Mississippi State head coach John Cohen had his guys back on the practice field Thursday morning.
“We just had a great practice,” Cohen said. “Our practice was very energetic and I thought we got a ton done. It was just a week ago we were talking about being 6-0, winning six in a row, but now we haven’t played as well in the last three ballgames. They’re really looking forward to get it going again.”
The No. 28 Bulldogs (28-18, 11-0) hope to take the practice momentum with them to Auburn this weekend for a three-game series against the Tigers (25-20, 9-12).
Today’s game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 6 p.m. and be televised by CSS and Sunday’s finale’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
“Our kid’s are looking forward to going down to Auburn,” Cohen said.
Junior right hander Trevor Fitts (3-2, 2.90 ERA) will start on the mound in game one. The Helena, Ala. native remembers his freshman season there, especially the 315-foot short porch in left field.
Junior left hander Ross Mitchell (6-4, 2.35 ERA) will get the ball on Saturday, but Sunday’s starter has not been announced yet. MSU went with redshirt sophomore righty Preston Brown last weekend against A&M, but his status is unknown moving forward. Cohen also said that junior right hander Brandon Woodruff is a real possibility to start on Sunday.
The Tigers will go with senior right hander Dillon Ortman (8-2, 1.92 ERA) today, freshman righty Keegan Thompson (5-2, 1.74 ERA) Saturday and senior lefty Michael O’Neal (3-4, 3.43 ERA) in Sunday’s finale.