Entering the stretch run of the 2019 regular season, the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball team will welcome Memphis to Dudy Noble Field for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Wednesday.
Sitting at 38-10 overall, Mississippi State is No. 5 in three of the six major national polls, while the Diamond Dawgs are No. 6 in the remaining polls. The program enters the week with a 15-9 record in Southeastern Conference play and owns the No. 3 RPI in college baseball.
Memphis played Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday at home before making the trek to Starkville for Wednesday evening’s contest.
Currently, the Tigers are 24-21 overall and 8-9 in the American Athletic Conference.
Last weekend, Memphis took two of three games from USF at home.
Keegan James, a junior right-hander, is the expected starter for MSU. Memphis has yet to name a starter.
Redshirt junior Ethan Small earned his first career SEC Player of the Week honor after throwing seven hitless, scoreless innings at Texas A&M.
Mississippi State and Memphis will meet for the 78th time in series history. While the Bulldogs own a 51-26 edge on the all-time ledger, the Tigers are 3-2 in the last five meetings.
The first meeting between the two programs came in 1950, as State swept a two-game series with Memphis by scores of 14-2 and 11-1.
Senior Jake Mangum passed LSU’s Eddie Furniss as the Southeastern Conference’s career hits leader. His 360 career hits lead all active Division I student-athletes and rank No. 9 on the NCAA’s all-time list.
Fans have flooded the gates at Dudy Noble Field thus far in 2019, with six crowds of 10,000-plus through 29 home dates, which is already tied for the second-most in program history.
Of the 10 losses for the Diamond Dawgs, four of them have come in one-run games, with three of those against ranked opponents.
Head coach Chris Lemonis won his first four games as Mississippi State skipper. Lemonis is one of nine MSU head coaches to win his first career game and one of three to start 4-0 or better.