Mississippi State starts its 125th baseball season Friday with a 4 p.m. first pitch against Cincinnati.
Bulldog head coach John Cohen says junior right hander Preston Brown will pitch the opener, but hasn’t decided the rotation for the other three games. MSU plays Miami of Ohio at noon and Cincinnati again at 4 p.m. Saturday. The weekend concludes with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch against Cincinnati on Sunday.
“I think we have a luxury of being able to watch both these teams play,” Cohen said. “Having that luxury, we’re going to wait and just see in what order we want to go on on Saturday. If you need Ross (Mitchell) on Friday night, that might change your plans a little bit. We certainly know that (Lucas) Laster is going to pitch, we know Jesse McCord is going to throw some time during the course of the weekend (and) we know (Austin) Sexton is going to throw at some point.”
Brown started nine games and made 13 appearances as a sophomore. He held a record of 4-3. He will face off against freshman left hander Dalton Lehnen of Cincinnati.
Sophomore catcher Gavin Collins is on the shelf for three to five weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. That leaves junior college transfer Josh Lovelady and senior Cody Walker as the only two listed catchers on the roster.
Cohen hasn’t decided on who will start game one, but says both will get a chance to catch.
The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference Western Division by the league’s 14 coaches on Thursday. Collins was an All-SEC First Team selection.