Recapping No. 22 MSU’s 10-6 win over Alabama in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday.
• The buzz: The Bulldogs (34-13, 11-11 SEC) took Game 1 of the series thanks to an early offensive outburst, and they overcame some pitching issues along the way. The second half of this doubleheader will begin in a few minutes, and MSU will go for its fourth SEC series victory of the season with Kendall Graveman (5-4, 2.17 ERA) starting on the mound.
• Big inning: MSU sent 10 batters to the plate and tallied seven runs in the second inning. Trey Porter knocked in the first two runs with a double down the third base line, and Adam Frazier had a two-run single in the frame. He capped the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch.
• Key stats: MSU was 5 of 6 with runners in scoring position. Alabama was 3 of 6. … Each team committed an error, with Alabama’s miscue leading to an unearned run in the second.
• Alabama at the plate: Bama got back into the game with two runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth, cutting it to 8-6. … The Tide finished with nine hits. … Austen Smith had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth to get Alabama on the board.
• MSU at the plate: Porter had another two-run double to left field in the fifth to make it 10-6. He finished 2 of 3 with four RBIs. … Frazier, Wes Rea and C.T. Bradford had two hits apiece. Rea doubled in the second and then hit a leadoff homer in the third. … MSU had 10 hits.
• Alabama on the mound: Starter Spencer Turnbull was not pulled during the seven-run second. He wound up allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in five innings, striking out three and walking two. … Taylor Guilbeau hurled three shutout innings. He didn’t give up a hit, struck out four and walked one.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Luis Pollorena went 4 1/3 innings, charged with five runs (all earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. … Myles Gentry gave up a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. … Ross Mitchell (9-0) went 1 1/3 innings – a short outing for him – allowing no runs on one hit. He got the win … Jonathan Holder entered in the seventh with one out and runners at the corners and got the next two batters out. He worked the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his 13th save of the year – tying the school single-season saves record. He allowed no runs on one hit with four strikeouts and no walks.
• Bottom line: After the bats struggled last weekend at Vanderbilt, this was a great start, especially with Pollorena getting knocked around a bit. Now if the Bulldogs can give that kind of run support to Graveman, they should clinch the series today.