Bracewell Takes The Bump Wednesday Vs. Memphis

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Starkville, Miss. – Mississippi State redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Ben Bracewell will start Wednesday’s game against Memphis, head coach John Cohen announced Tuesday. First pitch for the non-conference tilt is 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Multiple giveaways will take place throughout the game for fans, who can also enjoy $2 hot dogs and $2 popcorn at concessions.

Following a 2-1 series win vs. projected Southern Conference champion Western Carolina in a series that almost didn’t happen, the Bulldogs move up in both the Perfect Game Top-25 (5th) and Baseball America’s rankings (7th). State remained the same in Collegiate Baseball’s Top-30 (2nd) and the USA Today Coaches’ Top-25 Poll (4th), but slipped to 7th in the NCWBA weekly rankings.

Bracewell, who picked up the win Sunday in MSU’s 7-2 win against the Catamounts, enters the game with a flawless 0.00 ERA. The righty will be opposed by Memphis southpaw Caleb Wallingford, who also earned a win this past weekend thanks to a scoreless outing.

With MSU skipper John Cohen picking up his 500th career win in Bracewell’s triumph, the sixth-year head coach will be seeing some familiar faces in the opposite dugout Wednesday. Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock was an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 2002-04 before becoming head coach at Memphis in 2005. The Tigers’ associate head coach, Russ McNickle, was a graduate assistant coach in Starkville from 1988-90, the same three seasons MSU head coach John Cohen was an outfielder for the Bulldogs.

For more information on the event, follow the team on social media by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.


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