Cats Set to Battle #25 Mississippi State
The University of Kentucky baseball team will travel to Starkville, Miss., for a three-game Southeastern Conference series with #25 Mississippi State, April 20-22, at Dudy-Noble Field. The series gets underway on Friday at 6 p.m. CST, and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net South.
UK enters Friday's series opener with an overall record of 18-22, 5-13 in SEC play. The Cats have played well of late, taking two of three from Vanderbilt last weekend and knocking off Western Kentucky on Wednesday.
Improved hitting has been the key to the Wildcats recent surge. UK's team batting average has been on a steady climb in the past month and currently stands at .288. Gordon Tyler is the Wildcats leading hitter at .343. Five other UK players are batting above .300. Seth Morris continues to be the Wildcats primary long-ball threat. Morris' homer against WKU gave him a team-best 11 for the season.
Pitching has been a constant for UK this season. Scott Wade leads a talented corps of hurlers with a 2.87 ERA. Wade, who will open the series on the mound for the Cats, has tossed three complete games, two coming in SEC play, in addition to one shutout. As a staff, the Wildcats boast an ERA of 4.53.
MSU (23-15, 11-7 SEC) jumped back into the national polls after taking two of three games from South Carolina last weekend. The Bulldogs, a perennial power in the SEC Western Division, have the luxury of playing at one of collegiate baseball's most intimidating facilities in Dudy-Noble Field. MSU draws in excess of 6,000 fans for most home games.
Game time for Saturday is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST. Sunday's series finale will get underway at 1:30 CST.
UK trails the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 24-40. MSU took both games from the Cats last season in Lexington. UK's last series win over the 'Dawgs came in 1998 in Starkville.
All of UK's SEC games will be broadcast locally on WLXO-96.1-FM.