The series opener between No. 16 Mississippi State and Auburn has been suspended until tomorrow due to severe weather. The Bulldogs are leading 6-3 with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The game will resume following the conclusion of Friday’s scheduled 6:30 p.m. game. In other words, Game 2 will finish before Game 1. All nine innings must be played for the game to be official, per SEC rules.
“If a game is suspended on Friday or Saturday, the game shall be completed from the point of interruption on the following day prior to the regularly scheduled game. In the event that the regularly scheduled game is to be televised, the continued game may be played afterward.”
Friday’s regularly scheduled game will be televised by CSS.
Play was halted at 8:59 p.m. when lightning entered the area, and heavy rains followed about a half-hour later. A line of thunderstorms stretching north-to-south has been passing through the state this evening.
A recap of tonight’s action:
MSU tied the game 1-1 in the second inning on Wes Rea’s fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left-center field. Auburn answered in the third with two scores, but that didn’t last long.
State quickly loaded the bases in the bottom half, and a bases-loaded walk and sac fly by Rea tied it at 3-3. C.T. Bradford’s two-out single through the right side gave MSU the lead.
Auburn starter Conner Kendrick settled in after that, but he was chased after yielding a pair of singles in the sixth. Reliever Trey Cochran-Gill issued a walk and then balked home a run. Adam Frazier’s sac fly made it 6-3.
Kendrick was charged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings, but just two of the runs were earned thanks to four Auburn errors. The left-hander had three strikeouts and four walks.
MSU starter Luis Pollorena lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Long reliever Ross Mitchell was solid as usual, turning in three scoreless innings.
He left in the seventh after giving up two singles, and then Jonathan Holder recorded back-to-back strikeouts to strand the baserunners.