STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the first time in program history, Mississippi State faces No. 16/18 Missouri for a three-game Southeastern Conference series as the Tigers joined the league in 2013. First pitch Friday is set for 6 p.m. CT while the Saturday game will start at 3 p.m. and the Sunday contest at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs head into this weekend with a 29-10 record, tied with the 2006 squad for the best 39-game mark in program history. MSU has won seven-straight games for the squad’s most consecutive wins since the season-opening 15-game winning streak.
With one victory this weekend Mississippi State would reach the 30-win plateau. The Bulldogs have tallied 30 or more triumphs 12 times since the program restarted for the 1997 season. This would also mark the third-straight campaign reaching 30 victories, the most since 11 consecutive seasons of 30 or more wins from 1998-08.
Entering this weekend’s series, MSU has posted a 15-3 record this season in Starkville. Mississippi State has outscored opponents 96-22 in home games.
Missouri and Mississippi State have met twice previously, both extra-inning affairs that have gone in favor of the Tigers. Missouri won the initial meeting 4-3 in eight innings on March 15, 1997, at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in San Jose, Calif. A year later, the Tigers came to Starkville for the MSU Bulldog Classic and claimed a 7-4 victory in 10 innings.
After this weekend’s series, Mississippi State will travel to No. 11/11 South Alabama for a 6 p.m. CT contest on Wednesday.