March 19, 2013

Alcorn State preview

No. 14 Mississippi State hopes to keep its midweek winning streak alive tonight taking on instate opponent Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m.

The Diamond Dogs have won all five midweek games this season and are 19-4 overall. It will be MSU's final test before going on the road for the first time this season.

The two Magnolia State teams have met 11 previous times on the diamond with the Bulldogs winning all of them. All games have been played at Dudy Noble Field with Mississippi State outscoring the Braves 174-28 in those contests.

The Diamond Dogs claimed last year's meeting 6-2, the lowest margin of victory in the series which dates back to 1993. Second baseman Sam Frost paced MSU's seven hit attack going 2-for-4 with and double and an RBI. Will Cox picked up the win on the mound tossing three perfect innings with six strikeouts.

The Bulldogs are coming off a Southeastern Conference opening series loss at home to LSU over the weekend. The Tigers rallied back with a 6-4 10-inning win on Friday and clinched the series with a 7-3 win on Saturday. Mississippi State salvaged the Sunday game with a 10-2 victory. The Bulldogs had 12 hits led by second baseman Brett Pirtle going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI in the finale.

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