On senior night, Mississippi State (23-24 and 7-16 SEC) dropped game two and the series to #1 LSU (40-7 and 16-6 SEC) by a margin of 11-4. The Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with or tame the Tiger offense as LSU compiled 17 hits to get their 11 runs. MSU’s 4 runs came off 8 hits.
Like last night, MSU’s was able to draw first blood. State scored their 1st run in the 1st frame as Wes Rea hit into a double play but was able to bring Jake Vickerson home. LSU would retaliate and take the lead by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 3rd and never looked back. They would expand their lead to 6-1 in the top of the 4th. MSU tried to get back into the game by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th to narrow the LSU lead to 6-4. LSU would then score another run in the top of the 6th, taking a 7-4 lead. The Tigers would post 4 more runs in the 9th to expand their lead to the final score of 11-4.
Preston Brown took the mound to start for MSU and threw 2.2 innings while striking out 2 but giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. Brown was relieved by Vance Tatum who pitched an inning but was shelled for 5 hits and 4 runs. Levi Mintz came in for 1.1 innings, striking out 1, giving up a run off of 2 hits. Dakota Hudson pitched for 3.1 innings but gave up 4 runs. Daniel Brown finished the game by throwing .2 innings. Preston Brown (5-6) was charged with the loss.
LSU had Alex Lange (8-0) take the mound for the start and he ended up throwing 6 innings, striking out 2, and giving up 4 runs off of 6 hits. Hunter Newman took the mound in relief and threw 3 scoreless innings while only giving up 2 hits and striking out 2.
An interesting note, the sprinklers started up in the middle of the game, briefly disrupting play and providing a moment of fun and entertainment for all paying attention to the game. Unfortunately, unlike the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, the sprinklers did nothing to help State mount a comeback.
MSU will look to avoid being swept with their final home game of the season at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised on ESPN2.