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Junior Vance "Moonlight" Tatum has made 16 relief appearances this season and has one save. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Junior Vance “Moonlight” Tatum has made 16 relief appearances this season and has one save. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

MISSOURI AT NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE

When: Thursday 6 p.m. (SEC Network), Friday 7 p.m. (ESPNU), Saturday 4 p.m. (SEC Network+)

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Records: Missouri 24-22, 7-14 SEC; MSU 30-14-1, 12-9 SEC

Series: MSU leads 5-0 all-time and 1-0 in Starkville.

Last meeting: The Bulldogs swept Missouri in Columbia in 2014 but two of the wins took extra innings. MSU won 3-2 in 11 innings, 6-2 and 9-7 also in 11 innings.

Pitching: ThursdayMissouri Sr. RHP Reggie McClain (4-2, 3.72 ERA) vs. MSU Jr. RHP Dakota Hudson (6-3, 3.00 ERA); Friday – Missouri So. RHP Tanner Houck (4-4, 3.12) vs. MSU Jr. RHP Austin Sexton (4-2, 3.69); Saturday – Missouri TBA; MSU TBA

RPI: Missouri 92, MSU 11

About the Tigers: Missouri’s only game against MSU at Dudy Noble Field came during the 2003 NCAA Regional, which the Bulldogs’ won 10-5…The Tigers’ starting pitching rotation did not walk a batter and struck out 20 during last weekend’s sweep against Tennessee…Missouri is coming off a 6-4 loss at home to Illinois on Tuesday…Tanner Houck is rated the No. 1 MLB Draft prospect for 2017 by Baseball America…Opponents are batting .280 against the Tigers, the highest mark in the SEC.

About the Bulldogs: MSU has won six of its first seven SEC series for the first time since 1997…The Bulldogs are 27-1 when leading after six innings and 26-0 when leading after nine frames…John Cohen was a graduate assistant at Missouri from 1992-94 and served as an assistant under current Mizzou coach Tim Jamieson from 1995-97…RF Jake Mangum’s .416 batting average ranks second in the SEC and is the highest of any freshman in the NCAA…2B/C Hunter Stovall is expected to miss 1-3 weeks with a left leg injury.

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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