Blog – Pregame: Central Arkansas at No. 14 Mississippi State, Starkville Regional

Records: MSU (43-17), UCA (39-20)

First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.


Pitching matchup: MSU senior RHP Kendall Graveman (5-5, 3.04 ERA) vs. UCA senior RHP Caleb McClanahan (10-5, 2.17)

MSU lineup: Frazier SS, Detz DH, Renfroe RF, Pirtle 2B, Rea 1B, Bradford CF, Frost 3B, Ammirati C, Henderson LF

UCA lineup: Allday RF, Davis CF, Harris LF, Marchal 2B, Marietta C, Zimmerie 1B, Brown 3B, Treece SS, Townsend DH

Umpires: HP: Mark Winters, 1B: Gus Rodriguez, 2B: Don Goller, 3B: Heath Jones

Pregame song(s): The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy

This is the 12th regional MSU has hosted, but the first since 2003. The Bulldogs haven’t played postseason baseball in Starkville since the 2007 Super Regional against Clemson. Many State fans are excited to have postseason baseball back in Starkville an Dudy Noble Field should be rocking.

One big thing to watch: The No. 1 seed Bulldogs are looking to start in the winner’s bracket of the Starkville Regional. Last year the Bulldogs lost the first game in the Tallahassee Regional and had to play catchup. With a win, MSU plays No. 2 seed South Alabama tomorrow at 7 p.m. With a loss, MSU plays No. 3 seed Mercer tomorrow at 2 p.m. USA beat Mercer 9-4 earlier in the day. The No. 4 seed Bears took two out of three from the Bulldogs in early March. MSU will be seeking revenge.

Preview: They meet again: MSU, Central Arkansas played series in March


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