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Junior right-hander Austin Sexton will take the mound for Mississippi State on Saturday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Junior right-hander Austin Sexton will take the mound for Mississippi State on Saturday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

NO. 6 TEXAS A&M AT NO. 2 MISSISSIPPI STATE

When: Friday 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +), Saturday 2 p.m. (SEC Network +), Sunday 1:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Records: Texas A&M 26-7, 7-5 SEC; MSU 24-9-1, 8-4 SEC

Series: MSU leads 13-8 overall.

Last meeting: Texas A&M took two games from the Bulldogs in College Station last year. The Aggies won 3-1 and 13-5 while MSU took the middle game 3-2.

Pitching rotation: Tonight – MSU RHP Dakota Hudson, Jr. (4-2, 1.68 ERA) vs. A&M RHP Brigham Hill, So. (4-0, 1.42); Saturday – MSU RHP Austin Sexton, Jr. (3-1, 3.28) vs. A&M RHP Jace Vines, So. (5-0, 3.77); Sunday – MSU TBA vs. A&M RHP Kyle Simonds, Sr. (6-1, 3.35).

RPI: A&M 10, MSU 17

About the Aggies: Texas A&M has won four consecutive games but have lost four straight road games…Hunter Melton is the reigning SEC Player of the Week and is riding a 10-game hitting streak… Melton leads the SEC with eight homers…In last week’s sweep of Georgia, Texas A&M pitchers only allowed three runs and had 22 strikeouts in 23 innings of work…The Aggies are 2-5 against Top 25 opponents this season…Texas A&M leads the SEC in hitting (.320), triples (16), home runs (35) and have allowed the fewest runs (111).

About the Bulldogs: Missisippi State has won five straight series including four in SEC play…MSU is currently leading the Western Division…Jacob Robson remains questionable with a hand injury…Jake Mangum is the SEC Freshman of the Week and is hitting .427…The Bulldogs are 8-3 against Top 25 opponents…Reid Humphreys is tied for the SEC lead with 15 doubles…MSU is tied for the SEC lead with 382 hits.

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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