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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.

Baseball Claims 2012 Lid lifter With 6-2 Win Over Cougars

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Led by the dominant hitting performance of sophomore Daryl Norris, the Mississippi State Bulldogs started off the 2012 campaign with a 6-2 victory against the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12.

Norris, who tied a career-high with three hits in four at-bats, was one of many Bulldogs to have a hot bat in tonight’s match-up, as seven of the nine MSU starters earned a hit, where five of those collected multiple.

“I was really pleased with our hitting,” MSU coach John Cohen said. “I think our ball club is a little less swing and miss, and a little more line drive ground ball this year.”

Mississippi State (1-0) won their ninth-consecutive season and home-opener, with Cohen improving to 7-0 in opening-day games at Dudy Noble Field – 3-0 as a player (1988-90) and 4-0 as a coach (2009-12).

After a solid starting pitching performance from redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell, the Maroon and White opened up the scoring with a three-run second inning. Sophomore Taylor Stark got the ball rolling with an RBI single, scoring Norris. Sac flies from Wes Rea and Matthew Britton tacked on two more, the first scoring Trey Porter, with the latter scoring Stark.

The Cougars answered back in the fourth with two runs of their own, only to have the Bulldogs respond in the bottom half. Sophomores C.T. Bradford and Adam Frazier both drove in runs on base hits, upping State’s lead to three, 5-2.

Norris sent a runner home in the eighth to put the finishing touches on the Bulldogs’ win.

Chris Stratton (1-0) kept the Cougars at bay to close out the game, serving in 4.0 innings of

relief, only allowing one hit and striking out three. Bracewell turned in a career-high 4.1 innings of work in his first-career start on the mound, notching a career-high five strikeouts.

The Bulldogs finished with a total of 13 hits. Norris led all batters with three, while Brent Brownlee, Frazier, Porter and Stark all contributed two.

Washington State finished with only four hits in 29 total at-bats. Starter J.D. Leckenby (0-1) pitched 4.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, taking the loss for the Cougars.

State will return to action tomorrow for game two of the three-game series against the Cougars, with game time set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s contest to close-out the series is set for 1:30 p.m.

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