Vanderbilt-MSU Baseball Series Notebook

Preston Brown

Vanderbilt and Mississippi State Baseball Series: Looking back at the series.


In his four starts this season (1 SEC game, 3 non-conference games), Bulldog redshirt sophomore pitcher Preston Brown has an ERA of 0.69. He has allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 18 hits and 10 walks while striking out 21 in 26.0 innings.

Preston Brown is picking up where Kendall Graveman left off last season. Like Graveman, Brown is a ground ball out machine. Against Vanderbilt, 15 of of 24 outs were ground ball outs. In his four starts this season 47 of his 78 outs have been on ground balls. He has only allowed 7 fly outs in the starts.

In his two starts this season (both SEC games), Bulldog redshirt junior pitcher Ross Mitchell has an ERA of 1.65. He has allowed 3 runs in 16.1 innings of work. He has given up 10 hits, 6 walks and struck out 8.

The 4-2 record is MSU's best start in the SEC since the 2011 season when they started off with the same 4-2 record.

Alex Detz has been hot in the SEC. After going 4-of-13 against Vanderbilt this past weekend, he is now hitting .360 (9-of-25) in SEC games.

In 14 at-bats, Seth Heck reached base 9 times during the Vanderbilt series. That is an on-base percentage of .643. He also knocked in 6 runs during the series.

Mississippi State drew 26,380 fans for the Vanderbilt series, their first home SEC series this season. Last year's first home SEC series was against LSU and drew a total of 25,695 fans. This weekend's three-game attendance would have been the second largest last season. The only three-game SEC series that would have been bigger was on Super Bulldog Weekend against Auburn when MSU drew 32,679 fans for the three-game series.

This past weekend MSU's starting pitchers Preston Brown, Ross Mitchell and Trevor Fitts threw 8.0 innings, 7.1 innings and 6.1 innings. The last time MSU had three starting pitchers throw 6 or more innings in a three-game SEC series was April 20-22, 2007 against LSU when Justin Pigott threw 7.1 innings, Chad Crosswhite threw 9.0 innings and Josh Johnson threw 6.0 innings.

Since starting the 2013 season off by losing their first three SEC series, MSU has won 7 of 9 SEC series, including the Vanderbilt and Georgia series this season.

Coming into the series teams were hitting .169 against Vanderbilt pitching. Mississippi State's hitters batted .284 against them.

The last time Vanderbilt pitching gave up more than 24 runs in an SEC series (the number of runs MSU scored this weekend) was against South Carolina when they gave up 33 May 1-3, 2009.

Vanderbilt had won 15 straight regular SEC series prior to losing this weekend's series against Mississippi State. Alabama defeated them 2 of 3 on April 20-22, 2012.

Teams were hitting .128 against Tyler Beede and .140 against Jared Miller coming into this weekend. MSU hitters batted a combined .313 against the Vanderbilt Friday and Saturday night starters.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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