Vanderbilt preview

Junior Reid Humphreys leads Mississippi State with two saves and is also hitting .317 at the plate. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Junior Reid Humphreys leads Mississippi State with two saves and is also hitting .317 at the plate. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

No. 15 Mississippi State (12-5-1) at No. 2 Vanderbilt (16-1)

When: Friday 7 p.m. (SEC Network +), Saturday 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network), Sunday (SEC Network +).

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Series: MSU leads 67-43-2 overall and 26-22 in Nashville.

Pitching rotation: Friday – MSU RHP Dakota Hudson (2-1, 1.90 ERA) vs. VU RHP Jordan Sheffield (3-1, 1.09 ERA); Saturday – MSU RHP Austin Sexton (2-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. VU LHP Ben Bowden (2-0, 4.50 ERA); Sunday – MSU TBA vs. VU RHP Kyle Wright (3-0, 1.76 ERA).

Warren Nolan RPI: MSU No. 61, Vanderbilt No. 22

About MSU: The Bulldogs swept Oregon last weekend but lost two midweek contests to Eastern Kentucky and Oral Roberts…Jacob Robson has reached base in 18 straight games and is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak…Brent Rooker is the reigning SEC Player of the Week…MSU won the previous series against Vanderbilt in Starkville in 2014 by a combined score of 24-10…MSU’s last win in Nashville came in 2011 and is just 1-8 there under John Cohen…The Bulldogs rank fourth nationally with 45 doubles.

About Vanderbilt: The Commodores have won eight straight games and are 14-0 at home this season…Tonight’s starter Jordan Sheffield is the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week. The junior gave up just one hit and had 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 shutout innings in his previous start vs. Xavier…Vandy leads the SEC in runs (163), triples (13) RBIs (141) walks (106) and home runs allowed (2)…The Commodores rank first in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.2…Vanderbilt defeated Northern Illinois 9-2 at home on Tuesday.

Next up: MSU hosts Mississippi Valley State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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