Diamond Dawgs Host Morehead State Tuesday
MSU is coming off a four-game Opening Weekend that saw State win both of its contests vs. Western Illinois and split with No. 11 Texas Tech. The Bulldogs closed the weekend with a Sunday doubleheader sweep thanks to a pair of comeback wins.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the third all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and Eagles, the first since the two sides met in Starkville in 2003.
For all midweek games this season, general admission tickets will be sold for $2. Hot dogs will also be available for $2 at concessions. Fans can also visit HailState.com/memories for incredible fan experiences.
NEED TO KNOW
- 13 Bulldogs made their MSU debut this past weekend, nine of which came on the mound (Graham Ashcraft, Trysten Barlow, Jacob Barton, Brant Blaylock, Harrison Bragg, Parker Ford, Trey Jolly, Denver McQuary, Peyton Plumlee, Tanner Poole, Spencer Price, Riley Self and Dustin Skelton)
- Over four games, MSU pitchers struck out a total of 46 batters
- MSU scored 28 runs on 25 RBI’s, nine extra base hits and stole eight bases on as many attempts while the pitchers combined for 46 strikeouts on 38 innings pitched
- Freshman Riley Self led with a team-high nine strikeouts in two relief appearances, including seven in the series finale victory against No. 14 Texas Tech on Sunday to record his first win
- 2016 SEC Batting Champ Jake Mangum extended both his on-base and hitting streaks to 17 games, dating back to 2016
- MSU was a perfect 8-of-8 in stolen bases and their 8 steals are tied for the most in the SEC
- Sophomore Hunter Stovall hit .533 (8-15) over the weekend and leads State in batting average (.533), hits (8), total bases (10), slugging percentage (.677), on-base percentage (.588)
- Three crowds of 10,000-plus attended all three days, totaling to 31,764–the largest opening weekend crowd in Dudy Noble Field history (MSU now has 47 crowds of over 10,000 fans)
- MSU recorded two comeback victories over the weekend (both on Sunday) after having recorded 13 comeback wins in 2016 (The Bulldogs were down 5-0 into the sixth inning against Western Illinois, and 4-0 in the third inning vs. Texas Tech)
- Five Diamond Dawgs extended career highs for multi-hit games on Sunday: Jake Mangum and Brent Rooker (24 games), Ryan Gridley (21), Hunter Stovall (9) and Cody Brown (5)
- Five hitters extended career highs for multi-RBI games on Sunday: Brent Rooker (16 games), Stovall (5), Cody Brown (4, 1st career three-RBI game), Luke Alexander (2), Brant Blaylock (1)
- In his first career start on Feb. 18, Tanner Poole went 3 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored
Tuesday’s Forecast (Feb. 21) – High 66, Low 56 – 100% Chance of Rain
LIVE VIDEO & TELEVISION
LIVE AUDIO & RADIO
Opening Day will air live on the Mississippi State Baseball Radio Network. The other three games will air only on 96.1 FM in the Starkville area. All four games will also be audio streamed live online at HailState.com/Plus (requires subscription), as well as on TuneIn Radio.
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 prior to first pitch of every game.
GAME MANAGEMENT POLICY CHANGES
Ice Chest / Cooler check at all DNF gates
In adherence to Southeastern Conference and MSU Game Management Policy, all ice chests and ice coolers, regardless of size, will be checked at all gates prior to entry into Dudy Noble Field-Polk Dement Stadium this season. Individuals with prohibited items will be denied entry. Stadium gates will open two hours prior to first pitch, with servicing of suites and outfield rigs permitted on game day until 30 minutes prior to the gate opening time. All individuals must exit the stadium 30 minutes prior to gate opening and may reenter at gate opening after their tickets have been scanned.
Rightfield deck no standing / Safety lane
To provide for the safe management of the newly created deck space in right field, a 4’ wide “No Standing / Safety Lane” has been marked on the right field deck. This visible, safe walkway will provide an unobstructed, free moving means for individuals and emergency personnel full access to travel along the right field deck length. At no time is it permissible to block, restrict or prevent individual movement or pedestrian traffic within and along the marked lane. Pedestrians are not permitted to stop or stand at any time within the marked lane.