Blog – Pregame: Cincinnati at No. 20 Mississippi State (with video)

Records: MSU (0-0) UC (0-0)

First Pitch: 4 p.m.

TV: SEC Network+

Stadium: Polk Dement Stadium at Dudy Noble Field

Series History: First meeting

Pitching matchup: MSU junior RHP Preston Brown (2014 stats: 4-3, 3.00 ERA, 45 IP, 43 H, 34 K, 22 BB) vs. freshman LHP Dalton Lehnen

MSU lineup: 1. Seth Heck SS 2. John Holland 2B 3. Reid Humphreys LF 4. Brent Rooker DH 5. Jacob Robson CF 6. Wes Rea 1B 7. Matt Spruill 3B 8. Michael Smith RF. Josh Lovelady C

UC lineup: 1. Kyle Mottice 2B 2. Ian Happ DH 3. Ryan Noda RF 4. Connor McVey 1B 5. Treg Haberkorn CF 6. Devin Wenzel LF 7. Jake Richmond 3B 8. Joey Thomas C 9. Manny Rodriguez SS

Umpires: HP – Larry Short 1B – Terrence Mobley 3B – Mike McCray

Pregame song(s):

I love 90s pop/rock. I hope you enjoy.

One big thing to watch: The catching position: MSU is without All-SEC backstop Gavin Collins as he is out with an injury. Junior college transfer Josh Lovelady and senior Cody Walker are expected to split time in Collins’ absence. Lovelady gets his first start of his career.

Video:

Preview: Bulldogs batter up: MSU begins 125th season at home today

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