Mississippi State fans walk into Dudy Noble Field for an NCAA regional tournament game against Central Michigan last Saturday. More big crowds are expected this weekend.

After sweeping through the Starkville regional, No. 6 national seed Mississippi State (49-13, 20-10) gets the benefit of hosting Stanford (45-12, 22-7) in the super regional round. That means the Bulldogs are just two wins on their home turf away from their second trip to Omaha in as many years.

Dogs hard to beat at the Dude

  • Mississippi State is 35-5 at home this season.
  • That includes four losses at the hands of SEC foes - one in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader, another while Auburn had ace Tanner Burns on the hill(though the Bulldogs roughed him up for five runs.
  • An extra-inning loss to Southern Miss, a Saturday loss to LSU and a series finale loss to South Carolina to end the season, make up for the other three home losses.

Cardinal can hang on the road

  • Stanford has lost only four games on the road this season, with just one of those coming outside the state of California.
  • The Cardinal have lost only one series this season, that at the hands of UCLA.
  • Four batters in the lineup hit .300 or better. The average ERA among the three weekend starting pitchers is 2.98, while the team's overall ERA is 3.51

Weather notes

There's plenty of water in the forecast over the next two days, with precipitation in the forecast Saturday and Sunday. However, it should begin to clear up the second half of Sunday into Monday.

Here's an outlook for Starkville through Monday, from the National Weather Service in Memphis:

**If no games are able to be played, the higher seed advances to Omaha. If weather washes out any games, the only way for Stanford to advance is if only game is played and the Cardinal win that game.**

The schedule

Saturday, June 8 (2 p.m. CT) on ESPN2

Sunday, June 9 (8 p.m. CT) on ESPNU

Monday, June 10 (6 p.m. CT) on ESPNU

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