MSU wins in walk off fashion against #1 LSU in the final home game for the Bulldogs. State beat LSU 8-7 in their 2nd extra inning game of the weekend, with the Bulldogs winning on a Seth Heck single in the 12th.
Just like the previous two games, MSU scored first and took the lead early on a 2 run single with 2 outs by Reid Humphreys. LSU’s starter (insert name here) threw 34 pitches in the first inning alone. LSU quickly replied with a 2 run homerun into the Left Field Lounge. The Tigers scored another run in the top of the 3rd on a 2 out double by Connor Hale.
Wes Rea would respond in the 4th with a 2 run 2 out single of his own to take the lead. LSU tied it up in the top of the 5th on a single RBI but Gavin Collins got his 2nd dinger of the year to reclaim the lead 5-4 in the bottom of the 5th. The 8th inning flu which has plagued MSU for most of the year decided to get LSU today as the Bulldogs plated 2 runs off of 2 hits.
However, in the 9th inning, LSU battled back and scored 3 runs to push the games to extra innings. The Bulldogs and Tigers battled through a few extra frames until Jake Vickerson scored on a Seth Heck walk off single. The two seniors ended their final game in Dudy Noble as winners today by winning in exciting fashion.
LSU starter Austin Bain only pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 earned runs off of 4 hits. He was relieved by Russell Reynolds who threw 1.2 innings while giving up 2 earned runs of his own off of 2 hits. Collin Strall came in for relief and pitched 1.1 innings. Strall gave up 1 run off courtesy of Gavin Collins’ solo dinger in his outing. He was replaced by Jake Godfrey who in turn threw 2.2 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. Parker Bugg would finish the game for LSU and was tallied with the loss. He threw for 3.2 innings with 3 hits and 1 run surrendered.
Austin Sexton took the mound and the start for State. Sexton threw 4.1 innings and gave up 4 runs off of 9 hits. Ross Mitchell made his 97th appearance for the Bulldogs in what would be his final outing at home for the maroon and white at home. Mitchell gave up 3 runs off of 3 hits through 4.1 innings. Zac Houston took over in the 9th and threw 2.1 scoreless innings but surrendered 3 hits. Dakota Hudson would finish the game for the Bulldogs with a 1 inning appearance and would lock up the win.
This was the last home game for MSU and the Bulldogs will head up to Oxford for a tilt with Ole Miss before taking a trip further north up to Knoxville for their final series of the regular season.