STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – The Mississippi State baseball program and head coach Chris Lemonis have announced an update to the 2020 baseball schedule, as Texas Tech has been added for a pair of games on March 10-11 at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi.
“This was an opportunity to add another marquee opponent to our schedule and we are thankful that it worked out,” said Lemonis. “We are excited to play one of the top programs in the country in front of our great fan base on the Mississippi Gulf coast. This will be another great atmosphere for our team to play in and give us a great test before we start SEC play.”
The two teams will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at MGM Park, the home of the Biloxi Shuckers, Double A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. MSU ended the 2019 season ranked No. 5 nationally, while TTU claimed the No. 4 spot in the final Baseball America poll.
It will mark the second straight season that State and Tech will meet on the diamond, as the programs met in a top-10 showdown at the 2019 Frisco Classic. That was the fifth all-time meeting, with MSU claimed a 4-2 decision behind a stellar pitching performance from JT Ginn. The right-hander struck out eight, walked one and allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings of work to earn the victory.
All-time, Texas Tech owns a slim 3-2 edge in the series, which began at the 2004 NCAA Atlanta Regional. The Red Raiders won the first three meetings, including two games in the Regional and the 2017 season opener in Starkville. State claimed an 8-5 victory to close out the opening weekend of the 2017 season, and then followed up with the win the Frisco Classic last season.