Previewing today’s doubleheader between No. 22 Mississippi State and Alabama.
• First pitch: 1 p.m.
• Records: Alabama 27-18 (11-9 SEC), MSU 33-13 (10-11).
• Pitching matchup: Alabama RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-1, 2.26) vs. MSU LHP Luis Pollorena (6-2, 3.42)
• Alabama lineup: 3B Kenny Roberts, CF Georgie Salem, 2B Kyle Overstreet, RF Ben Moore, 1B Austen Smith, C Brett Booth, SS Mikey White, DH Ryan Blanchard, LF Andrew Miller
• MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, 3B Alex Detz, RF Hunter Renfroe, 2B Brett Pirtle, 1B Wes Rea, CF C.T. Bradford, DH Trey Porter, C Nick Ammirati, LF Jacob Robson
• What to watch for: With last night’s opener rained out, we get bonus baseball today with a pair of nine-inning games. MSU is trying to bounce back from a series sweep at the hands of Vanderbilt last weekend, while Alabama is going for its fifth consecutive win. The Bulldogs are fifth in the Western Division standings, and the Crimson Tide is in third, so that in itself makes this a big series for both squads. There will be about 30 minutes between the end of Game 1 and the start of Game 2. The nightcap pitching matchup: Alabama RHP Charley Sullivan (3.27) versus MSU RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 2.17).
• Pregame playlist: A few songs from my iPod to set the tone…
–”Knowledge Be the Key,” El Da Sensei & The Returners
–”Lights Out,” P.O.D.
–”No Evidence,” SpaceGhostPurrp