SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Florida at Mississippi State

SEC Baseball series preview Florida at Mississippi State

Florida travels to Mississippi State for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews this series and predicts the series winner.

By 14Powers SEC Baseball Staff

Jud Fabian of Florida
Jud Fabian of Florida
Dudy Noble Field (15,000)
Dudy Noble Field (15,000)
Brad Cumbest of Mississippi State
Brad Cumbest of Mississippi State

Series Schedule May 6-8

  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 8:00 PM SEC Network Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 7:30 PM ESPNU Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 2:00 PM SEC Network+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Hitting

  BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR SF BB Bunts SB
Florida 0.272 0.361 277 395 58 8 77 19 176 13 35
Mississippi State 0.280 0.380 333 440 75 4 83 20 213 6 32

Pitching & Fielding

  ERA K/9 OBA HA/9 HB SWR WHIP HR BB/9 DP F%
Florida 4.54 9.1 0.242 8.20 61 2.54 1.31 45 3.60 31 0.980
Mississippi State 5.32 11.2 0.250 8.60 42 2.46 1.46 61 4.57 28 0.984

Statistical Leaders

Florida Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Sterlin Thompson Florida 0.335 0.405 57 8 2 8 34 17 5
Wyatt Langford Florida 0.329 0.403 54 4 3 14 44 17 5
BT Riopelle Florida 0.289 0.356 41 2 1 12 37 11 4
Josh Rivera Florida 0.285 0.358 41 7 0 6 19 16 4
Jud Fabian Florida 0.267 0.446 40 7 1 16 39 45 5
Colby Halter Florida 0.251 0.350 43 9 0 5 16 20 6
Kendrick Calilao Florida 0.222 0.299 30 7 0 3 19 13 0
Deric Fabian Florida 0.221 0.329 30 3 0 4 21 19 4

Florida Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Hunter Barco Florida 5 2 2.50 9 9 0 50 34 14 14 11 69 0.187
Nick Ficarrotta Florida 3 0 3.83 22 0 3 44 37 23 19 10 45 0.228
Brandon Sproat Florida 5 4 4.39 12 11 0 55 58 28 27 25 54 0.272

Mississippi State Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Brad Cumbest Mississippi State 0.319 0.362 52 11 0 12 30 10 4
RJ Yeager Mississippi State 0.316 0.398 49 9 0 16 46 15 2
Kamren James Mississippi State 0.316 0.409 54 7 0 8 28 25 9
Logan Tanner Mississippi State 0.313 0.414 51 8 0 6 35 27 0
Hunter Hines Mississippi State 0.293 0.396 49 9 1 14 47 25 0
Luke Hancock Mississippi State 0.285 0.419 49 9 0 7 25 31 2
Kellum Clark Mississippi State 0.250 0.367 37 8 1 13 36 21 1

Mississippi State Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Brandon Smith Mississippi State 3 3 3.76 16 5 0 50 53 24 21 8 50 0.266
Cade Smith Mississippi State 4 2 4.20 11 11 0 60 51 30 28 30 57 0.225
Preston Johnson Mississippi State 3 3 5.52 11 10 0 60 55 39 37 29 97 0.237

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Florida:

28

Mississippi State:

64

Florida Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
55 Philip Abner LHP 6′-1″ 220 Fr. Charlotte NC
34 Kris Armstrong INF 6′-4″ 230 Jr.* Jupiter FL
12 Hunter Barco LHP 6′-4″ 210 So.* Jacksonville FL
14 Jac Caglianone LHP/1B 6′-5″ 210 Fr. Tampa FL
6 Kendrick Calilao 1B/OF 6′-1″ 210 Jr. Kissimmee FL
18 Pierce Coppola LHP 6′-8″ 215 Fr. Verona NJ
33 Jorge De Goti INF 6′-1″ 190 Fr. Miami FL
2 Ty Evans OF 6′-2″ 205 Fr. Auburndale FL
23 Deric Fabian INF 6′-4″ 185 Fr. Ocala FL
4 Jud Fabian OF 6′-2″ 195 Jr.* Ocala FL
46 Nick Ficarrotta RHP 6′-3″ 180 RS Fr.* FL
49 Carsten Finnvold LHP 6′-1″ 180 Fr. Boca Ratan FL
9 Mac Guscette C 6′-0″ 195 So. Nokomis FL
5 Colby Halter INF 6′-1″ 205 So. Jacksonville FL
28 Karl Hartman RHP 6′-4″ 215 Fr. Merritt Island FL
27 Fisher Jameson RHP 6′-5″ 225 Fr. Lake Worth FL
36 Wyatt Langford C/1B 6′-1″ 225 So.. Trenton FL
16 Rene Lastres C 6′-3″ 205 Fr. Hialeah Gardens FL
44 Timmy Manning LHP 6′-2″ 195 So. Pompano Beach FL
25 Hunter McMullen RHP 6′-2″ 205 RS Jr.* Ocala FL
3 Garrett Milchin RHP 6′-5″ 215 Gr.* Windermere FL
22 Brandon Neely RHP 6′-3″ 205 Fr. Seville FL
10 Tyler Nesbitt RHP 6′-3″ 195 RS Fr.* LaBelle FL
20 Nick Pogue RHP 6′-5″ 235 RS So. Melbourne FL
43 Matthew Prevesk OF 6′-3″ 205 RS Fr. Apopka FL
41 Blake Purnell RHP 6′-3″ 210 RS Boynton Beach FL
15 BT Riopelle C 6′-0″ 205 Jr.* Marietta GA
24 Josh Rivera INF 6′-2″ 210 So.* Avon Park FL
11 Michael Robertson OF 6′-1″ 170 Fr. Venice FL
1 Corey Robinson OF 5′-11″ 175 Fr. Port Orange FL
13 Ryan Slater RHP 6′-3″ 185 RS Fr. Palm Harbor FL
21 Sam Sloan RHP 6′-3″ 190 Fr. Bartow FL
8 Brandon Sproat RHP 6′-3″ 210 So.* Pace FL
32 Tucker Talbott OF 6′-2″ 195 RS Fr. Atlantic Beach FL
26 Sterlin Thompson OF/INF 6′-4″ 200 So. Ocala FL
50 Anthony Ursitti RHP 6′-4″ 205 Fr. Fort Myers FL

Mississippi State Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
24 Slate Alford INF 6′-3″ 220 Fr. Madison AL
48 Brooks Auger RHP 6′-5″ 205 So. Marion LA
26 Gray Bane C 6′-0″ 195 Fr. Olive Branch MS
38 Bryce Chance OF 5′-10″ 180 Fr. Ridgeland MS
16 Cole Cheatham LHP 6′-3″ 185 Fr. Ardmore AL
11 Kellum Clark INF 6′-4″ 205 So. Brandon MS
14 Matt Corder INF/OF 6′-1″ 180 Jr. Madison MS
33 Brad Cumbest OF 6′-6″ 235 Sr. Hurley MS
3 Jess Davis OF 6′-2″ 200 Gr. Kearney MO
5 Aaron Downs INF/OF 6′-0″ 210 Fr. Pella IA
43 Lane Forsythe INF 5′-11″ 175 So. Humboldt TN
27 Jackson Fristoe RHP 6′-4″ 210 So. Paducah KY
20 Luke Hancock INF/C 5′-11″ 195 Jr. Houston MS
10 Revy Higgins III OF 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Oxford AL
44 Hunter Hines INF/OF 6′-3″ 210 Fr. Madison MS
2 KC Hunt RHP 6′-3″ 200 Jr. Wycoff NJ
6 Kamren James INF 6′-2″ 205 Jr. Southaven MS
35 Preston Johnson RHP 6′-4″ 250 Jr. Crystal Springs MS
9 Pico Kohn LHP 6′-4″ 200 Fr. Verbena AL
31 Tanner Leggett INF 5′-10″ 165 Sr. Raymond MS
8 Drew McGowan OF 6′-1″ 185 Jr. Hopkinsville KY
12 Davis Meche INF 5′-11″ 175 So. Lake Charles LA
28 Tayler Montiel LHP 6′-2″ 205 Fr. Brentwood TN
30 Von Seibert INF/OF 6′-4″ 245 Jr. Daphne AL
17 Stone Simmons RHP 6′-4″ 235 Jr. Houston TX
23 Landon Sims RHP 6′-2″ 227 Jr. Cumming GA
36 Brayland Skinner OF 5′-11″ 185 Sr. Lake Comorant MS
7 Brandon Smith RHP 6′-3″ 220 Sr. Richland MS
15 Cade Smith RHP 6′-1″ 190 So. Southaven MS
32 Parker Stinnett RHP 6′-2″ 190 Jr. Oxford MS
47 Drew Talley RHP 6′-3″ 220 Sr. Huntsville AL
19 Logan Tanner C 6′-0″ 215 Jr. Lucedale MS
39 Mikey Tepper RHP 6′-2″ 200 So. Fort Mill SC
45 Cam Tullar LHP 6′-2″ 215 Sr. Brighton MI
18 Jack Walker RHP 5′-11″ 210 Fr. Lake Charles LA
29 Andrew Walling LHP 6′-2″ 220 Sr. Castle Rock WA
40 Bradley Wilson RHP 6′-3″ 230 Fr. Irwinton GA
4 RJ Yeager INF 6′-3″ 200 Gr. Lynn Haven FL

Florida Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 6:30 PM ET Liberty 2 Florida 7 SEC Network+
19-Feb 4:00 PM ET Liberty 6 Florida 4 SEC Network+
20-Feb 1:00 PM ET Liberty 5 Florida 3 SEC Network+
22-Feb 6:30 PM ET Florida 8 Stetson 1 ESPN+
23-Feb 6:05 PM ET North Florida 1 Florida 3 SEC Network+
25-Feb 6:30 PM ET Georgia State 1 Florida 4 SEC Network+
26-Feb 4:00 PM ET Georgia State 4 Florida 13 SEC Network+
27-Feb 1:00 PM ET Georgia State 1 Florida 12 SEC Network+
1-Mar 6:00 PM ET Florida 11 North Florida 2
2-Mar 6:00 PM ET Florida A&M 0 Florida 17 SEC Network+
4-Mar 6:30 PM ET Florida 2 Miami 5
5-Mar 4:00 PM ET Florida 8 Miami 1
6-Mar 12:00 PM ET Florida 11 Miami 3
8-Mar 6:00 PM ET Jacksonville 0 Florida 1 SEC Network+
9-Mar 6:00 PM ET Jacksonville PPD Florida PPD SEC Network+
11-Mar 6:30 PM ET Seton Hall Florida SEC Network+
12-Mar 4:00 PM ET Seton Hall 4 Florida 16 SEC Network+
12-Mar 4:00 PM ET Seton Hall 9 Florida 11 SEC Network+
13-Mar 1:00 PM ET Seton Hall 6 Florida 4 SEC Network+
15-Mar 6:00 PM ET Florida State PPD Florida PPD SEC Network+
18-Mar 6:30 PM ET Florida 6 Alabama 4 SEC Network+
19-Mar 6:30 PM ET Florida 13 Alabama 6 SEC Network+
20-Mar 1:00 PM ET Florida 7 Alabama 8 SEC Network+
22-Mar 6:00 PM ET Bethune-Cookman 2 Florida 3 SEC Network+
25-Mar 7:00 PM ET LSU 2 Florida 7 SEC Network
26-Mar TBA LSU 16 Florida 4 SEC Network+
27-Mar TBA LSU 11 Florida 2 SEC Network+
29-Mar 7:00 PM ET Florida 6 Florida State 3
31-Mar 8:00 PM ET Florida 6 Georgia 7 ESPNU
1-Apr 6:00 PM ET Florida 1 Georgia 6 SEC Network+
2-Apr 2:00 PM ET Florida 8 Georgia 14 SEC Network+
5-Apr 6:00 PM ET Florida A&M 3 Florida 13 SEC Network+
7-Apr 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 8 Florida 1 SEC Network
8-Apr 7:30 PM ET Arkansas 2 Florida 7 SEC Network+
9-Apr 3:00 PM ET Arkansas 7 Florida 9 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 0 Florida State 5 ACC Network
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 4 Vanderbilt 5 ESPN2
16-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 6 Vanderbilt 8 SEC Network
17-Apr 1:00 PM ET Florida 4 Vanderbilt 3 ESPNU
19-Apr 6:00 PM ET Stetson 8 Florida 10 SEC Network+
22-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 8 Florida 2 SEC Network+
23-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 3 Florida 0 SEC Network+
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Tennessee 6 Florida 4 SEC Network+
29-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Florida 9 SEC Network+
30-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 1 Florida 9 SEC Network+
1-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 8 Florida 1 SEC Network
3-May 6:00 PM ET South Florida 3 Florida 18 SEC Network+
6-May 8:00 PM ET Florida Mississippi St SEC Network
7-May 7:30 PM ET Florida Mississippi St ESPNU
8-May 1:00 PM ET Florida Mississippi St SEC Network+
10-May 6:30 PM ET Bethune-Cookman Florida SEC Network+
13-May 6:30 PM ET Florida Missouri SEC Network+
14-May 6:30 PM ET Florida Missouri SEC Network+
15-May 1:00 PM ET Florida Missouri SEC Network+
19-May 7:00 PM ET South Carolina Florida SEC Network+
20-May 7:00 PM ET South Carolina Florida SEC Network+
21-May 2:00 PM ET South Carolina Florida SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Mississippi State Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb TBA Long Beach St 3 Mississippi St 0 SEC Network+
19-Feb Long Beach St 13 Mississippi St 3 SEC Network+
20-Feb Long Beach St 4 Mississippi St 12 SEC Network+
22-Feb AR-Pine Bluff 1 Mississippi St 17 SEC Network+
25-Feb N Kentucky 7 Mississippi St 6 SEC Network+
26-Feb N Kentucky 1 Mississippi St 10 SEC Network+
27-Feb N Kentucky 2 Mississippi St 7 SEC Network+
1-Mar Grambling 1 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network+
2-Mar TBA Mississippi St 1 Southern Miss 7
4-Mar TBA Mississippi St 19 Tulane 2
5-Mar Mississippi St 10 Tulane 11
6-Mar 2:00 PM ET Mississippi St 4 Tulane 5
8-Mar Texas Tech 5 Mississippi St 11 SEC Network+
9-Mar Texas Tech 7 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network+
11-Mar Princeton 2 Mississippi St 11 SEC Network+
12-Mar Princeton Mississippi St SEC Network+
13-Mar TBA Princeton 1 Mississippi St 9 SEC Network+
14-Mar TBA Binghamton 5 Mississippi St 13 SEC Network+
18-Mar 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St 0 Georgia 11 SEC Network
19-Mar 2:00 PM ET Mississippi St 11 Georgia 12 SEC Network+
20-Mar 12:00 PM ET Mississippi St 20 Georgia 3 SEC Network
23-Mar TBA Southern 5 Mississippi St 14 SEC Network+
25-Mar TBA Alabama 6 Mississippi St 7 SEC Network+
26-Mar TBA Alabama 7 Mississippi St 8 SEC Network+
27-Mar 3:00 PM ET Alabama 6 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network
29-Mar TBA Mississippi St 10 Memphis 4
1-Apr 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St 1 Arkansas 8 SEC Network
2-Apr 7:30 PM ET Mississippi St 5 Arkansas 12 SEC Network+
3-Apr 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St 5 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
5-Apr 7:00 PM ET UT Martin 2 Mississippi St 13 SEC Network+
8-Apr 8:00 PM ET LSU 5 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network
9-Apr 3:00 PM ET LSU 4 Mississippi St 3 SEC Network+
10-Apr 2:00 PM ET LSU 13 Mississippi St 3 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET UAB 5 Mississippi St 6 SEC Network+
14-Apr 8:00 PM ET Auburn 6 Mississippi St 7 SEC Network
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 5 Mississippi St 9 SEC Network+
16-Apr 2:00 PM ET Auburn 3 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network+
19-Apr 7:00 PM ET Jackson State 2 Mississippi St 17 SEC Network+
21-Apr 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St 2 Ole Miss 4 SEC Network
22-Apr 7:30 PM ET Mississippi St 10 Ole Miss 8 SEC Network+
23-Apr 4:30 PM ET Mississippi St 7 Ole Miss 6 ESPN2
26-Apr 7:00 PM ET Ole Miss 5 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network+
29-Apr 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St 13 Missouri 4 SEC Network+
30-Apr 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St 8 Missouri 19 SEC Network+
1-May 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St 6 Missouri 7 SEC Network
6-May 8:00 PM ET Florida Mississippi St SEC Network
7-May 7:30 PM ET Florida Mississippi St ESPNU
8-May 1:00 PM ET Florida Mississippi St SEC Network+
10-May TBA Mississippi St Samford
13-May 7:30 PM ET Mississippi St Texas A&M SEC Network+
14-May 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St Texas A&M SEC Network+
15-May 1:00 PM ET Mississippi St Texas A&M SEC Network
17-May TBA North Alabama Mississippi St SEC Network+
19-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+
20-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+
21-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+

Florida-Mississippi State Series Prediction

Mississippi State has won the last three series and four of the last five. The teams are meeting for the eighth time in the last 13 seasons after meeting annually between 1994-2007 when Florida won nine of the 13 series. The Bulldog’s only sweep in the last 28 seasons came in 2018 in Starkville. The Gators own seven sweeps in that span with the last coming in 2015 at Dudy Noble Field.

Florida is coming off its third series victory and looks to improve upon its 3-6 SEC road record and snap a two conference road series losing skid. Its eight league wins are the fewest after seven weeks since it had six in 2006. After posting eight SEC road series wins in 2017-18, the Gators only have four in the last three seasons.

Mississippi State returns home after playing the last two weeks on the road and winners in two of its last three series. The Bulldogs own two SEC home series victories over Alabama and Auburn and are 19-9 in conference home series over the last six seasons. They sit at 9-12 in the standings for the second time in the last four seasons.

Florida has got to be careful or they might not make the SEC Tournament. State’s in a little better shape than the Gators. Florida has the better pitching while the Bulldogs are just a little better hitting than Florida. The Gators will probably win two out of three of these games but you never know in the SEC. State’s Dudy Noble is a tough venue for opponents.

Florida 2 wins, Mississippi State 1 win

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