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
Bid: At large, regular season champion
Records: 41-16-1, 21-9
Last Postseason appearance: 2014
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
Last Postseason appearance: 1987
Series vs. MSU: 14-36-1
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.