MSU Heads To Athens For First SEC Road Series
ATHENS, Ga. – Mississippi State wraps up its spring-break trip to Georgia with a three-game set at the University of Georgia this weekend. MSU is 21-5, good for the second-best best 26-game start in program history. Game one is set for a 5 p.m. CT first pitch Friday while Saturday’s contest begins and 1 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon.
HailState.com will offer a free live audio stream of all three weekend contests. Anthony Craven will call each of the games. GeorgiaDogs.com will offer a video stream of the Friday and Saturday matchups.
Sunday’s game will be televised live on Fox Sports Networks. Bob Rathbun will handle the play-by-play while Cheri Kempf will be the color commentator.
UGA holds a 24-23 advantage in the all-time series. After winning 12 of the first 13 meetings between the two, Mississippi State is 7-8 in the last 15 contests. MSU has gone 10-11 in Athens. The teams did not meet during the 2013 campaign.
Two years ago in Starkville, Mississippi State won the opener 5-3. Current senior Heidi Shape went two-for-three, scored two runs and drove in another while current volunteer assistant coach Jessica Cooley added two runs scored and a hit. Stephanie Becker earned the win, not allowing an earned run. She fanned 10 in the complete-game performance. The second game was a 2-0 Georgia win as Erin Arevalo scattered seven hits and struck out nine. Brittany Bell and Ka’ili Smith each had two hits for MSU. Georgia took the series with a 5-0 Sunday victory. Arevalo picked up the win again, limiting Mississippi State to four hits and fanning nine. Current senior Jessica Offutt went two-for-two to lead the MSU offense. Niaja Griffin drove in two runs for Georgia and Tess Sito scored two.
Current Mississippi State senior Alison Owen and junior Julia Echols both began their careers at the University of Georgia before transferring to MSU. A total of six Mississippi State student-athletes are from the Peach State with Owen, Echols, seniors Logan Foulks, Sam Lenahan and Shape and freshman Mackenzie Toler.
After the series, MSU heads to Memphis for a Tuesday matchup that starts at 6 p.m. CT.