Recapping MSU’s 8-3 loss to Florida at Dudy Noble Field on Sunday afternoon.
• The buzz: MSU (26-9, 5-7 SEC) couldn’t finish off the sweep of Florida (15-18, 5-7), which finally found some life in its bats. MSU starter Jacob Lindgren, who’d been out with a sore elbow, looked sharp until the fateful fifth inning, when he loaded the bases and then exited after slipping while fielding a bunt. Coach John Cohen said Lindgren twisted his right ankle on the play.
• Big inning: Florida got three straight singles to start the fifth, and after Lindgren left, pinch hitter Connor Mitchell stroked a three-run triple to right field off reliever Myles Gentry. Richie Martin had an RBi single, a Sam Frost error let in a run, and Josh Tobias later capped the inning with a two-run double.
• Key stats: Florida scored three unearned runs. … MSU left six men on base, UF stranded four. … Each team turned two double plays. … Florida was 4 of 11 with runners in scoring position, State was 3 of 9.
• Florida at the plate: The Gators had 11 hits. … Tobias had three hits and two RBIs. … Martin had two hits.
• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs had eight hits. … Jacob Robson had a pair of singles. … Adam Frazier and Frost each had a double.
• Florida on the mound: Starter Johnny Magliozzi (3-1), a sophomore, settled in after allowing two runs in the first inning. In his first start of the season, he allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one on 84 pitches. … Ryan Harris tossed 2 1/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits while fanning two. … Daniel Gibson got the final three outs after Harris gave up a pair of singles to open the ninth.
• MSU on the mound: Lindgren (2-1) was charged with three runs on four hits in four-plus innings, striking out two with no walks on 47 pitches. … After Gentry faced the one batter (he was charged with one run), Chad Girodo faced three and was charged with three runs, one earned, and got nobody out. … Ben Bracewell tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run. … Three other pitchers saw action.
• Quotable: “We’ve won three out of our last year, and I feel like we’re on the verge of doing some special things.” – Cohen
• Bottom line: MSU badly wanted the sweep, which would’ve put it at .500 in SEC play. But Lindgren’s outing was encouraging, and Cohen said the sophomore’s ankle should be fine. The Bulldogs just need to figure out a way to build off these fast offensive starts. Up next is a big game Tuesday: The Governor’s Cup, versus Ole Miss in Pearl.