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Ryan Rigby has made 13 relief appearances in his first year as a Bulldog and maintains a 2.12 ERA. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Ryan Rigby has made 13 relief appearances in his first year as a Bulldog and maintains a 2.12 ERA. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

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.

 

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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