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SEC BASEBALL: VANDERBILT VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE PREVIEW/PREDICTION

Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Starkville for a three-game SEC baseball series with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. 14Powers.com previews both teams and projects the winner of this series.

The Basics


Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, March 16-18

Day Time TV Tickets
Friday 7:30 PM ET (6:30 CT)

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Saturday 2 PM ET (1 CT)

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Sunday 2 PM ET (1 CT)

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Hitting Comparison


INF Ethan Paul of Vanderbilt

INF Luke Alexander of Mississippi State

BATTING AVERAGE
0.267 -- No. 10 in SEC

BATTING AVERAGE
0.266 -- No. 11 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.379 -- No. 8 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.348 -- No. 14 in SEC

HOME RUNS
33 -- No. 9 in SEC

HOME RUNS
18 -- No. 14 in SEC

Vanderbilt Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Austin MartinDH0.35042701820
Philip ClarkeDH0.296348021918
Pat DeMarcoCF0.290428152511
Connor KaiserSS0.281387112424
Ethan Paul2B0.2653510083417
Stephen ScottC0.239216052019
Julian Infante1B0.15216401108







Mississippi State Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Jake MangumCF0.3545713201113
Hunter Stovall2B0.3114711101915
Josh Hatcher1B0.279384031414
Tanner AllenDH0.278409312318
Luke AlexanderSS0.238358052617

Pitching Comparison


RHP Patrick Raby of Vanderbilt

LHP Konnor Pilkington of Mississippi State

ERA: 3.82 -- No. 10 in SEC

ERA: 3.58 -- No. 8 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.235 -- No. 8 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.245 -- No. 11 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
355 -- No. 3 in SEC in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
349 -- No. 4 in SEC

Vanderbilt Key Pitchers


Some pitchers not be listed because they haven't pitched the minimum innings

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Patrick Raby242.9040.1381317340.255
Drake Fellows423.2752.1421925600.231
Mason Hickman614.3539.1381913400.253






Mississippi State Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Konnor Pilkington252.5756.047169640.225
Ethan Small332.9452.0471715690.237
Jacob Billingsley224.0839.2331823370.228


Pitching Rotation (just announced)

Vanderbilt Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Drake Fellows (2-0, 2.42 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Patrick Raby (1-2, 1.98 ERA)

Game 3: TBA

Mississippi State Rotation

Game 1: Jr. LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 1.17 ERA)

Game 2: RSo. LHP Ethan Small (1-1, 3.54 ERA)

Game 3: Sr. RHP Jacob Billingsley (2-0, 2.89)


COMMENTS

This is a critical series for two powers of SEC baseball. Vandy has looked good in numerous wins over top 25 competition. State is not off to a great start but the Bulldogs always play well in Starkville. This series is a tossup. Either team could win it.

Series Prediction


Tossup







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