Recapping No. 13 MSU’s 7-3 loss to No. 7 LSU on Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field.
• The buzz: MSU (18-4, 0-2 SEC) lost the series, with the pitching once again giving up big hits and the offense once again failing to produce any of its own. This is the fourth loss in five games for State, while LSU (18-1, 2-0) has won 12 in a row.
• Big inning: LSU went up 3-0 with two runs in the fifth. After the first two men reached, Jacoby Jones stroked a two-run double to center field.
• Key stats: MSU was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. … State committed three errors. … Each team stranded nine base runners.
• LSU at the plate: LSU had 10 hits. … Mason Katz hit his third home run of the weekend, a solo shot in the second for a 1-0 lead. … Alex Bregman smashed a three-run blast in the ninth. … Jones had two doubles.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had 10 hits. … DH Trey Porter had three hits to lead the way, including two doubles. He scored MSU’s only run, on Jacob Robson‘s groundout in the sixth. … Adam Frazier and C.T. Bradford had two hits apiece. … Bret Pirtle hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
• LSU on the mound: Eades was dynamite, going seven innings and allowing one run on six hits. He struck out eight and walked two. … Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton pitched an inning each, with Cotton allowing three hits, including Pirtle’s blast.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Evan Mitchell went four-plus innings, leaving in the fifth after a walk and an error. Those two player scored on Jones’ double, and Mitchell was charged with three runs (two earned) on one hit with four strikeouts, three walks and a hit-by-pitch. … Ross Mitchell tossed three innings, charged with one run on four hits. … Three other pitchers were used.
• Quotable: “I don’t think we’re stressing. We know we’re a good ball club, and us older guys, we’ve got to relay to the younger guys, this is the SEC now.” – Evan Mitchell
• Bottom line: The Bulldogs again struggled to get timely hitting despite Cohen shuffling the lineup, so don’t be surprised if he shuffles it again tomorrow. The series might be lost, but MSU can still salvage some pride and not fall too far behind with a win Sunday.