Thundershowers and lightning will be on full display in Lexington, Kentucky this weekend as the No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs prepare for a titanic series against the No. 5 Wildcats of the University of Kentucky. The Bulldogs (27-12, 12-6 SEC) have been one of the most impressive teams in the conference this season and are looking to gain an edge in the race for the SEC regular-season title.
Mississippi State enters the series having won nine out of its last 10 games, including a sweep of the LSU Tigers last weekend. The Bulldogs’ offense has been in top form, with the team tallying double-digit hits in seven of its last eight games. Mississippi State is also in the midst of a 13-game streak in which it has scored at least five runs, a streak that is tied for the longest in the SEC this season.
The Wildcats (30-9, 13-5 SEC), meanwhile, have been equally impressive, winning eight out of their last 10 games. Kentucky is led by an experienced and powerful lineup, with six starters batting over .300 this season. The Wildcats also have a formidable pitching staff, with ace Sean Hjelle posting a 2.37 ERA and a 9-2 record so far this year.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats have faced off in 109 matchups since the series began in 1908, with Kentucky holding a slight 53-56 advantage. Mississippi State has won the last two meetings, however, and is looking to build on that momentum in this weekend’s series.
The first game of the series will take place on Friday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the remaining two games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. With the stakes so high, and the weather forecast looking stormy, both teams will no doubt be ready to battle it out when the thunder and lightning roll in.