Blog – Pregame: Marshall at No. 18 Mississippi State (with video)

Records: MSU (4-0) MU (2-1)

First Pitch: 4 p.m.

TV: SEC Network+

Stadium: Dudy Noble Field at Polk Dement Stadium

Series History: First meeting

Pitching matchup: MSU junior Preston Brown (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K) vs. MU senior RHP Matt Margaritonda (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K)

MSU lineup: 1. Seth Heck SS 2. John Holland 1B 3. Reid Humphreys LF 4. Luke Reynolds DH 5. Jacob Robson CF 6. Ryan Gridley 2B 7. Jake Vickerson RF 8. Josh Lovelady C 9. Matthew Britton 3B

MU lineup: 1. Corey Bird CF 2. Sergio Leon SS 3. Andrew Dundon 3B 4. TJ Differnderfer 1B 5. Ryne Dean DH 6. Billy Sager LF 7. Josh King 2B 8. DJ Gee RF 9. Aaron Bossi C

Umpires: HP – Jeff Head 1B – Larry Short 2B – Eddie Loggins

Pregame song(s):

I loved him in the Drive-By Truckers, and he has been good as a solo act. I hope you enjoy.

One big thing to watch: MSU will more than likely be without senior first baseman Wes Rea for a second-straight game. He was hit by a pitch on his knee last weekend and was held out of Sunday’s game due to soreness. MSU head coach John Cohen said he could play but probably won’t. His replacement for this game and the rest of the weekend will have a close eye from the fans and coaching staff.

Video:

Preview: Mississippi State expects to see more experienced pitching during weekend

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