OMAHA, Neb. (WTVA) - Mississippi State interim head coach Gary Henderson is very familiar with the Oregon State program. For five seasons in the late 90s and early 2000s, Henderson was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Beavers under current head coach Pat Casey.
Henderson will have two potential cracks at Oregon State. If MSU beats the Beavers on Friday, they'll clinch a spot in the championship series. If OSU wins on Friday, the two teams will play a second game on Saturday to determine who advanced to the championship series.
Jacob Billingsley, MSU's regular Sunday starter, will get the start on Friday.
"I had a couple of bullpens, feeling good, feeling fresh," said Billingsley. "Hopefully gonna come out and give us what we need."
"J.B. prepares for us the same way he always does," said Gary Henderson. "He's a great worker, been able to throw in the pen. He'll be ready and go out and do a good job."
The Bulldogs and Beavers meet Friday at 2 p.m. CT.