No. 2 Tech Clashes with No. 10 Mississippi State

The No. 2 Texas Tech baseball team puts its 12-game winning streak on the line as it travels to Biloxi, Miss., for a two-game midweek series with No. 10 Mississippi State at MGM Park, home of the Biloxi Shuckers.The Red Raiders (16-1) and Bulldogs (10-4) will square off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and at 5 p.m. on Wednesday with both games airing on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. Fans can also listen to the games on the Texas Tech Sports Network.Dubbed the Hancock Whitney Classic, tickets can be found through MiLB.com.The Red Raiders will hand the ball to sophomore left-handerMason Montgomeryon Tuesday and sophomore right-handerHunter Dobbinson Wednesday. The duo are a combined 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA.The Bulldogs are set to start junior left-hander Houston Harding on Tuesday and have not announced a starter for Wednesday. Harding has only appeared in one game this season, allowing three runs on four hits over 4.0 innings in a start against Alcorn State.Tech heads into the midweek with a 12-game winning streak and a No. 2 ranking by three different polls after a three-game sweep of Rice. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, swept Quinnipiac over the weekend.For his efforts over the week, redshirt freshman shortstopCal Conleyis the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. The Mount Carmel, Ohio, native led the Big 12 with 11 hits and tied for the league-lead with 10 RBI in helping Tech to a 5-0 week. He hit .524 with four multi-hit games and four doubles.Tuesday's matchup will be the sixth all-time between the two squads and the fourth since 2017 when they split a two-game series in Starkville. The clubs met last season at the Frisco College Classic where the Bulldogs came away with a 4-2 win.Both squads have been to the College World Series each of the last two seasons as Mississippi State finished its 2019 campaign 52-15 and tied for first in the SEC West. After winning its opener in Omaha, the Bulldogs dropped their next two to eventual National Champion Vanderbilt and Louisville.Tech has already played three games against ranked opponents away from home this year, going 3-0. The Red Raiders defeated No. 15 Stanford at the Round Rock Classic, 7-2, and swept two games at No. 9 Florida State in Tallahassee. Tech's lone loss came to Tennessee, who is ranked as high as No. 20 this week.UP NEXT