Mississippi State (17-6-1, 4-1 SEC) couldn't repeat the absolute offensive explosion that they had last night, but Starkville's very own Bulldogs wound up beating Georgia (14-10, 1-4 SEC) in a 3-1 comeback pitcher's duel tonight.
The battle between Bulldog pitchers would be a scoreless affair up until the top of the sixth inning. Both Austin Sexton for MSU and Robert Tyler from Georgia would each strike out six hitters in their respective six frames pitching. Tyler would give up three more walks than Sexton, but Sexton wound up surrendering a total of six hits and gave up an earned run.
Georgia took the lead in the top of the sixth but Mississippi State would fight back in the seventh inning to tie and eventually take the lead. John Holland was the tying run in the bottom of the frame as he would go on to score an unearned run thanks to a throwing error.
With two outs in the same inning, Nathaniel Lowe would hit an RBI single down the right field line that would bring Jacob Robson home for another unearned run to push MSU into the lead. A Cody Brown RBI single in the eighth inning that scored Reid Humphreys would add an insurance run and set the score at 3-1.
Ryan Rigby wound up being the winning pitcher for Mississippi State. The sidearm sophomore who transferred from EMCC earned his second win of the season tonight with a 3.0 inning outing in which he only surrendered one hit to the 10 batters he faced. Rigby's ERA for the season is now 0.87.
Mississippi State will attempt to finish the series and get the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. The game will only be aired online and can be viewed here.