MSU faces busy baseball week
From special reports
April 9, 2002
STARKVILLE Mississippi State's baseball Bulldogs have plenty of home work this week. The Diamond Dogs, 17-11-1 overall and 6-5 in SEC play, entertain the Samford University Bulldogs today at 6:30 p.m. to open this week's five-game slate at Dudy Noble Field.
Wednesday Sate hosts Mississippi Valley State (7-29) at 6:30 p.m. and then welcomes SEC Western Division rival Arkansas (17-11, 4-5 SEC) for a three-game weekend series.
Junior right-hander Jacob Blakeney (0-2, 6.87) will draw tonight's start for State. Samford is coached by former MSU player and assistant coach Tim Parenton, who has guided his Bulldogs to a 19-14 mark.
MSU senior center fielder Casey Long, a former Meridian Community College standout, leads the Bulldogs in hitting with a .370 average, while Matthew Brinson, last week's SEC Player of the Week, is hitting .315 with 34 RBIs.
MSU owns a 23-7 lead in its baseball series with Samford, but in last year's meeting Samford defeated the Bulldogs 9-3 to snap a string of 11-straight MSU wins. The two teams area also scheduled to meet May 15 in Birmingham.