STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to clinch a spot in the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament, No. 18 Mississippi State baseball (31-18, 14-10 SEC) will welcome Tennessee (28-18, 10-14 SEC) to town Friday for a three-game conference series. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dudy Noble Field, followed by a 6 p.m. start time Saturday. The three-game tilt wraps up Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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Friday – Jr. RHP Trevor Fitts (4-2, 2.62 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Hunter Martin (3-3, 2.85 ERA)
Saturday – RJr. LHP Ross Mitchell (7-4, 2.12 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Nick Williams (5-4, 3.73 ERA)
Sunday – TBA vs. So. LHP Andy Cox (4-1, 1.87 ERA)
Latest RPI Rankings (Warren Nolan)
Mississippi State – 37
Tennessee – 41
Need to Know
· Mississippi State’s 14-10 SEC record through 24 league games is its best since the 2007 College World Series squad also started 14-10.
· The Bulldogs enter this weekend having won a school-record eight-straight games against the Tennessee Volunteers.
· Seniors C.T. Bradford and Demarcus Henderson have collected the most wins in a four-year stretch (160) since 1998-2001 (164), while also tallying the most SEC victories (60) in a four-year span since 2001-04 (61).
· Redshirt junior All-American LHP Ross Mitchell is the reigning SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week, joining LSU All-American Aaron Nola as the only three-time winners of the weekly award this season.
· Junior All-American closer Jonathan Holder is seven saves shy of tying South Carolina’s Matt Price (43 from 2009-12) for the most career saves in SEC history.
· All-SEC second baseman Brett Pirtle has hit safely in 43 of 49 games this season.
· Pirtle has reached base safely in 54-straight games vs. SEC opponents dating back to last season.
· The Maroon and White are outscoring their opponents 39-10 in redshirt sophomore RHP Preston Brown’s last 40.0 innings, with Brown going 4-1 during that stretch.
· Freshman All-American candidate Gavin Collins is hitting .333 (17-for-51) in 19 SEC games with a team-high .510 slugging percentage.
· Junior lefty Jacob Lindgren has recorded a nation-leading ratio of 17.3 strikeouts per nine innings and leads the SEC in conference games only with a 0.75 ERA and an opponent batting average of .110.
· Senior Alex Detz has 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.