Recapping No. 13 MSU’s 6-4 loss to No. 7 LSU at Dudy Noble Field on Friday.
• The buzz: MSU (18-3, 0-1 SEC) lost for the third time in four games, suffering breakdowns at the plate, in the field and ultimately on the mound. Mason Katz homered twice for LSU (17-1, 1-0), including a two-run blast in the 10th that provided the winning margin.
• Big inning: LSU led off the 10th with a Raph Rhymes walk, then Katz stepped in against sophomore Will Cox. He smashed an 0-1 pitch deep into the Left Field Lounge area.
• Key stats: MSU hit into four double plays, three of them by Demarcus Henderson. … State had 10 hits. … MSU committed two errors. … LSU’s leadoff man reached five times.
• LSU at the plate: LSU had seven hits. … The Tigers were 2 of 7 with runners in scoring position. … Katz had a two-run homer in the sixth to make it a 4-3 MSU lead.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had 10 hits. … Alex Detz had three hits. … MSU got runners into scoring position in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings but couldn’t push any across. It was 2 of 8 with runners in scoring position.
• LSU on the mound: Starter Aaron Nola went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and a walk. … Brent Bonvillain tossed two shutout innings. … Joseph Bourgeois (2-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of hitless ball for the win. … Chris Cotton pitched the 10th for his sixth save.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Jacob Lindgren went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. The left knee that took a line drive last week looked just fine. … Myles Gentry got one out and gave up a run after replacing Lindgren. … Chad Girodo wasn’t charged with a run in his one-third of an inning, but he threw two wild pitches to allow LSU to score and tie it, 4-4, in the seventh. … Ben Bracewell put in a solid 2 2/3 shutout innings. … Cox (2-1) pitched an inning and got the loss.
• Quotable: “I just felt like some things happened in this ballgame that don’t normally happen to us.” – MSU coach John Cohen
• Bottom line: MSU had issues with double plays and relief pitching against Central Arkansas last weekend, so there is some reason for concern. But the players we spoke with after the game said they feel confident they’ll be able to bounce back tomorrow. First pitch is 6 p.m.