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Khal Stephen (Mississippi State photo)


Stephen ready to prove himself at MSU

SEC Extra

STARKVILLE, Miss, – The long flowing locks would put Khal Stephen right at home in a 70s Southern Rock band. But the Mississippi State righthander isn’t best known for yelling out “Freebird” from the back of a concert. No, the Purdue transfer is mowing down batters at every stop.

Stephen led Purdue pitchers in appearances as a freshman in 2022, then transitioned to the ace starter role last season, going 6-2 in those Friday starts en route to an all-Big Ten season.

When he transferred to Mississippi State, some wondered if he could maintain that upward trajectory in the SEC.