Louisiana Tech preview

Senior catcher Josh Lovelady was lost for the season with a knee injury in February. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Senior catcher Josh Lovelady was lost for the season with a knee injury in February. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Top-seeded Mississippi State meets No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the finals of the Starkville Regional.

If MSU can win, it will advance to host a Super Regional next weekend. Louisiana Tech advanced to the finals with a 6-2 victory over second seeded Cal State Fullerton earlier on Sunday.

No. 1 Mississippi State

Conference: Southeastern

Bid: At large, regular season champion

Records: 41-16-1, 21-9

Last Postseason appearance: 2014

RPI: 11

Team BA: .312

Team ERA: 3.41

Team Fielding Percentage: .974

Leading Hitter: RF Jake Mangum, Fr., .424, HR, 27 RBI

Leading Pitcher: RHP Dakota Hudson, Jr., (9-4) 2.62 ERA, 109 K, 34 BB

Notes: MSU is making its 35th NCAA Tournament appearance and hosting for the 13th time, although it is the first time the Bulldogs are hosting as a national seed….RF Jake Mangum leads the SEC and is third nationally with a .424 batting average…State is 96-76 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 3 Louisiana Tech

Conference: Conference USA

Bid: At-large, regular season champion

Records: 42-19

Last Postseason appearance: 1987

Series vs. MSU: 14-36-1

RPI: 31

Team BA: .291

Team ERA: 3.80

Team Fielding Percentage: .973

Leading Hitter: LF Raphael Gladu, Jr., .347, 2 HR, 29 RBI

Leading Pitcher: RHP Adam Atkins, Sr., (6-1) 9 SV, 1.27 ERA, 54 K, 12 BB

Notes: The Bulldogs are making their eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament…Louisiana Tech won nine games over top 25 opponents and has 10 victories over top 50 RPI teams this season…Assistant coach Jake Wells served on John Cohen’s staff as a volunteer assistant at MSU from 2013-14.

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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