Recapping No. 16 MSU’s series-clinching 6-0 win over Auburn at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday.
• The buzz: In front of an overflow crowd, MSU (32-10, 10-8) won its third consecutive SEC series behind the strong pitching of sophomore Jacob Lindgren, who got some good early run support a day after the Bulldogs struggled at the plate. Catcher Nick Ammirati, who’s pulling full-time duty with Mitch Slauter out hurt, was superb behind the plate and at bat. Auburn fell to 24-16 (6-12).
• Big inning: MSU was leading 2-0 when it pushed across three runs in the third. After Auburn starter Will Kendall loaded the bases, pinch hitter Trey Porter drove in a run with a sac fly, and then Ammirati laced a two-run single to right field off reliever Justin Camp.
• Key stats: MSU turned two double plays, Auburn none. … MSU was 4 of 11 with runners in scoring position, while Auburn was 0 of 6. … The crowd of 14,562 was the second-largest in the history of Dudy Noble Field.
• Auburn at the plate: The Tigers had six hits, three of them by Patrick Savage. … Cullen Wacker, who over the first two games of the series had gone 5 for 5, went 0 for 4 today with three strikeouts.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had nine hits. … Ammirati had two hits to cap a strong series for the senior. He was 6 of 11 with three RBIs and three runs scored on the weekend. … Alex Detz doubled home a run in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
• Auburn on the mound: Kendall (0-5) went 2 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs (all earned) on five hits with a strikeout and two walks. … Camp went 3 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk. … Daniel Koger gave up one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings, walking one. … Reid Carter got out the lone batter he faced.
• MSU on the mound: Lindgren (4-1) appears to be full strength after overcoming a sore elbow and a twisted ankle in recent weeks. In eight-plus innings – he faced one batter in the ninth – the left-hander allowed five hits, struck out 11 and walked two on 106 pitches. … Jonathan Holder got the final three outs, allowing a hit, striking out three and walking one.
• Quotable: “Lindgren did a hell of a job today. That’s SEC-caliber stuff right there.” – Ammirati
• Bottom line: State is rolling now, having won nine of its last 11 games, and it’s a great sign to see Lindgren pitch the way he did. Everything seems to be coming together, but a tough road lies ahead, with a trip to Memphis on Tuesday followed by a three-game set at No. 2 Vanderbilt next weekend.