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Mississippi State junior catcher Jack Kruger ranks third on the team with a .342 batting average. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Mississippi State junior catcher Jack Kruger ranks third on the team with a .342 batting average. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

No. 4 Mississippi State at Auburn

When: Friday 6 p.m. (SEC Network+), Saturday 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network), Sunday 1 p.m. (SEC Network+)

Radio: MSU Radio Network

Records: MSU 34-14-1, 15-9 SEC; Auburn 22-27, 8-16 SEC

Series: MSU leads 102-88-1 overall. The Tigers lead 50-36 in Auburn.

Last meeting: The Tigers won last years series in Starkville shutting out MSU 5-0 and 4-0 in the first two games. The Bulldogs salvaged the finale 3-1.

Pitching: Friday – MSU Jr. RHP Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.80 ERA) vs. Auburn Jr. RHP Cole Lipscomb (2-3, 5.02); Saturday – MSU Jr. RHP Austin Sexton (5-2, 3.66) vs. Auburn Sr. RHP Justin Camp (3-3, 3.58); Sunday –  MSU TBA vs. Auburn TBA

RPI: MSU 8; Auburn 125

About the Bulldogs: MSU has won seven of its first eight SEC series for the first time since 1997…The Bulldogs have won all four SEC road series this year…MSU has outscored its opponents 89-26 in the first two innings this season…1B Nathaniel Lowe is the reigning SEC Player of the Week…2B/C Hunter Stovall is doubtful for this weekend with a left leg injury…While at MSU, John Cohen is 11-10 against Auburn…LF Jake Mangum ranks second in the SEC hitting .413…MSU tops the league with 533 hits and 102 doubles.

About the Tigers: Auburn head coach Butch Thompson served as MSU’s pitching coach from 2009-15…Tigers’ volunteer assistant Greg Drye was also at MSU for 11 years…CF Anfernee Grier is tied for the SEC lead with 54 hits and ranks second in homers (10) and third in batting average (.383)…Auburn is hitting .304 as a team but have the worst fielding percentage in the SEC at .960.

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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