Story from MSU Athletics:
BATON ROUGE, La. – Fueled by a huge eighth inning, the Mississippi State Bulldogs came from behind to pick up a game two win against the second-ranked LSU Tigers, by a score of 9-4. The Dawgs faced and overcame a two-run deficit entering the eighth inning.
The big inning began when Dakota Jordan led off with a double to left center. Kellum Clarkpromptly returned Jordan to the dugout when he hit a two-run blast. Clark finished 3-for-5 in the contest, including a double as well.
After Bryce Chance reached on a wild pitch and Luke Hancock reached on a walk, Slate Alford singled to center to score Chance. Colton Ledbetter then hit a three-run blast to extend the lead. Ledbetter finished 2-for-5 with a team-high three RBIs. Hancock finished 3-for-4, including a solo homer in the seventh. Alford concluded his day at the dish by going 2-for-4 while also reaching on a walk. David Mershon also picked up a multi-hit game after going 2-for-4.
Cade Smith made his eighth start of the year on Saturday. In six innings of work, he sat seven Tigers down via strikeouts while allowing only four hits and two earned runs. KC Hunt picked up his second victory of the year after entering in relief in the seventh. After inheriting two runners, he struck two batters out and allowed no runs of his own. Aaron Nixon entered in the ninth to shut down the LSU offense, holding them to only one hit.
The Diamond Dawgs return to action on Sunday, May 14, for the rubber match with No. 2 LSU. First pitch for the game is set for 1 p.m. and will be aired on SECN+.
With the bases loaded, Jordan Thompson drew a walk, scoring the game’s first run.
Mississippi State 0, LSU 1
Hayden Travinski hit a solo home run for the Tigers.
Mississippi State 0, LSU 2
Luke Hancock hit his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, to tie the game.
Mississippi State 2, LSU 2
With the bases loaded, Tommy White singled to right field, scoring one. The Tigers plated another when Cade Beloso grounded into a double play.
Mississippi State 2, LSU 4
Following a Dakota Jordan double, Kellum Clark hit a homer to left center to tie the game. With runners on first and second, Slate Alford singled home the go-ahead run for the Dawgs. With two on, Colton Ledbetter hit a three-run homer.
Mississippi State 8, LSU 4
Slate Alford singled to right to score Chance.
Mississippi State 9, LSU 4