125th season of MSU Baseball begins TODAY @ 4:00- SEE YA AT THE DUDE!

125th season of MSU Baseball begins TODAY @ 4:00- SEE YA AT THE DUDE!

Who’s Excited!?!?!?

First pitch of Opening Day is Friday at 4 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 14 Mississippi State baseball begins its 125th season this weekend with four games at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs will play Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m., then wrap up the weekend with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch against the Bearcats Sunday. State will also play a 12 p.m. contest against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.

VIDEO: John Cohen and Players Preview Opening Day

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
12 p.m. – Miami (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati
4 p.m. – Cincinnati vs. Mississippi State

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
12 p.m. – Miami (Ohio) vs. Mississippi State
4 p.m. – Cincinnati vs. Mississippi State

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
1:30 p.m. – Cincinnati vs. Mississippi State

* Home Team Listed Second

VIDEO: 2015 Media Day Recap

Weather

Friday’s Forecast (Feb. 13) – High 48, Low 29 – Partly Cloudy (0%)
Saturday’s Forecast (Feb. 14) – High 63, Low 24 – Sunny (0%)
Sunday’s Forecast (Feb. 15) – High 42, Low 29 – Mostly Sunny (0%)

Live Video and Television

Friday’s season opener and Saturday’s doubleheader will be available on SEC Network + via the WatchESPN app. SEC Network + replaces HailStateTV as MSU’s online video streaming service. Sunday’s game will not be televised.

Watch Friday’s Game | Watch Saturday’s Game One | Watch Saturday’s Game Two

IMPOTANT VIDEO: The SEC Network and SEC Network + are two distinct channels with separate offerings.

Live Audio and Radio

Friday’s game will be available on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network. Saturday’s first game will air on WNMQ 103.1 FM, with the last two games of the week airing live on WMXU 106.1 FM. All four MSU games will be audio streamed live online at HailState.com/Plus (requires subscription) .

Probable Starters

Game One – Miami RHP Jacob Banks vs. Cincinnati RHP Andrew Zellner
Game Two – Cincinnati LHP Dalton Lehnen vs. Mississippi State RHP Preston Brown
Game Three – TBA vs. Miami RHP Ryan Powers
Game Four – TBA vs. TBA
Game Five – TBA vs. TBA

Tickets

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at HailState.com/tickets or at the MSU ticket office behind home plate, which opens two hours before first pitch every game.

Promotions

Friday – Commemorative 125 Seasons Stickers to first 1,500 fans

Saturday – “Date Night at the Dude” for both games ($14 Drink/Food Combo Special + One Rose); Mike Burns Teammate of the Year Award Presentation – Ben Bracewell; First Pitch available through Maroon Memories

Sunday – Kids Day at the Park – Kids Can Run the Bases Post-Game

Fans can also visit HailState.com/memories for incredible fan experiences such as:
Throwing out the first pitch
Standing with the team for the national anthem
Announce MSU batters for half an inning
Announce “Play Ball”
Tour the Hall of Champions

Rankings

Mississippi State – 14th in Baseball America, 20th in Collegiate Baseball, 22nd inNCBWA, 23rd in Perfect Game and 25th in USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

Cincinnati – Unranked

Miami (Ohio) – Unranked

Need To Know

  • Mississippi State begins its 125th season of baseball this weekend.
  • Starkville’s Team owns a 79-43-2 all-time record on Opening Day.
  • The Maroon and White have won 10 of its last 11 season openers, including a 5-1 mark under current head coach John Cohen.
  • The Bulldogs were picked by the league’s 14 head coaches to finish fifth in the SEC West in the annual preseason poll released this past Thursday. Last spring, Vanderbilt finished sixth in the SEC overall and went on to win the league’s fourth national championship since 2009.
  • Led by reigning and defending ABCA and Baseball America National Assistant Coach of the Year Butch Thompson, the MSU pitching staff has turned a nation-leading 201 double plays since the beginning of the 2012 season. Bulldog pitchers have also struck out 1,637 batters during that stretch, ranking third nationally behind Louisville (1,667) and North Carolina State (1,639).
  • Friday night starter Preston Brown went 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in the first two months of the 2014 season, including eight innings of two-run ball in a 17-2 dismantling of eventual national champion Vanderbilt.
  • Brown led the team with a 1.11 ERA in seven non-conference outings a year ago.
  • Infielder Seth Heck enters this weekend having reached base safely in a career-long 30-straight games.
  • First baseman Wes Rea hit .310 with 29 RBIs in 33 games at home last season.
  • Rea set a career high in 2014 by reaching base safely in the first 16 games of the season.
  • Rea became the first MSU player in the John Cohen era to drive in a run in his first seven games of the season last year, collecting hits in nine of his first 12 games.
  • Rea has recorded the first RBI of the season for MSU in each of the last two seasons.
  • Sophomore right-hander Austin Sexton did not give up an earned run at home in his debut season in 16 1/3 innings of work.

Social Media

For more information on head coach John Cohen’s club, follow the team on Twitter, like them on Facebook and join them on Instagram by searching for “HailStateBB.” You can also find all-access coverage of the program on SnapChat by searching for “HailStateSnap.”

By: Hailstate.com

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