The Leadoff Hitter, Auburn vs. Mississippi State: Game times, probable starters, weather forecasts and more

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Auburn has won two SEC series in a row. A third straight would be huge for the Tigers' postseason hopes.

Coming off series wins over Texas A&M and Georgia, Auburn has a chance to make waves in the SEC when the Tigers face Mississippi State in Starkville for a Thursday-Saturday series. Winning a third straight series won't be easy, though, as the Bulldogs rank third in the SEC in hitting and have the conference's second-best team ERA.

Last weekend

Auburn 4, Georgia 3

The Tigers trailed 3-1 early, but they rallied for single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh to take the come-from-behind win. A one-out Hunter Kelly double that scored Blake Austin provided the winning run in the seventh inning.

Auburn 8-1, Georgia 4-7

Auburn cruised in Game 1 to clinch the series, but the Tigers were lackluster in Game 2, amassing just three hits.

Midweek

Auburn 6, Samford 2

Auburn scored five runs in the final three innings to pick up its 16th comeback victory of the season.

Auburn (23-14, 5-10) at

No. 16 Mississippi State (30-9, 8-7)

Probable starters

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU

LHP Conner Kendrick (2-1, 1.93 ERA)* vs. LHP Luis Pollorena (6-1, 3.02 ERA)

Friday, 6:30 p.m., CSS/ESPN3

LHP Michael O'Neal (7-2, 2.40 ERA)* vs. RHP Kevin Graveman (5-2, 2.15 ERA)

Saturday, 4 p.m.

TBA vs. TBA

* - Auburn hasn't listed any weekend starters yet, but Kendrick and O'Neal were listed in MSU's series notes.

Weather forecast

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It doesn't look too good for Thursday night's game, but the rest of the series should be nice. Auburn's bats have been hot since the weather has warmed up, but it will be a little cooler this weekend. Hopefully, that won't slow down the Tigers' offense.

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Individual stats

Auburn Mississippi State
Batting avg. Garrett Cooper .333 Hunter Renfroe, .429
On-base % Garrett Cooper .471 Hunter Renfroe, .494
Runs Ryan Tella, 33 Adam Frazier, 38
RBIs Cooper and Tella, 29 Hunter Renfroe, 42
Doubles Cullen Wacker, 11 Renfroe and Frazier, 12
Triples Five players, 1 Adam Frazier, 5
Home runs Garrett Cooper, 4 Hunter Renfroe, 13
Stolen bases Ryan Tella, 11-of-13 Hunter Renfroe, 8-of-11
Starting ERA Conner Kendrick, 1.93 Kendall Graveman, 2.15
Relief ERA Justin Camp, 1.84 Ross Mitchell, 0.96
Starting BA against Daniel Koger, .201 Evan Mitchell, .125
Relief BA against Reid Carter, .213 Chad Girodo, .174
Strikeouts Conner Kendrick, 45 Lindgren and Holder, 42
Wins Michael O'Neal, 7-2 Ross Mitchell, 6-0
Saves Terrance Dedrick, 3 Jonathan Holder, 11

Team stats

Auburn Mississippi State
Batting avg. .270 .298
On-base % .364 .398
Runs 193 256
RBIs 174 227
Home runs 16 23
Extra-base hits 97 98
Stolen bases 24-of-40 48-of-62
ERA 3.26 2.45
BA against .251 .210
WHIP 1.32 1.13
Strikeouts 218 321
Walks 124 133
Saves 11 13

Around the SEC

No. 2 Vanderbilt at Georgia

No. 3 LSU at Alabama

Texas A&M at No. 12 Arkansas

No. 17 Kentucky at No. 18 South Carolina

No 21 Ole Miss at Tennessee

Florida at Missouri

SEC standings

Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Home Away Neutral Streak
Eastern
Vanderbilt 14 - 1 .933 33 - 5 .868 24-3 9-2 0-0 L1
Florida 8 - 7 .533 20 - 18 .526 14-13 6-4 0-1 W6
South Carolina 8 - 7 .533 28 - 10 .737 20-5 8-3 0-2 W1
Kentucky 7 - 8 .467 24 - 12 .667 16-6 5-5 3-1 L3
Tennessee 5 - 10 .333 17 - 18 .486 10-7 5-9 2-2 W3
Missouri 4 - 11 .267 12 - 20 .375 8-7 4-12 0-1 L3
Georgia 3 - 12 .200 14 - 24 .368 9-14 5-10 0-0 W2
Western
LSU 13 - 2 .867 35 - 3 .921 25-1 9-2 1-0 W2
Arkansas 9 - 6 .600 25 - 14 .651 19-7 5-3 0-4 L3
Mississippi St. 8 - 7 .533 30 - 9 .769 22-5 6-4 2-0 W4
Alabama 8 - 7 .533 23 - 16 .590 15-6 8-8 0-2 W1
Ole Miss 7 - 8 .467 26 - 12 .684 18-6 8-4 0-2 L2
Texas A&M 6 - 9 .400 21 - 17 .553 16-8 3-7 1-2 L4
Auburn 5 - 10 .333 23 - 14 .622 17-9 4-5 2-0 W1
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