MSU-Central Arkansas Pregame: Bulldogs Can Punch Ticket to Super Regional

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

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

• Streaming: ESPN3.com

• Pitching matchup: MSU RHP Trevor Fitts (0-0, 2.57) vs. UCA RHP Ethan McKinzie (3-2, 2.11)

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

• 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 Logan Moon

• What to watch for: The Bulldogs can end this regional  the way they began it – by beating UCA. Easier said than done, because the Bears won two of three here in the regular season. And in the Southland Conference Tournament, they won five games in a row after losing the tourney opener. If Central Arkansas can win this one, then another game will be played at 7 p.m. Monday. With Connor Gilmore tossing a complete game in this afternoon’s 3-0 win over South Alabama, the UCA bullpen should be fully loaded tonight. McKinzie has made 20 appearances this year but only two starts. He tossed a scoreless 10th inning against MSU on March 9 to earn the save. Fitts, a sophomore, is making his third start of the year; he allowed three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings in his previous two starts, versus Oral Roberts and Missouri. A win for MSU would send it to its second super regional in three years, and it would play the winner of the Charlottesville Regional (Virginia is playing Elon tonight).

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

–”Little Numbers,” BOY

–”When We Were Young,” Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra

–”Helicoptor,” Branches

–”Serial Bowls,” Futurebirds

–”Hang You Up,” Yellowcard

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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