Records: MSU (39-15, 15-13), S. Carolina (38-15, 16-11)
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Pitching matchup: MSU senior RHP Kendall Graveman (5-5, 3.00 ERA) vs. S. Carolina sophomore LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-1, 1.86)
MSU lineup: Frazier SS, Detz 3B, Renfroe RF, Pirtle 2B, Rea 1B, Bradford CF, Henderson LF, Ammirati C, Armstrong DH
S. Carolina lineup: Schrock 2B, Vergason, Pankake SS, Dantzler DH, Greiner C, Saiko LF, Martin 1B, Bright RF, English CF
Umpires: HP: A.J. Lostaglio (cc), 1B: Stephen Hagan, 2B: Scott Cline, 3B: Scott Kennedy
Yep, you guessed it. It was a rainy afternoon here in Starkville. The radar “looks” clear for the rest of the night. The rain came back at around 4:50 after I filmed this video of Dudy Noble Field, but it didn’t rain long.
One big thing to watch: Postseason positioning: According to Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, “Mississippi State is one win away from effectively clinching a regional hosting spot.” The Bulldogs have two shots at getting that final win and it starts tonight. A sweep of the Gamecocks, and the Bulldogs would earn the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament and a first round bye next week in Hoover, Ala.
Game one recap: Deja vu for Dogs: State rallies to win in SEC once again