Vanderbilt-MSU Pregame: Semifinals a Rematch of Last Year’s Title Game

HOOVER, Ala. | Previewing today’s SEC Tournament semifinal game between No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 16 MSU at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.


• First pitch: TBD


• Records: Vanderbilt 50-8, MSU 43-16

• Pitching matchup: Vanderbilt RHP T.J. Pecoraro (3-1, 5.02) MSU LHP Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.76)

• Vanderbilt lineup: 2B Tony Kemp, 3B Xavier Turner, RF Mike Yastrzemski, CF Connor Harrell, DH Tyler Beede, SS Vince Conde, LF John Norwood, C Spencer Navin

MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, DH Alex Detz, CF Hunter Renfroe, 2B Brett Pirtle, 1B Wes Rea, RF Demarcus Henderson, 3B Sam Frost, C Nick Ammirati. LF Jacob Robson

• What to watch for: We have ourselves a rematch of last year’s SEC Tournament title game, which MSU won 3-0. It’s single-elimination now, so the winner of this game advances to tomorrow’s 3:30 p.m. championship. MSU is the home team today, and in Lindgren it’s starting a pitcher who last time out allowed one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings against South Carolina last weekend. Earlier this season against Vandy, Lindgren lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs. Pecoraro also pitched that day, allowing one run on four hits in five innings as the Commodores finished off a sweep. If Lindgren can’t go deep into this game,  MSU’s bullpen should be fresh enough for John Cohen to reach as deeply into it as he needs. Having Friday off certainly helped with that.

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

–”Laser Beams,” Wintersleep

–”Lithium, Nirvana

–”This Summer,” Superchunk

–”The Magic Clap,” The Coup

–”Weekends, “Tiger Waves

I am the online content coordinator for 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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