Central Arkansas-MSU Pregame: Bulldogs Open NCAA Regional Play

Previewing today’s NCAA regional game between Central Arkansas and No. 14 Mississippi State.


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

• Streaming: ESPN3.com; HailState.com (audio only)

• Records: UCA 39-20, MSU 43-17

• Pitching matchup: UCA RHP Caleb McClanahan (10-5, 2.17) vs. MSU RHP Kendall Graveman (5-5, 3.04)

• UCA lineup: RF Forrestt Allday, CF Jonathan Davis, LF Ethan Harris, 2B Blake Marchal, C Michael Marietta, 1B Scott Zimmerle, 3B Garrett Brown, SS Justin Treece, DH Chris Townsend

• 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

• What to watch for: As you likely know, Central Arkansas took two of three here back in March, so this team won’t be lacking for confidence. McClanahan has had a strong year and was a big part of the Bears winning the Southland Conference Tournament. Offensively, this team follows the lead off leadoff hitter Allday, and much like MSU, UCA will run and put pressure on a defense. This is not your typical No. 4 seed. By the way, looking like a huge crowd filing into Dudy Noble Field. Oughta be a fun night.

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

–”Lies of the Beautiful People,” Sixx A.M.

–”Get Downtown,” Drive-By Truckers

–”No Time to Kill,” Clint Black

–”Violet Hill,” Coldplay

–”The Saints Are Coming,” U2 & Green Day

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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