Recapping No. 16 MSU’s 3-1 loss to Auburn at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night.
• The buzz: MSU’s offense hit a dry spell, and starting pitcher Kendall Graveman saw his complete games streak ended at three. But State (30-10, 8-8 SEC) can still end the night on a high note, as last night’s suspended game will resume shortly. MSU is leading that one 6-3 with one out in the bottom of the seventh. So this loss here is technically the second game of the series.
• Big inning: No big inning, as Auburn (24-14, 6-10) just kept chipping away at Graveman with singles. Patrick Savage had RBI singles in the first and third innings, and Cullen Wacker added a sac fly in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.
• Key stats: Each team committed two errors, with MSU’s miscues leading to two unearned runs. … State hit into two double plays, one in the sixth and one in the seventh to kill potential rallies. … Auburn was 3 of 7 with runners in scoring position, while MSU was 2 of 6.
• Auburn at the plate: The Tigers had 10 hits, all singles. … Savage, Wacker, Ryan Tella and Hunter Kelley had two hits apiece. … Wacker scored two runs.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had eight hits, none from the third through sixth innings. … Adam Frazier had three hits, while C.T. Bradford and Nick Ammirati had two each. … Ammirati was caught in a rundown between third and home in the seventh when he tried to score from second on Frazier’s infield single.
• Auburn on the mound: Starter Michael O’Neal (8-2) worked seven-plus innings, giving up no runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks. … Terrance Dedrick worked the final two innings for his fourth save. He allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
• MSU on the mound: Graveman (5-3) gave up three runs, but just one earned, on 10 hits with five strikeouts and a walk. … Trevor Fitts worked two scoreless, hitless innings with two Ks and a walk.
• Bottom line: The offense has been known to have droughts like this, and that can’t continue to happen. Hunter Renfroe, who’s been tearing it up and was 8 of 14 with three home runs at Texas A&M last weekend, was 0 of 3 with a walk.