SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Mississippi State

Arkansas and Mississippi State logos with baseball

NOTE: THIS SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Arkansas travels to Mississippi State for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews the series and predicts the series winner.

Series Schedule March 13-19

Day Start Time (CT) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 6:30 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 1:00 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 1:00 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets

Team Statistical Comparison

Hitting

BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB CS SB
Arkansas 0.307 0.399 102 152 32 2 19 96 67 3 17
Mississippi State 0.255 0.355 76 117 20 2 11 68 62 6 10

Pitching & Fielding

ERA K OBA H R ER BB 2B 3B HR F%
Arkansas 3.32 134 0.236 117 62 49 44 14 2 10 0.975
Mississippi State 2.91 172 0.188 91 56 43 58 18 3 4 0.965

Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Batting Leaders

Player AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3b HR RBI BB SO SB
Christian Franklin 0.426 0.508 0.704 1.212 20 23 4 1 3 11 9 10 3
Heston Kjerstad 0.424 0.485 0.814 1.299 16 25 5 0 6 19 6 8 1
Braydon Webb 0.326 0.439 0.391 0.830 13 15 0 0 1 6 9 13 2
Casey Opitz 0.298 0.346 0.532 0.878 8 14 6 1 1 10 4 14 0
Robert Moore 0.278 0.381 0.426 0.807 9 15 2 0 2 14 8 14 3
Matt Goodheart 0.273 0.369 0.436 0.805 12 15 3 0 2 14 8 12 1
Jacob Nesbit 0.269 0.345 0.423 0.768 6 14 5 0 1 8 3 11 0
Casey Martin 0.265 0.400 0.408 0.808 5 13 4 0 1 6 10 16 6
Cole Austin 0.214 0.298 0.333 0.631 7 9 2 0 1 4 4 13 0

Arkansas Pitching Leaders

Player ERA IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Caleb Bolden 1.13 16.0 14 2 2 3 15 0.246
Connor Noland 2.00 18.0 13 7 4 4 19 0.203
Kole Ramage 4.40 14.1 17 8 7 5 14 0.274
Patrick Wicklander 6.32 15.2 13 13 11 9 17 0.228

Mississippi State Batting Leaders

Player AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3b HR RBI BB SO SB
Justin Foscue 0.340 0.475 0.532 1.007 9 16 3 0 2 15 13 2 1
Rowdey Jordan 0.316 0.394 0.333 0.727 13 18 1 0 0 6 8 13 2
Jordan Westburg 0.314 0.446 0.510 0.956 17 16 4 0 2 10 6 12 2
Kamren James 0.304 0.347 0.435 0.782 3 14 3 0 1 11 3 8 1
Josh Hatcher 0.283 0.316 0.491 0.807 9 15 3 1 2 6 3 10 2
Brandon Pimentel 0.167 0.271 0.262 0.533 4 7 1 0 1 7 5 12 2

Mississippi State Pitching Leaders

Player ERA IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Christian MacLeod 0.86 21.0 9 2 2 6 35 0.127
Will Bednar 1.76 15.1 9 3 3 6 23 0.161
Eric Cerantola 3.18 17.0 17 9 6 11 22 0.262

NCAA RPI

Arkansas:

47

Mississippi State:

50

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. B/T HT WT CL City ST
1 Robert Moore INF S/R 5′-9″ 165 Fr. Leawood KS
3 Zack Gregory INF L/R 5′-10″ 185 R-Fr. Keller TX
4 Cullen Smith INF L/R 6′-0″ 190 R-Jr. Nashville TN
5 Jacob Nesbit INF R/R 6′-0″ 180 R-So. Coppell TX
7 Dominic Tamez C/OF R/R 5′-11″ 200 Fr. San Antonio TX
8 Braydon Webb INF/OF R/R 6′-0″ 195 R-Jr. McKinney TX
10 Matt Goodheart INF/OF L/R 6′-1″ 180 Jr. Magnolia AR
11 Cason Tollett C/1B R/R 6′-1″ 205 Fr. Little Rock AR
12 Casey Opitz C S/R 5′-11″ 195 Jr. Centennial Co
13 Connor Noland RHP R/R 6′-2″ 215 So. Greenwood AR
15 Casey Martin INF R/R 5′-11″ 175 Jr. Lonoke AR
16 Cole Austin INF R/R 6′-2″ 195 R-Sr. Kennesaw GA
17 Jesse Pierce INF/OF R/R 6′-3″ 185 Fr. Las Vegas NV
18 Heston Kjerstad OF L/R 6′-3″ 205 Jr. Amarillo TX
19 Trey Harris OF R/R 5′-10″ 175 So. Little Rock AR
20 Elijah Trest RHP L/R 6′-3″ 205 So. White Oak TX
21 Jacob Burton RHP R/R 6′-0″ 180 So. Diana TX
22 Curtis Washington Jr. OF/INF 6′-2″ 175 West Memphis AR
24 Bryce Matthews OF L/R 6′-4″ 200 Fr. Parker CO
25 Christian Franklin OF R/R 5′-11″ 185 So. Overland Park KS
26 Travis Hester RHP RHP 6′-2″ 195 R-Fr. College Station TX
27 Blake Adams RHP/OF R/R 6′-2″ 205 Fr. Springdale AR
28 Kole Ramage RHP R/R 6′-1″ 200 Jr. Southlake TX
29 Marshall Denton RHP R/R 5′-11″ 170 R-Jr. Beebe AR
31 Caleb Bolden RHP R/R 6′-2″ 190 R-So. Texarkana TX
32 Zack Morris LHP L/L 6′-3″ 215 Fr. Cabot AR
33 Patrick Wicklander LHP R/L 6′-1″ 200 So. San Jose CA
34 Kevin Heinrich RHP R/R 6′-3″ 195 Fr. Coral Springs FL
36 Peyton Pallette RHP R/R 6′-1″ 165 Fr. Benton AR
37 Caden Monke LHP L/L 6′-3″ 170 So. Mt. Olive IL
38 Mark Adamiak RHP R/R 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Shawnee KS
39 Evan Taylor LHP L/L 6′-4″ 250 So. Florence AL
40 Corey Spain LHP L/L 5′-11″ 215 Fr. Monett MO
41 Will McEntire RHP L/R 6′-4″ 225 Fr. Bryant AR
43 Miller Pleimann RHP R/R 6′-4″ 195 So. Fayetteville AR
44 Collin Taylor RHP R/R 5′-11″ 230 R-Jr. Florence AL
45 Kevin Kopps RHP R/R 6′-0″ 205 R-Jr. Sugar Land TX
46 Carter Sells RHP R/R 6′-0″ 200 So. Brentwood TN
49 Liam Henry LHP L/L 6′-2″ 185 So. Kansas City MO
51 Hunter Milligan LHP L/L 6′-4″ 215 R-So. Greenbrier AR
57 Nathan Rintz RHP R/R 6′-2″ 185 Fr. Schaumburg IL
58 Evan Gray RHP R/R 6′-4″ 195 Fr. Swansea IL
88 Zebulon Vermillion RHP L/R 6′-4″ 225 Jr. Prairie Village KS

Mississippi State Roster

No. Name Pos. B/T HT WT CL City ST
2 KC Hunt RHP R/R 6′-3″ 201 Fr. Wycoff NJ
3 JT Ginn RHP S/R 6′-2″ 200 So. Brandon MS
4 Rowdey Jordan OF L/R 5′-10″ 185 Jr. Auburn AL
5 Tanner Allen OF R/R 5′-11″ 190 Jr. Theodore AL
6 Kamren James IF R/R 6′-2″ 192 Fr. Southaven MS
7 Brandon Smith RHP L/R 6′-3″ 213 So. Richland MS
8 Drew McGowan OF/RHP L/R 6′-1″ 182 Fr. Hopkinsville KY
9 Landon Jordan IF L/L 6′-0″ 194 So. Poplarville MS
10 Josh Hatcher IF/OF R/R 6′-2″ 198 Jr. Albany GA
11 Jordan Westburg IF L/L 6′-3″ 203 Jr. New Braunfels TX
13 Davis Rokose LHP R/R 6′-0″ 195 Fr. Johns Creek GA
14 Riley Self RHP L/L 6′-4″ 241 Sr. Coldwater MS
16 Jack Eagan LHP R/R 6′-3″ 230 Sr. Wautoma WI
17 Justin Foscue IF R/R 6′-0″ 203 Jr. Huntsville AL
18 Chase Patrick RHP R/R 5′-9″ 172 Jr. Ellaville GA
19 Logan Tanner C/RHP L/R 6′-0″ 218 Fr. Lucedale MS
20 Luke Hancock C R/R 5′-11″ 190 So. Houston MS
23 Landon Sims RHP R/R 6′-2″ 216 Fr. Cumming GA
24 Will Bednar RHP R/R 6′-2″ 229 Fr. Valencia PA
25 Kyte McDonald OF R/R 5′-10″ 190 Fr. San Antonio TX
26 Xavier Lovett RHP L/L 5′-11″ 180 Fr. Houston TX
27 Bryce Brock OF L/L 6′-0″ 180 So. Hernando MS
28 Christian MacLeod LHP R/R 6′-4″ 227 R-Fr. Huntsville AL
29 Carlisle Koestler RHP R/L 5′-11″ 191 Gr. Vicksburg MS
30 Jared Shemper LHP R/R 6′-0″ 225 Jr. Germantown TN
31 Tanner Leggett IF L/R 5′-10″ 164 Jr. Raymond MS
32 Mason Land IF R/R 5′-11″ 185 Fr. Pensacola FL
33 Brad Cumbest OF R/R 6′-5″ 250 So. Hurley MS
34 Hunter French OF R/R 5′-9″ 173 Fr. Southaven MS
36 Hunter Blalock OF R/R 6′-5″ 219 R-Fr. Madison MS
37 Eric Cerantola RHP R/R 6′-5″ 222 So. Oakville ON
39 Noah Fondren IF R/R 6′-0″ 203 Jr. Cullman AL
40 Jaxen Forrester RHP R/R 6′-0″ 195 Jr. Spanish Fort AL
41 Josh Hill RHP R/R 6′-1″ 228 Fr. Indianola MS
44 Austin Kelly C R/R 6′-0″ 201 Fr. Leland MS
46 David Dunlavey RHP L/L 6′-1″ 202 Gr. Spartanburg SC
48 Houston Harding LHP L/L 6′-1″ 222 Jr. Walls MS
50 Brandon Pimentel IF/OF R/R 6′-3″ 210 So. El Paso TX
55 Spencer Price RHP 6′-2″ 240 Gr. Olive Branch MS

Arkansas-Mississippi State Prediction

This is a big matchup between two teams that have done really well the past few years. State, schedule wise, has played a pretty tough lineup so far. They just won two against top 5 Texas Tech in Biloxi, MS. Earlier they took two of three from a ranked Long Beach State team out in California. It’s hard to win in California if you are an SEC team. Just ask Vandy who this season has lost 4 of 6 on the West coast, all by one run in games umped by Pac-12 umps. Arkansas’ schedule so far is less impressive. They did play Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor in Houston but lost all three. Like the Pac-12 comments for MSU and Vandy, it’s just hard to win on the road against a team that has its own conference umps calling a game. Arkansas is in the top tier of the SEC hitting wise but among the bottom four teams in the conference in ERA. Mississippi State’s hitting is near the bottom of the SEC while the Bulldog’s pitching is middle of the pack. Justin Foscue leads State in batting hitting near .350. Heston Kjerstad and Christian Franklin are both hitting well at over .400 for the Hogs. This is another tossup series at this early juncture in the season. You go with the home team on a tossup. Mississippi State wins the series 2 games to 1.

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