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Tennessee Baseball vs. Mississippi State SEC Tournament: How To Watch, What To Know

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Tennessee baseball returns to the field at the Hoover Met on Friday night where they’ll face Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

It’s an elimination game with the loser heading home to prepare for the NCAA Tournament and the winner advancing to face Vanderbilt in the semifinals on Saturday.

What to know as Tennessee baseball looks to extend its stay at the SEC Tournament in Hoover.

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How To Watch — No. 1 Tennessee (47-11, 22-8 SEC) vs No. 15 Mississippi State (36-20, 17-13 SEC)

  • Approximately 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network
  • Stream link: SEC Network

How They Got Here

Tennessee earned a bye into the double elimination portion of the tournament by earning the one-seed before dropping its SEC Tournament opener against Vanderbilt 13-4. The Vols extended their stay in Hoover by earning a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday.

Mississippi State earned the five-seed in the SEC Tournament and defeated arch rival Ole Miss 2-1 on a ninth inning walk-off home run to advance to the double elimination portion of the tournament. The Bulldogs used another ninth inning rally to defeat Texas A&M on Wednesday night before falling 4-3 against Vanderbilt on Thursday night to slide into the loser’s bracket.

Projected Pitching Matchup

  • Tennessee RHP Drew Beam (15 GS, 8-2  3.59 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 71 K, 19 BB, 80.1 IP) vs. TBD
  • Story will be updated when Mississippi State announces its starting pitcher.

Bats To Know


1B Blake Burke — .362/.423/.692, 16 HR, 41 EBH, 50 RBI, 22 BB, 36 K

2B Christian Moore — .386/.450/.794, 27 HR, 41 EBH, 61 RBI, 24 BB, 38 K

3B Billy Amick — .333/.401/.688, 18 HR, 31 EBH, 50 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K

RF Kavares Tears — .344/.446/.668, 17 HR, 30 EBH, 47 RBI, 35 BB, 53 K

LF Dylan Dreiling — .332/.454/.710, 17 HR, 34 EBH, 60 RBI, 41 BB, 47 K

Mississippi State:

Stats not updated to include Thursday night’s game

Dakota Jordan — .347/.462/.662, 17 HR, 32 EBH, 61 RBI, 43 BB, 73 K

Connor Hujsak — .347/.436/.591, 9 HR, 23 EBH, 45 RBI, 15 BB, 26 K

Hunter Hines — .253/.344/.489, 15 HR, 23 EBH, 51 RBI, 30 BB, 70 K

David Mershon — .335/.439/.490, 5 HR, 19 EBH, 38 RBI, 35 BB, 35 K

Bryce Chance — .290/.374/.451, 6 HR, 18 EBH, 34 RBI, 24 BB, 17 K

Last Times Out


  • Defeated Texas A&M 7-4 in SEC Tournament
  • Lost 13-4 against Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament
  • Swept South Carolina in Knoxville
  • Won two out of three against Vanderbilt in Nashville
  • Won two out of three against Florida in Gainesville

Mississippi State:

  • Lost 4-3 against Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament
  • Defeated Texas A&M 5-3 in SEC Tournament
  • Defeated Ole Miss 2-1 in SEC Tournament
  • Won two out of three against Missouri in Starkville
  • Lost two out of three against Arkansas in Fayetteville
  • Won two out of three against Alabama in Starkville.

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