Previewing today’s series finale between No. 21 Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
• First pitch: 1 p.m.
• TV: CSS
• Records: MSU 36-15 (13-13 SEC), Ole Miss 35-16 (14-12)
• Pitching matchup: MSU LHP Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.44) vs. Ole Miss RHP Bobby Wahl (9-0, 1.20)
• MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, DH Alex Detz, RF Hunter Renfroe, 2B Brett Pirtle, 1B Wes Rea, CF C.T. Bradford, 3B Sam Frost, C Nick Ammirati, LF Demarcus Henderson
• Ole Miss lineup: LF Tanner Mathis, SS Austin Anderson, C Stuart Turner, 3B Andrew Mistone, CF Auston Bousfield, 1B Sikes Orvis, RF Preston Overbey, DH Will Allen, 2B Christian Helsel
• What to watch for: MSU might have lost the series yesterday, but there’s still plenty to gain from a win today. For one, it would avoid the ignominy of being swept by one’s rival. More important, it would bring the Bulldogs into a tie with the Rebels in the SEC standings and at least keep alive the hopes of hosting an NCAA regional. Problem is, MSU is facing a pitcher in Wahl who has allowed more than one earned run in SEC play just once this year. Over his last five starts – not counting the one inning he threw Friday before the rain came – Wahl has an ERA of 0.49. MSU slugger Hunter Renfroe had this to say last night about facing Wahl: “He’s just gotta throw it in the strike zone. That’s all I’ve got to say to that.”
• Pregame playlist: A few songs from my iPod to set the tone…
–”Adrenaline Nightshift,” Japandroids
–”Mr. Big Shot,” Anarbor
–”Mountain Man,” Crash Kings
–”Goner,” Dead Confederate
–”The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Rage Against the Machine