Mississippi State Bulldogs (31-24, 15-15 SEC) vs. LSU Fighting Tigers (33-23, 15-15 SEC)
SEC Tournament – Hoover, Ala.
Tuesday, May 22 – 4:30 p.m. CT
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
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LSU IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
LSU has a league-best 81-40 (.669) all-time record in the SEC Tournament, and the Tigers own a conference-high 12 tournament titles … Alabama and Mississippi State are second behind LSU with seven tournament titles, and Ole Miss is third with five championships … LSU has won six of the past 10 SEC Tournament crowns, claiming the title in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017 … the Tigers are 31-6 under 12th-year coach Paul Mainieri in SEC Tournament games.
• Mississippi State leads the overall series with LSU, 204-186-1, and the first meeting between the teams occurred in 1905. Tuesday’s game marks the 18th SEC Tournament meeting between the schools, and Mississippi State holds a 9-8 advantage in those contests. The most recent SEC Tournament meeting came in 2016, when LSU posted a 6-2 win over MSU.
• The teams met earlier this season on March 29-31 in Baton Rouge, and the Tigers won two of three games over the Bulldogs. LSU and MSU met five times in 2017 and LSU won all five contests, including a two-game NCAA Super Regional sweep in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 12 of the last 13 SEC regular season
series with the Bulldogs – Mississippi State’s series win in 2016 in Baton Rouge broke a string of nine straight series wins for LSU over MSU from 2007-15. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has a 32-14 career mark against Mississippi State.
Starting pitchers are scheduled to be announced on Monday afternoon
QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“We have always played very well in the SEC Tournament, and our team is looking forward to facing a Mississippi State club that is playing great baseball. The tournament is a special event, and any time LSU and Mississippi State meet in a baseball game, there’s going to be a tremendous environment. I know our players will be ready to embrace the challenges that arise in postseason play.”