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No. 7 Mississippi State baseball welcomes Northern Kentucky for weekend series

Friday's first pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT.

Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No 7 Mississippi State baseball team will host the Northern Kentucky Norse in a three-game nonconference series beginning Friday at 3 p.m. CT at Dudy Noble Field.

The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and will conclude with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-0 SEC) are coming off a 17-1 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. Senior Tanner Leggett led MSU with two hits, including his second home run, two runs and three RBIs. Junior Luke Hancock went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, while graduate student Jess Davis finished with two hits. Junior Matt Corder and senior Brayland Skinner had two RBIs, while sophomore Davis Meche added a home run.

Leggett leads the Bulldogs with a .500 batting average with three hits, five RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Brad Cumbest is hitting .417 with five hits and two RBIs, while junior Kamren James is hitting .364 with four hits, six runs and one RBI.

The MSU pitching staff has struck out 51 batters in 34 innings and is limiting hitters to a .258 batting average. Junior right-handed pitcher Landon Sims struck out 13 batters in seven innings while allowing just one run on five hits in his first start.

The Norse (0-3, 0-0 Horizon League) were swept by East Tennessee State last weekend and were outscored 38-14. The team is hitting .221 with 10 doubles and four home runs. Northern Kentucky’s pitching staff has posted a 12.75 ERA in 24 innings of work.

Redshirt junior Treyvin Moss leads the Norse with a .385 batting average with five hits, three RBIs and one run scored. Senior Brennan Gick is hitting .375 with three hits, three RBIs and one run scored.

Friday, Feb. 25 (3 p.m. CT)

Probable Starters:

MSU: RHP Landon Sims (0-1, 1.29 ERA)

NKU: TBA

Live Video: SEC Network+

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=394986

Saturday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m. CT)

Probable Starters:

MSU: RHP Preston Johnson (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

NKU: TBA

Live Video: SEC Network+

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=394987

Sunday, Feb. 27 (1 p.m. CT)

Probable Starters:

MSU: RHP Cade Smith (1-0, 1.59 ERA)

NKU: TBA

Live Video: SEC Network+

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=394988