Blog – Pregame: Eastern Illinois at No. 18 Mississippi State

Records: MSU (9-4) EIU (2-9)

First Pitch: 3:21 p.m.

TV: HailState TV

Stadium: Dudy Noble Field at Polk Dement Stadium

Pitching matchup: MSU freshman RHP Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.57 ERA) vs. EIU Troy Barton (0-0, 15.43 ERA)

MSU lineup: 1. Jake Vickerson LF 2. Alex Detz 3B 3. Wes Rea 1B 4. Brett Pirtle 2B 5. Reid Humphreys DH 6. Derrick Armstrong CF 7. Cody Brown RF 8. Seth Heck SS 9. Cody Walker C

EIU lineup: 1. Frankie Perrone CF 2. Mitch Gasbarro 2B 3. Caleb Howell LF 4. Montana Timmons RF 5. Jason Scholl DH 6. Tyler Schweigert 3B 7. Adam Casson 1B 8. John Devito C 9. Dan Sauer SS

Umpires: HP – Rickey Armstrong 1B – Kevin Bradley 3B – Leland Hollis

Pregame song(s): I’m Comin’ Home by Robert Earl Keen – One of my favorite songs and by one of most underrated singer/songwriters. I hope you enjoy.

One big thing to watch: Mississippi State is looking to go 4-0 on the weekend and 6-0 this week. After a slow start, MSU has found itself. A win today would keep that going.

Game one recap: Bulldogs come back to edge Spartans 4-2

Game two & three recap: Long, but productive day: MSU gets two Saturday wins as part of Diamond Classic

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