2018 Mississippi State Baseball: Three Samford Players To Watch

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 11: Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 11: Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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These Samford players might challenge Mississippi State baseball

The Mississippi State baseball team might actually never have to meet up with the Samford Bulldogs. If MSU beats Oklahoma to open the Tallahassee Regional up and FSU takes down Samford, then OU and Samford will play each other in an elimination game. And if OU were to win there, then the two teams of Bulldogs won’t face each other.

However, there’s still a strong possibility that both teams of Bulldogs will get to play each other. There’s plenty of scenarios that exist where the Mississippi State baseball team will play against Samford this weekend.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are going to have to be ready if and when that matchup presents itself. MSU will need to watch out for these three Samford players in the Tallahassee Regional.

All stats via SamfordSports.com

Brooks Carlson

Brooks Carlson is a very reliable hitter for the Samford Bulldogs throughout the 2018 college baseball season. This year alone, Carlson has 8 home runs which is tied for the most with the Samford Bulldogs in 2018.

Carlson leads Samford with a .350 batting average and 76 hits this year in 217 at bats. He also leads his team with a total of 16 doubles this year. It would not take much for Brooks Carlson to do some damage against any pitcher that he faces in the upcoming Tallahassee Regional.

Samual Stricklan

Samual Stricklan is a strong pitcher for the Samford Bulldogs. Stricklan is arguably the best pitcher on his team this season. At the moment, Stricklan has struck out 82 opposing batters this year to lead his team and holds an 8-2 record, which also is the best on his team.

He’s thrown 76.1 innings this year and has produced a 1.89 ERA in that time on the mound. MSU can’t overlook what Stricklan can do when he’s pitching this weekend.

Austin Edens

Austin Edens, like Brooks Carlson, has hit 8 home runs this season. Edens doesn’t have as great of a batting average as Carlson does, but he’s still been plenty productive through the 2018 baseball season. Currently, Edens has a .273 batting average and has his 8 home runs in 56 games so far after missing four games this year.

The Mississippi State baseball team may not meet with Samford this weekend. There’s a very good chance that they won’t see Samford in the Tallahassee Regional. Still, that doesn’t mean that MSU shouldn’t be ready. Especially after Samford sent Mississippi State home in the 2012 Tallahassee Regional.