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Pre-game at Dudy Noble Field: Game 23/24/25 vs. No. 3 Arkansas

 

Mississippi State (15-7, 1-2 in SEC) hosts No. 3 Arkansas (20-2, 3-0) for a three-game weekend series starting tonight at Dudy Noble Field at 6:30 p.m.

Mississippi State (15-7, 1-2 in SEC) hosts No. 3 Arkansas (20-2, 3-0) for a three-game weekend series starting tonight at Dudy Noble Field at 6:30 p.m. Photo by: Mississippi State athletics

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE -- Similarly to MSU football and basketball, we will provide you this form of a pre-game blog complete with a short recap of what happened the weekend before and a detailed scouting report on the pitching matchup and a projected lineup before every game to document the journey that is the Bulldogs season.  

 

 

 

Also feel free to follow me for live game updates on Twitter through @matthewcstevens  

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS AND PROJECTED STARTERS:  

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKEND STARTERS: Friday: Chris Stratton - RHP, Jr. - 4-0, 2.12 ERA, 29.2 IP, 44 K, 10 BB,  

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Nick Routt - LHP, Sr. - 1-2, 4.05 ERA, 20 IP, 19 K, 4 BB, Opponents hitting .346 against him. 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting in the bullpen: Evan Mitchell - RHP, Soph., 1-0, 2.76 ERA, 16.1 IP, 24 K, 10 BB, Opponents hitting .196 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday: Kendall Graveman - RHP, Jr. - 2-0, 2.30 ERA, 31.1 IP, 16 K, 7 BB, Opponents hitting .228 against him. 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTED STARTERS (2011 statistics):  

 

 

 

 

 

C - Mitch Slauter, Jr., RH - .250, 4 R, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 10 BB, .353 slugging%, .376 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

1B - Wes Rea, Soph., RH - .309, 9 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, .494 slugging%, .379 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

2B - Matthew Britton, Fr., LH - .143, 7 BB, 8 E, .283 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

SS - Adam Frazier, Soph., LH - .348, 10 2B, 11 RBI, .425 OBP%, .457 slugging% 

 

 

 

 

 

3B - Phillip Casey, Fr., LH - .188, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .375 slugging%, .381 OBP%, 1.000 fielding% 

 

 

 

 

 

LF - Tyler Fullerton, Fr., RH - .412, RBI, .529 slugging%, .524 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

CF - Hunter Renfroe, Soph., RH - .288, 7 2B, 9 RBI, .384 slugging%, .354 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

RF - Demarcus Henderson, RS-Fr., RH - .347, 5 RBI, .408 slugging%, .421 OBP%, 5 SB 

 

 

 

 

 

DH - Trey Porter, Sr., LH - .349, 4 HR, 12 RBI, .587 slugging%, .462 OBP% 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARKANSAS STARTING LINEUP:  

 

 

 

 

 

C - Jake Wise, RH, Soph. - .291, 1 HR, 10 RBI 

 

 

 

1B - Dominic Ficociello, SH, RS-Soph. - .333, 2 HR, 14 RBI 

 

2B - Bo Bigham, RH, Sr., .268 1 HR, 11 RBI - Hit .308 in weekend series vs. Alabama 

 

3B - Matt Reynolds, RH, Jr., 366, 3 HR, 16 RBI - Leads team in batting average, second in RBI 

 

SS - Tim Carver, RH, R-Sr., .338, 0 HR 12 RBI - Has stolen a team-best 10 bases 

 

RF - Sam Bates, LH, Sr. .333, 5 HR, 17 RBI - Leads team in homers and RBI 

 

CF - Jacob Morris RH, RS-Soph., .288, 3 HR, 14 RBI - Hitting .412 over last five games 

 

LF - Matt Vinson SH, Jr., .180, 0 HR, 7 RBI  

 

DH - Jimmy Bosco LH, RS-Soph., .304, 2 HR 13 RBI - Has two hits in each of last two games 

 

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Jacob Mahan LH, Jr., .317, 0 HR, 9 RBI - Started midweek game vs. Nevada 

 

 

 

ARKANSAS STARTING PITCHERS:  

 

Friday: DJ Baxendale - RHP, Jr. - 5-0, 2.30 ERA, 27.1 IP, 21 K, 8 BB, Opponents hitting .219 against him. 

 

 

 

Saturday: Ryan Stanek - RHP, Soph., 5-0, 1.52 ERA, 29.2 IP, 25 K, 11 BB, Opponents hitting .212 against him. 

 

 

 

Sunday: Randall Fant - LHP, Jr. - 2-0, 2.30 ERA, 18.2 IP, 16 K, 3 BB, Opponents hitting .283 against him. 

 

 

 

All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.

 

 

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