STARKVILLE, Miss. – The sun will be out, the Left Field Lounge will be grilling and the No. 2 Mississippi State baseball team will play host to Holy Cross this weekend for a four-game set at Dudy Noble Field. The series lid-lifter is 4 p.m. Friday, with Saturday’s doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday’s first pitch is noon.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at HailState.com/tickets. The first 500 fans Friday will receive a limited edition pennant celebrating MSU’s nine trips to the College World Series. On Saturday, former Diamond Dawg Trey Porter will be recognized in addition to Chick-Fil-A distributing free coupons. Sunday is Kids Day at The Dude, with children getting a chance to run the bases postgame.
Junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff is scheduled to start Friday’s game, with State owning a 6-1 record the last two seasons when the righty starts on the bump. Coming off a career-high 11 strikeouts and a win Feb. 15 vs. Western Carolina, fellow junior right-hander Trevor Fitts will start game one Saturday. Game two’s starter Saturday for MSU has yet to be decided, but freshman RHP Dakota Hudson is slated to take the mound first in Sunday’s series finale.
The Bulldogs (2-2) enter their first-ever meeting with the Crusaders (0-0) led on offense by seniors Brett Pirtle and Alex Detz as well as redshirt junior Wes Rea. Pirtle leads the team in hitting (.333) and has a hit each of MSU’s first four games, while Detz has reached base safely in a career-high 27-consecutive games. Rea, who is top-10 in the SEC in RBIs with six, has driven in at least one run in each game this season.