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SEC BASEBALL: MISSISSIPPI STATE-KENTUCKY PREVIEW/PREDICTION

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State

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

The Basics


Mississippi State at Kentucky, May 11-13

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

ESPNU LINK
Saturday 5 PM ET (4 CT)

SEC NETWORK LINK
Sunday 3 PM ET (2 CT)

SEC NETWORK LINK

Hitting Comparison


INF Luke Alexander of Mississippi State

INF-OF Luke Heyer of Kentucky

BATTING AVERAGE
0.274 -- No. 10 in SEC

BATTING AVERAGE
0.300 -- No. 3 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.351 -- No. 14 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.408 -- No. 1 in SEC

HOME RUNS
27 -- No. 14 in SEC

HOME RUNS
77 -- No. 1 in SEC

Mississippi State Top Hitters

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







Kentucky Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Kole Cottam1B0.35071110174730
Luke Heyer3B0.34967170175526
Tristan PompeyLF0.3475918073828
Ben AklinskiCF0.3076110164129
Luke Becker2B0.3005711263635
Troy SquiresC0.2825312055124
Trey DawsonSS0.279438131938

Pitching Comparison


LHP Konnor Pilkington of Mississippi State

RHP Chris Machamer of Kentucky

ERA: 4.20 -- No. 8 in SEC

ERA: 5.26 -- No. 14 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.264 -- No. 12 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.259 -- No. 11 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
471 -- No. 6 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
479 -- No. 4 in SEC

Mississippi State Key Pitchers

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






Kentucky Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Sean Hjelle743.5686.0753419730.231
Justin Lewis734.3472.2633527920.232

COMMENTS

Once nearly given up for dead, Mississippi State is back in the thick of things. If they can win a series in Lexington they'll be on sound footing. UK is fresh off a series loss at Tennessee and could be ripe for a letdown.

Series Prediction


Kentucky 2 wins, Mississippi State 1 win







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