NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA
When: Today 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU), Friday 7 p.m. (SEC Network+), Saturday 3 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Radio: MSU Radio Network
Records: MSU 28-13-1, 10-8 SEC; Alabama 24-18, 9-9 SEC
Series: Alabama leads 212-188-4 overall and 142-89-3 in Tuscaloosa.
Last meeting: The Crimson Tide took last year’s series in Starkville winning Game 1 of a Saturday doubleheader 10-5 and the rubber game on Sunday 8-4. MSU’s lone win came in Game 2, 4-1.
Pitching: Tonight – MSU RHP Dakota Hudson, Jr. (5-3, 2.82 ERA) vs. Alabama RHP Geoffrey Bramblett, Jr.. (3-2, 2.32); Friday – MSU RHP Austin Sexton, Jr. (4-2, 3.62) vs. Alabama RHP Jake Walters, So. (4-3, 1.89); Saturday – MSU TBA vs. Alabama RHP Nick Eicholtz, Jr. (3-1, 2.16).
RPI: MSU 12, Alabama 48
About the Bulldogs: MSU is 7-4 in road games this season and have won all three of its SEC road series…Head coach John Cohen is a native of Tuscaloosa…Freshman OF Jake Mangum was previously committed to Alabama, where his father John was an All-American defensive back…Mangum is second in the conference with a .429 batting average…MSU leads the SEC in doubles (93) and ranks second in hits (458) and RBIs (272)…The Bulldogs were Alabama’s final opponent at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in 2014 before beginning a $30 million renovation
About the Crimson Tide: Alabama is 6-8 against top 25 opponents this year…Jake Walters’ 1.89 ERA is the third lowest in the league…Freshman OF Keith Holcombe also plays linebacker for the Tide and was previously committed to play football at MSU…Alabama ranks last in the SEC in batting average (.248), runs scored (179), hits (342) and home runs (16)…Freshman OF Chandler Taylor’s 64 strikeouts are the most in the SEC… Junior closer Thomas Burrows is second in the conference with 10 saves.