Diamond Dawgs host Alabama in SEC weekend series

 

Tanner Allen of Mississippi State celebrates his three-run home run on Wednesday night against South Alabama.

Tanner Allen of Mississippi State celebrates his three-run home run on Wednesday night against South Alabama. Photo by: Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

 

 

 

By BEN PORTNOY 

 

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Another week, another Southeastern Conference matchup for the Mississippi State baseball team. 

 

MSU will continue its five-game home stand this weekend with a three-game set against Alabama as part of Super Bulldog Weekend. 

 

The opening game is tonight at 6. 

 

"It should be exciting," head coach Chris Lemonis said. "I've heard great things about it. Hopefully we get great weather. We've got a good opponent coming and I'd like to see us pack the house." 

 

On the pitching front, things remain uncertain. Lemonis said freshman JT Ginn is continuing to be monitored after he was pulled from a start last Saturday against Tennessee with discomfort. 

 

"We're not 100 percent positive," Lemonis said of Ginn's status. "But it's not a major thing."  

 

Redshirt junior Ethan Small will pitch Friday's series opener and senior Peyton Plumlee will get the ball Saturday. Sunday's starter has yet to be named. 

 

In the batter's box, sophomore Tanner Allen has continued his recent tear. Though his batting average sits at just .271, Allen has three home runs and seven RBIs in his last four games. 

 

"I hit home and I said, 'If I can't get it out to center with that swing I don't think I have enough juice to get it out," Allen joked of his homer Wednesday night against South Alabama. 

 

Alabama will enter the weekend as winners of three of its past four contests -- including a home series win over South Carolina. 

 

The Crimson Tide offense will be bolstered by freshman Drew Williamson and junior Kolby Robinson. Williamson leads the team in batting average at .343 while Robinson is second at .333.  

 

Sophomore Tyler Gentry and senior Joe Breaux should also factor into the equation offensively as they are tied for the team lead with 28 RBIs apiece. 

 

On the mound, Alabama will turn to senior Sam Finnerty in game one and redshirt junior Brock Love in game two. Alabama has not named a Sunday starter. 

 

Finnerty holds a 5-3 record and 3.19 ERA, while Love comes into the weekend at 4-1 with a 3.62 ERA. 

 

 

 

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