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Mississippi State baseball preview: Struggling Bulldogs host South Carolina Gamecocks

Mississippi State baseball kicks off a three-game series with South Carolina this weekend. Get an inside look at the Bulldogs’ chances as they battle the Gamecocks.

The first two SEC series of the 2023 Mississippi State baseball season have gone pretty poorly for Chris Lemonis and company. Now the Bulldogs, off to an 0-6 start in SEC play, are set to host the South Carolina Gamecocks, who have not faced an SEC foe they couldn’t beat.

That’s certainly a recipe for success for the MSU Bulldogs. Surely nothing bad could happen this weekend for the MS State baseball team. Well, there’s only one way to find out.

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking to turn their fortunes around as they host the South Carolina Gamecocks in a three-game SEC Baseball series this weekend.

Mississippi State baseball preview: South Carolina series


After a couple of disastrous series against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Vanderbilt Commodores, MSU really needs to find a way to bounce back and upset one of the best SEC baseball teams so far this season.

Which, that should be fun given that MSU’s been losing SEC games by double digits fairly regularly so far this season.

The Bulldogs will be looking to make a statement against one of the top teams in the conference. This series will be a true test for Lemonis, Foxhall, and the rest of the Mississippi State Bulldogs as they look to get back on track and prove that they can still compete in the SEC.

We’ll see how it all plays out.

South Carolina is really sharp so far this season. And MSU will absolutely need to keep an eye on these three South Carolina baseball players that could provide some trouble for Lemonis and the Bulldogs this weekend.

3 South Carolina baseball players to watch

Ethan Petry

In 6 SEC games, Ethan Petry has a .500 batting average, 6 home runs, and 13 RBIs. Those numbers are very concerning when one considers a Mississippi State pitching staff that has been struggling to be even remotely consistent.

Noah Hall

So far against SEC competition, Noah Hall has been dominant. He’s boasting a 1.93 ERA and has struck out 15 batters in 14.0 innings pitched. He’s really really good and will likely be a headache for Mississippi State baseball fans.

Gavin Casas

While the aforementioned Petry is someone whose stats are certainly alarming for opponents, South Carolina’s Gavin Casas has also been really solid. Casas has a .350 batting average in SEC play and has hit 3 home runs against SEC pitching.

Important MSU baseball vs. South Carolina stats to note

Mississippi State baseball

  • ERA: 6.51
  • Opponents’ ERA: 8.15
  • Batting average: .298
  • Opponents’ batting average: .252
  • Home runs: 40
  • Opponents’ home runs: 31
  • Errors: 37
  • Opponents’ errors: 36

South Carolina

  • ERA: 2.81
  • Opponents’ ERA: 10.13
  • Batting average: .300
  • Opponents’ batting average: .207
  • Home runs: 66
  • Opponents’ home runs: 14
  • Errors: 22
  • Opponents’ errors: 32

3 MSU baseball vs. South Carolina storylines to watch

How will MSU’s pitching perform against another great SEC team?

Right now, the Mississippi State pitching staff has an egregious 14.98 ERA against SEC teams. South Carolina is a really good SEC team. Will the Bulldogs be able to keep USC from scoring at will?

Can the Bulldogs avoid being run-ruled this weekend?

Things haven’t been much fun when MSU has gone up against SEC teams so far this season. The Bulldogs have been run-ruled three times so far. Will that happen again against South Carolina?

Will the Bulldogs even win a game?

MSU has faced two really good SEC teams so far. And up to this point, the Bulldogs don’t have SEC wins. Unfortunately, Mississippi State gets to play another good SEC team. Can the Bulldogs finally get an SEC win?

How to live stream Mississippi State baseball: Bulldogs vs. South Carolina

Are you a fan of Mississippi State baseball? Or do you happen to like the South Carolina Gamecocks? If so, then you’re in luck. You can now watch the Bulldogs take on South Carolina in an online live stream. Or, well, on TV!

Here’s what you need to keep up with the Bulldogs and Gamecocks.


Live streaming: How to Watch Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. South Carolina

For MSU baseball fans wanting to keep up with the Bulldogs online, here’s what you need to watch the live stream.

MSU Bulldogs vs. USC Gamecocks college baseball game info

  • Who: Miss. State Bulldogs (15-11 overall, 0-6 SEC) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (24-2 overall, 6-0 SEC)
  • What: SEC baseball series
  • When: (all times CT)
    • 3/30/23 at 6 p.m.
    • 3/31/23 at 6 p.m.
    • 4/1/23 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Starkville, Mississippi

How to watch MSU Bulldogs vs USC Gamecocks live stream

First, here’s what you need to know so that you can watch Mississippi State baseball on TV:

  • TV:
    • Thursday: SEC Network
    • Friday: SEC Network+
    • Saturday: SEC Network+

Similarly, here are some live stream options for MSU baseball fans:

MS State baseball vs. USC baseball online coverage and live stats

Are you unable to watch the Bulldogs? Well, then we’ve got some live stats and online coverage ready for you.

Take a look around and find out what you’ll need to keep up with the Mississippi State baseball team this weekend.

How to listen to radio, audio broadcast of MSU vs. South Carolina

Luckily for Mississippi State baseball fans, the MSU athletics department works to provide radio and audio broadcasts of MSU baseball games. So, unlike MSU softball games, you’ll be able to tune in and listen in to MSU baseball broadcasts.

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to listen to

Mississippi State baseball schedule: Miss. State Bulldogs vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Want to know what the Mississippi State baseball schedule is going to look like this weekend? Then you’ll need to take a gander at what we’ve got right here.


Let’s make this as easy as possible so you, the Mississippi State baseball fan, are able to, without a doubt, watch some Mississippi State baseball this weekend.

MSU baseball schedule game times:

  • 3/30/23 at 6 p.m.
  • 3/31/23 at 6 p.m.
  • 4/1/23 at 2 p.m.

What channel is the MSU baseball game on today?

  • Thursday: SEC Network
  • Friday: SEC Network+
  • Saturday: SEC Network+

Mississippi State baseball prediction: Can the Bulldogs keep up with South Carolina?


When considering just how rough this MSU baseball season has started off, it’s hard to imagine how the Bulldogs will be able to really compete consistently this weekend.

Objectively speaking, there’s not much reason to be overly optimistic about how the Bulldogs have been playing so far. And the Bulldogs are about to face a really strong opponent.

Let’s go back and take a look at some stats again, shall we?

MSU baseball vs. South Carolina SEC stats

Mississippi State baseball

  • ERA: 14.98
  • Opponents’ ERA: 4.24
  • Batting average: .242
  • Opponents’ batting average: .342
  • Home runs: 8
  • Opponents’ home runs: 17
  • Errors: 7
  • Opponents’ errors: 6

South Carolina

  • ERA: 3.23
  • Opponents’ ERA: 8.70
  • Batting average: .278
  • Opponents’ batting average: .224
  • Home runs: 16
  • Opponents’ home runs: 7
  • Errors: 3
  • Opponents’ errors: 6

Hey, those stats don’t look all that comparable. Just take a gander at MSU’s SEC ERA. Since that’s so absurdly above South Carolina’s it’s fair to guess that these two pitching staffs are competing in entirely different ways right now.

Unless something changes in a hurry, things could be bad for MSU this weekend. and it’s probably worth taking a moment to point out that there’s no significant evidence that things will change all that quickly. Until now, MSU’s pitchers have had a hard time this season.

And as a result, it’s hard to see Mississippi State competing consistently against South Carolina this weekend. Expect South Carolina to take at least two of three. And you shouldn’t be shocked if USC is able to blow MSU out of the water at least once.


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