Florida preview

Sophomore designated hitter Brent Rooker is hitting .326 with two homers, 25 RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Sophomore designated hitter Brent Rooker is hitting .326 with two homers, 25 RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

No. 5 Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida

When: Friday 4:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +), Saturday 6 p.m. (SEC Network +), Saturday 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Records: MSU 21-8-1, 6-3 SEC; UF 28-3, 7-2 SEC

Series: Florida leads 61-43 overall.

Last meeting: Florida swept MSU in Starkville year winning 6-3, 2-1 and 10-5.

Pitching rotation: Friday: MSU – RHP Dakota Hudson (4-1, 0.92 ERA) UF – RHP Logan Shore (5-0, 2.59); Saturday: MSU – RHP Austin Sexton (3-1, 2.98) UF – RHP Alex Faedo (6-0, 2.53); Sunday: MSU – TBA UF – LHP A.J. Puk (1-2, 3.38).

RPI: MSU 25, UF 1

About Mississippi State: MSU and Kentucky are the only two SEC teams to win all three SEC series this year…The Bulldogs lead the SEC with 75 doubles and a .418 slugging percentage…MSU is 5-15 against Florida under John Cohen…CF Jacob Robson will be a game-time decision after sustaining a hand injury last weekend…LF Reid Humphreys ranks second in the SEC with 12 doubles…RHP Dakota Hudson leads the league with a 0.92 ERA…MSU has 11 batters hitting over .300 and ranks third in the SEC with a .320 batting average overall.

About Florida: The Gators have won 28 straight games at home and are 21-0 at McKethan Stadium this spring…Florida’s pitching staff sits third in the SEC with a 2.82 ERA and holds opponents to a .214 batting average… Gator pitchers lead the league in strikeouts (336) and fewest walks (76)…RHP Alex Faedo leads the SEC with 60 strikeouts while RHP Shaun Anderson is second with six saves.

Next up: Following up a Feb. 23 rainout, MSU hosts Memphis Wednesday 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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