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LSU vs Mississippi State: SEC Series Preview

LSU vs Mississippi State: SEC Series Preview

Greg Deichmann (Source: WAFB) Greg Deichmann (Source: WAFB)
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LSU travels to Starkville with a lot on the line against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Tigers have a one-game lead over State in the SEC West with three games remaining.

LSU trails the Florida Gators by one game in the overall SEC standings. Florida will host the Kentucky Wildcats, who also have a shot to win the SEC.

RELATED STORY: SEC standings: It all comes down to this weekend

Here is a statistical comparison between the teams and a look at State's hitting and pitching leaders.

2017 LSU MISS. STATE
Record  36-17 34-19
SEC   18-9 17-10
Ranking 8,10 8,11,15

RELATED STORY: NCAA Baseball Polls: Hot Tigers back in the top 10

Key stat: State is 3-5 in their last 8 SEC games

TEAM HITTING:

2017 LSU MISS. STATE
Batting Avg .292 .287
Home Runs 48 47
Triples  8 13
Doubles  92 98
Runs/Game 6.5 5.8

Top hitters for the Bulldogs:
Brent Rooker: .406 batting average, 20 home runs, three triples, 26 doubles, 71 RBI and 18 stolen bases     
Jake Mangum: .333 batting average, one triple, 15 doubles, 20 RBI and 48 runs scored    
Ryan Gridley: .325 batting average, five home runs, one triple, 11 doubles and 35 RBI 
Hunter Stovall: .317 batting average, one triple and five doubles      
Cody Brown: .310 batting average, six home runs, two triples, 11 doubles and 31 RBI 

TEAM PITCHING:

2017 LSU MISS. STATE
ERA  3.74 4.60
Opp. Batting Avg  .235 .242
Strikeouts 454 468
Base on Balls 199 267

Top pitchers for the Bulldogs:
Spencer Price: 3-1, 2.28 ERA, 25 appearances (all in relief), 14 saves and 36 strike outs      
Riley Self: 5-0, 2.29 ERA, 24 appearances (all in relief), four saves and 51 strike outs     
Konnor Pilkington: 6-4, 3.44 ERA, 13 appearances (13 starts) and 91 strikeouts     
P Plumlee: 5-1, 3.61 ERA, 19 appearances (eight starts) and 42 strike outs     
Denver McQuary: 2-2, 3.89 ERA, 17 appearances (five starts)

Pitching matchups:
Game 1: Thursday at 6 p.m. on the SEC Network
LSU: Alex Lange (6-5, 2.92 ERA)
Mississippi State: Konnor Pilkington (6-4, 3.44 ERA)

Game 2: Friday at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+
LSU: Jared Poche’(8-3, 3.16 ERA)
Mississippi State: Denver McQuary (2-2, 3.89 ERA)

Game 3: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
LSU: Eric Walker (6-1, 3.77 ERA)
Mississippi State: TBA

2017 LSU baseball schedule and scores

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