Mississippi State’s Sunday pitching woes returned yesterday in an 8-3 loss to Vanderbilt. That completed a series sweep for the Commodores and marked the first time this season MSU (33-13, 10-11 SEC) has been swept. As a result, the Bulldogs dropped six spots in this week’s Baseball America poll, to No. 22, while Vandy got a one-spot bump to No. 2.
Starter Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.47 ERA), who’d turned in some solid work the previous three weekends, gave up five runs (all earned) in two-thirds of an inning Sunday before getting pulled. It was the third time this season an MSU Game 3 starter failed to make it out of the first inning. In seven SEC Game 3s, State starters have an ERA of 6.00 (16 earned runs in 24 innings).
MSU’s pitching staff as a whole had a rough go at Vanderbilt, giving up 16 runs – 12 of them earned – in the three games. That’s an ERA of 4.50. For the season, the Bulldogs have a team ERA of 2.46. I can’t tell you where that ranks in the SEC, because the league website has not updated its stats page, so the statistical updates I normally post here will have to wait.
The Bulldogs are back in action Friday to open a three-game home series against Alabama (27-18, 11-9), which won both of its games against Texas A&M in a series shortened by rain.