Recapping No. 22 MSU’s 5-4 win over Alabama in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday.
• The buzz: MSU (35-13, 12-11 SEC) finished off a doubleheader sweep and won the series when freshman Jacob Robson delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning. The Bulldogs had to rally from a 4-3 deficit, tying it in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Brett Pirtle‘s RBI hit. Alabama fell to 27-20 (11-11).
• Big inning: MSU started off the 10th with a four-pitch walk of Trey Porter, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats. Sam Frost followed with his second bunt single of the game, and both runners moved over on Mitch Slauter‘s sac bunt. Slauter, who fractured his left hand three weeks ago, wasn’t even supposed to play today but entered in the ninth. Robson laced an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to win it.
• Key stats: MSU was 3 of 14 with runners in scoring position, while Alabama was 2 of 5. … State was 5 of 14 with two outs; Bama was 3 of 13. … MSU stranded 12 runners, Alabama five.
• Alabama at the plate: The Crimson Tide had eight hits. … Andrew Miller had two hits. … Austen Smith‘s solo homer in the sixth gave Alabama a 4-3 lead. … Georgie Salem had two RBIs.
• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs had 12 hits. … Frost had four hits. … Robson had three hits. … Hunter Renfroe had two hits, including a leadoff home run in the third to tie it 3-3. It was his SEC-leading 15th homer.
• Alabama on the mound: Starter Charley Sullivan went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits. He had five strikeouts and no walks. … Jon Keller pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs, no hits. … Ray Castillo (2-2) was charged with two runs (both earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He blew a save for the first time this year in nine opportunities.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Kendall Graveman went six innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits. He struck out three and walked one on 72 pitches. … Ben Bracewell was superb, with 3 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up two hits, fanned one and walked none. … Chad Girodo (4-1) faced two batters and got one out to earn the win. He stranded runners at the corners in the 10th.
• Quotable: “I can’t really of what I want to say right now, because I’ve got a lot of adrenaline, but it’s a great feeling to get the series.” – Robson
• Bottom line: MSU not only clinched the series, it moved past Alabama in the Western Division standings for the time being. The offense found a way in the end after struggling for a bit in Game 2, and that’s something that hasn’t always happened for this team. MSU goes for the sweep at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on CBS Sports Network.