DIAMOND DOGS HOST MEMPHIS TIGERS IN FIRST MIDWEEK GAME

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State puts a five-game winning streak on the line Wednesday when the Bulldogs (6-1) play host to the University of Memphis (3-4) in a 4 p.m. college baseball game at Dudy Noble Field.

The game begins a five-game run over a five-day span for Mississippi State, which hosts Connecticut (2-4) and Lipscomb (4-4) this weekend in the second three-day, six-game double round-robin event in as many weekends at Dudy Noble Field.

Junior lefty Luis Pollorena (0-0, 9.00) is set to draw his first start in his second mound appearance of the 2012 campaign Wednesday. Polloreno (Laredo, Texas) worked an inning in relief Feb. 19 as MSU clinched a season-opening weekend series with a 5-4 win over Washington State.

Memphis, coached by former MSU assistant coach Daron Schoenrock, will open with senior righty Chase Joiner (0-1, 11.57) on the mound. The Tigers yielded five runs in the eighth inning Tuesday evening in dropping a 7-2 decision at Ole Miss.

Live video streaming of the 73rd renewal of the MSU-Memphis baseball series on HailStateTV will be available on a subscription basis on the internet (www.hailstate.com/hstvlive), with local radio coverage provided by WNMQ-FM (103.1) in Columbus, Miss.

Junior designated hitter Trey Porter (Gulfport, Miss.) leads the Bulldogs at the plate with a .409 batting. His nine hits include MSU’s first two home runs of the campaign. A pair of sophomore infielders, Adam Frazier (Bishop, Ga.) and Daryl Norris (Fairhope, Ala.) share the team lead with 10 hits each, while sophomore outfielder C.T. Bradford (Pace, Fla.) opens the week riding a team-leading five-game hitting streak.

Mississippi State claimed an 8-3 win over the Tigers in last year’s meeting at AutoZone Park in Memphis, extending MSU’s current series win streak to five games and overall series lead to 51-21.

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