No. 10 Bulldogs Welcome Michigan State and EIU To Starkville

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fresh off a two-game sweep against Mount St. Mary’s in midweek action, the No. 10 Mississippi State baseball team (6-4) returns to Dudy Noble Field this weekend as host of the 2014 Diamond Classic, presented by Polk’s Meat Products.

Game one of the week features Eastern Illinois vs. Michigan State Friday at 2:30 p.m., immediately followed by Mississippi State against the Spartans at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs play both the Panthers and Michigan State in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday wraps up the Classic with the two visitors playing each other at 11 a.m., with the Maroon and White batting the Panthers at 3 p.m.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at The first 500 fans at Friday’s Diamond Dawg game receive a limited edition 2014 Mississippi State baseball trading card set. Saturday marks “Athletic Trainer Appreciation Day,” with trainers getting in free with their BOC card. The Classic finale Sunday is “Girl Scouts Day.”

All four Mississippi State games will be televised on HailStateTV. For radio, WKBB 100.9 FM will air Friday’s game, with WMXU 106.1 FM picking up the doubleheader Saturday. The weekend finale will be broadcast live on the MSU Baseball Radio Network.

2014 Diamond Classic Presented By Polk’s Meat Products Schedule

Friday - 2:30 p.m. - Eastern Illinois vs. Michigan State
Friday - 6:30 p.m. - Michigan State vs. Mississippi State
Saturday - 11 a.m. - Eastern Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Saturday - 2:30 p.m. - Michigan State vs. Mississippi State
Sunday - 11 a.m. -  Michigan State vs. Eastern Illinois
Sunday - 3 p.m. - Eastern Illinois vs. Mississippi State

* Home Team Listed Second

Probable Starters

Friday - 2:30 p.m. – Jr. RHP Matt Borens (0-1, 0.75 ERA) vs. So. RHP Justin Alleman (1-0, 4.00 ERA)
Friday - 6:30 p.m. – Jr. RHP Mick VanVossen (2-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 4.05 ERA)
Saturday - 11 a.m. – So. RHP Jake Johansmeier (1-1, 5.23 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP Trevor Fitts (2-0, 2.31 ERA)
Saturday - 2:30 p.m. – So. LHP Anthony Misiewicz (0-1, 5.68 ERA) vs. TBA
Sunday - 11 a.m. – RSr. RHP Chase Rihtarchik (0-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RJr. LHP Christian Slazinik (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Sunday - 3 p.m. – TBA vs. Fr. RHP Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.57 ERA)

For more information on the Classic, 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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