Georgia preview

Cole Gordon is hitting .308 as a redshirt freshman and had the game-winning hit against Vanderbilt last Friday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Cole Gordon is hitting .308 as a redshirt freshman and had the game-winning hit against Vanderbilt last Friday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Georgia (14-9) at No. 15 Mississippi State (15-6-1)

When: Thursday 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +), Friday 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +), Saturday 2 p.m. (SEC Network +)

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Series: Georgia leads 45-43 overall, MSU leads 21-18 in Starkville.

Pitching rotation: Friday – UGA LHP Kevin Smith (3-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. MSU RHP Dakota Hudson (2-1, 1.38 ERA); Saturday – UGA RHP Robert Tyler (2-1, 3.42 ERA) vs. MSU RHP Austin Sexton (2-1, 4.15 ERA); Sunday – UGA TBA vs. MSU TBA

RPI: UGA 40, MSU 42

About Georgia: UGA has lost its last three games, dropping the final two games against Kentucky (11-4, 14-6) at home last weekend and Mercer (3-1) on Tuesday…Georgia’s last visit to Starkville was in 2010 going 1-2…UGA ranks 13th in the SEC hitting only .245 as a team…Georgia is also 13th with its pitching staff sporting a 3.97 ERA and have walked a league-worst 94 batters…All but four players on Georgia’s roster hail from the Peach State…UGA’s head coach shares the same name as MSU’s athletic director, Scott Stricklin.

About Mississippi State: MSU has won three straight against Georgia…State eliminated UGA from the 2014 SEC Tournament with a 5-4 win in 10-innings during the last meeting…Dakota Hudson is the reigning National Player of the Week and SEC Pitcher of the Week…Jacob Robson has reached base safely in 22 straight games…MSU has 23 RBI’s with two outs in its last three games…MSU is 5-8 against Georgia under John Cohen…Jake Mangum is hitting .619 in March…Jack Kruger is second in the SEC in doubles with 10.

Next up: State travels to play Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl 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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