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State Hosts Oral Roberts Tuesday In Non-Conference Home Finale

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STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Mississippi State (37-15) puts the finishing touches on its regular season non-conference schedule Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field with a 6:30 p.m. matchup with first-time foe Oral Roberts (21-28/14-10 SLC).

It’s the 30th home date of the season for the Bulldogs, who conclude their 2013 regular season schedule on the home field later this week. State hosts No. 12 South Carolina in a Thursday-through-Saturday series at Dudy Noble Field, with game times set for 6:30 p.m. both Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The radio broadcast of MSU’s four remaining home games can be heard on the statewide Bulldog Sports Network, with audio and video streaming available online to HailstateTV subscribers (http://www.hailstate.com/hstvlive).

The Bulldogs are expected to split up Tuesday night’s pitching duties, with sophomore right-hander Trevor Fitts (0-0, 1.35) set to make 12th appearance and initial career start. ORU is expected to send righty Gavin Glanz (1-3, 7.28) to the hill for his eighth start of his junior season.

State is a perfect 10-0 in non-conference midweek battles this season.

Oral Roberts, a member of the Southland Conference and the fourth first-time opponent faced by MSU this season, has won seven of its last nine games and is tied for third three-games back in a tight Southland Conference title chase.

Mississippi State begins its final week of regular season play buoyed by a dramatic series-ending road win Sunday against instate league rival Ole Miss.  After falling behind 6-0 in the early innings, State plated five runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh to nail down the win.

Junior shortstop Adam Frazier drove in a career-best four runs in the game, two in the sixth inning on a double off the right-field wall and two more on a game-winning single in the seventh. In a career-longest five-inning appearance, junior pitcher Ben Bracewell retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced to hold the Rebels at bay and earn his first career win.

MSU enters the week nearing a pair of impressive baseball attendance milestones at Dudy Noble Field. MSU is 11,140 away from the five million mark in all-time paid home attendance at Dudy Noble Field. Since Mississippi State first started tracking home attendance figures in 1976, MSU has totaled 4,988,860 in paid home attendance. In its last home SEC series State eclipsed the 200,000 mark for total home paid attendance in a season for the seventh time, raising the 2013 total to 213,054. MSU is 19,961 away from the school single-season record of 233,015 established in 2003.
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