Mississippi State (17-7-1, 4-2 SEC) closed out the weekend series against Georgia (15-10, 2-4) with an 11-8 loss Saturday afternoon.
This matchup was a back and forth battle that certainly was not lacking in hot bats. UGA went 15-40 at the plate for a team batting average of .375. Mississippi State was not far behind with 10 hits from 33 at bats for a team batting average of .303.
After UGA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, MSU quickly turned the table and claimed the lead thanks to Nathaniel Lowe's RBI double that scored Cody Brown. Reid Humphreys would later drive Lowe home with a one out RBI groundout.
Georgia would then tie the game back up at 2-2 in the top of the fourth, but Mississippi State would take the lead again in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a two-out two-run RBI double down the left field line from Humphreys to get a 4-2 lead.
Both sets of Bulldogs would go back and forth and punch for punch with the score being knotted up at 5-5 after the sixth inning. Georgia would then tack six more runs on in the eighth and ninth innings to take a 11-5 lead. MSU would then attempt a comeback in the bottom of the final frame and cut the deficit in half by bringing the score to 11-8 but could not get any closer.
Like last weekend against Vanderbilt, MSU struggled again to find solid pitching today. Mississippi State went through six pitchers but consistency was lacking in the Saturday outing for MSU. However, despite the struggles, the six pitchers for MSU showed their potential as they combined to strike out 10 batters today.
Many who were at the game or watched it at home can testify to the absurd length of the game.
3.5 hours in, were at the stretch. Things moving a little bit quicker. We've improved from "snail" to "molasses"— The Flying M (@MSUhistory) March 26, 2016
Today's Georgia-Miss St game: 4 hrs & 52 min— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 27, 2016
Longest 9 inning game in MLB History: 4 hrs & 45 min (Yankees-Red Sox '06)
Mississippi State will head out to Pearl on Tuesday to take on Southern Miss who is 19-6. MSU will then return to Starkville for a weekend series with Ole Miss.