SEC BASEBALL: VANDERBILT VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE PREVIEW/PREDICTION

Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt

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
0.263 -- No. 12 in SEC

BATTING AVERAGE
0.274 -- No. 10 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.372 -- No. 9 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.351 -- No. 14 in SEC

HOME RUNS
46 -- No. 9 in SEC

HOME RUNS
27 -- No. 14 in SEC

Vanderbilt Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Austin Martin1B0.319589011627
Philip ClarkeDH0.2985313042822
Pat DeMarcoCF0.2835810173517
Connor KaiserSS0.2815011123028
Stephen ScottC0.2523290103227
Ethan Paul2B0.2474712183825







Mississippi State Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Jake MangumCF0.3427619201921
Hunter Stovall2B0.3327114423216
Tanner Allen1B0.2865913512921
Josh Hatcher1B0.256414031617
Luke AlexanderSS0.2124410063824

Pitching Comparison


RHP Patrick Raby of Vanderbilt

LHP Konnor Pilkington of Mississippi State

ERA: 4.31 -- No. 10 in SEC

ERA: 4.20 -- No. 8 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.245 -- No. 6 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.264 -- No. 12 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
483 -- No. 3 in SEC in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
471 -- No. 6 in SEC

Vanderbilt Key Pitchers


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

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Patrick Raby453.4360.1602324500.265
Drake Fellows544.0677.2623531880.226
Mason Hickman724.5359.2553023530.246






Mississippi State Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Ethan Small532.7575.1662326930.232
Konnor Pilkington264.3177.1773720800.260
Jacob Billingsley434.9158.2593232580.263


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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