DIAMOND DOGS HOST BRAVES TUESDAY

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State (7-1) opens its 19-game March schedule

Tuesday afternoon hosting instate-non-conference foe Alcorn State (2-5) in a 5 p.m. game at Dudy Noble Field. The radio broadcast of the game will be carried on WFCA-FM (107.9) in French Camp, Miss., with live audio and video streaming available online (www.mstateathletics.com/m2mlive) to subscribers of “Maroon to the Max”.

The Bulldogs, in the midst of a season-opening 14-game homestand, pounded out 13 hits and got season-first home runs from Ryan Collins, Jarrod Parks and Taylor Stark Sunday afternoon en route to a series-clinching 14-5 win over Belmont. All nine starters in the Bulldog batting order hit safely for State, fifth in the early SEC hitting charts with a .331 team batting average. MSU’s seven home runs ranks as the second-most in the league.

MSU has designated sophomore righty Kendall Graveman (0-0, 3.60) for his second start of the season while Alcorn State will open with senior southpaw Brent Blaum (0-0, 9.45). After an 0-5 start, the Braves took two of three games last weekend in Lorman, Miss., against Illinois-Springfield.

Mississippi State leads the series 9-0, including a 27-4 decision last year.

Senior shortstop Jonathan Ogden (.346) enters the week riding a team-leading five-game hitting streak, which includes a trio of home runs, second-most in the SEC two weeks into the season.

The Bulldogs continue their homestand this weekend, hosting Georgia State (7-1) and Iowa (0-3) in a three-day double round-robin baseball event.

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