Tatum Gets Starting Nod Tuesday Against Alcorn State
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 17 Mississippi State baseball (6-2) returns to action Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch against Alcorn State (1-7). The Diamond Dawgs are coming off a four-game weekend sweep with two wins each against Nicholls State and UMass Lowell, while the Braves lost games this past weekend to Austin Peay (12-0), Missouri State (13-1) and UConn (25-3).
The Maroon and White are 14-0 all-time against ASU, including a 10-2 victory last February.
Need To Know
- Junior left-hander Vance Tatum is expected to make his first start since April 12, 2015 at Texas A&M.
- Alcorn State has not announced a probable starter.
- Mississippi State’s pitching staff ranks sixth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings, is tied for fifth in shutouts and is 17th in double plays turned.
- MSU’s four starting pitchers this past weekend allowed zero runs and struck out 34 batters in 26 2/3 innings pitched.
- On the weekend, MSU’s pitching staff as a whole recorded a 0.75 ERA, with 49 strikeouts in 36 innings, holding hitters to a .172 average.
- The staff threw two shutouts on the weekend after not throwing one last year.
- The Bulldogs have struck out 10-plus batters in four straight games for the first time since Feb. 25-March 2, 2012.
- Offensively, MSU ranks third in doubles, 20th in walks, 22nd in hits, 27th in on-base percentage, 33rd in runs, stolen bases and triples and 35th in slugging percentage.
- After hitting .243 with two outs in 2015, the 2016 Diamond Dawgs are raking at a .341 clip with two outs this spring (31 for 91).
- With a runner on third and less than two outs this season, MSU is hitting .788 (26 for 33).
- State is 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts this season.
- Junior designated hitter Jack Kruger ranks second in the NCAA in doubles, 13th in total bases, is tied for 14th in walks and is 16th in on-base percentage.
- Junior center fielder Jacob Robson is tied for 14th in the country in walks and ranks 19th in stolen bases and 24th in runs.
- MSU has won five straight games for the first time since starting 13-0 to begin last season.
- The latest rankings came out Monday, with MSU being ranked No. 19 in NCBWA, No. 20 in D1Baseball, No. 22 in Perfect Game, No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 24 in Baseball America. The next USA Today Coaches’ Poll will not be released until next Monday.
Tuesday’s Forecast (March 1) – High 69, Low 37 – PM Thunderstorms (100%)
Live Video and Television
Live Audio and Radio
Tuesday’s game will be available locally on WKBB 100.9 FM. The contest will also be audio streamed live online at HailState.com/Plus (requires subscription).
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.
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.