Florida-MSU Pregame: Pollorena Back on Hill; Slauter Returns

Previewing today’s game between Mississippi State and Florida.


• First pitch: 6:30 p.m.

• Records: Florida 14-16 (4-5 SEC), MSU 24-8 (3-6)

• Pitching matchup: Florida RHP Jonathon Crawford (1-4, 4.46) vs. MSU LHP Luis Pollorena (4-1, 3.34)

• Florida lineup: 2B Casey Turgeon, CF Harrison Bader, C Taylor Gushue, LF Justin Shafer, 1B Vickash Ramjit, 3B Zack Powers, DH Richie Martin, RF Cory Reid, SS Cody Dent

• MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, DH Alex Detz, RF Hunter Renfroe,  2B Brett Pirtle, 1B Wes Rea, CF C.T. Bradford, C Mitch Slauter, 3B Sam Frost, LF Jacob Robson

• What to watch for: MSU is seeking its first SEC series victory of the season, and it’s turning to Pollorena for the second consecutive Friday with Jacob Lindgren out (sore elbow). Last weekend at Arkansas, the senior gave up four runs (all earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and eight walks in 6 1/3 innings. Pollorena will be throwing to Mitch Slauter, who’s back after missing five games with a throat abscess. Florida enters the weekend ranked 12th in the SEC in both hitting (.261) and ERA (4.11).

• Pregame playlist: A few songs from my iPod to set the tone…

–”Down,” Stone Temple Pilots

–”Thanks for Nothing,” Great White Buffalo

–”Sixteen Saltines,” Jack White

–”Spiderman ’79,” Veruca Salt

–”Moth Wings,” Pond

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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