play Tuesday night when the Bulldogs take on the South Alabama Jaguars (12-20) at Dudy Noble Field. First pitch for the 65th renewal of the 37-year old rivalry is set for 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets ($5) will be sold at the stadium ticket office beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The radio broadcast of the MSU-South Alabama game will be carried on the statewide MSU Baseball Radio Network, with Jim Ellis and Bart Gregory describing the action. Live audio and high definition video streaming is also available online on a subscription basis, (www.HailState.com/hstvlive).

The Bulldogs clinched their first SEC weekend series of the campaign Sunday afternoon on the strength of Daryl Norris' walk-off RBI double. The two-out hit lifted MSU to an 8-7 win over the Commodores. After missing 15 games with an early-March knee cap injury, Norris (.409), from Fairhope, Ala., celebrated his return to the MSU lineup as the designated hitter last weekend, collecting six hits and reaching base safely in 10 of his 15 plate appearances.

Right-hander Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 4.91), with five freshman campaign relief appearances under his belt, has been tabbed for his first career pitching start Tuesday against the Jaguars. The Jags will counter with junior righty Payton Gardner (0-2, 8.05), a five-game starter for USA.

State has won four of its last five in the series, including last year's 15-9 decision at Eddie Stanky Stadium in Mobile. Brent Brownlee came off the bench to lash a school record-tying two triples and added a double on a five-RBI night as State erased a 9-5 deficit for the win. MSU holds a 22-13 edge in games played at Dudy Noble Field and a 40-24 overall advantage in a series that got its start in 1976.

MSU resumes SEC competition on the road this weekend with a three-game set at two-time defending national champion South Carolina (23-9, 5-7 SEC), ranked as high as seventh in the latest collegiate polls.


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