Recapping No. 22 MSU’s 7-6 win over Alabama at Dudy Noble Field on Sunday.
• The buzz: The Bulldogs (36-13, 13-11 SEC) rallied from a 6-3 deficit, and C.T. Bradford delivered an RBI single in the 11th to give his team its second walk-off win of the weekend, both of which came in extra innings. Chad Girodo and Jonathan Holder turned in stellar relief work, and MSU swept Alabama (27-11, 11-12) for the first time since 2004.
• Big inning: The 11th began with a leadoff single by Hunter Renfroe, and then Brett Pirtle reached on his third hit-by-pitch of the game. After Wes Rea failed to get down a bunt, Bradford swung at the first pitch he saw from Alabama reliever Jon Keller and lifted it over the leaping second baseman.
• Key stats: Each team had four two-out RBIs. … State was 5 of 17 with runners in scoring position, while Bama was 4 of 13. … Alabama had just one hit over the final five innings.
• Alabama at the plate: Alabama finished with 11 hits. … Mikey White had three hits, including a 3-run homer in the fifth to give the Tide a 5-2 lead. … After MSU scored in the bottom of the fifth, Bama made it 6-3 in the sixth on Ben Moore’s two-out RBI single.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had 11 hits. … Bradford was 4 of 6 with three RBIs. … Alex Detz had two hits. … Renfroe scored three runs, getting just one hit but drawing two walks.
• Alabama on the mound: Starter Justin Kamplain went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and five walks. … Tucker Hawley allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits in 1 2/3 innings, with a strikeout and a walk. … Keller (3-6) threw 3 2/3 mostly strong innings, but gave up the winning run. He allowed four hits, fanned three and walked one.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Jacob Lindgren was pulled after three-plus innings, in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four Ks and a walk. … Ross Mitchell allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits in two innings. … Will Cox faced two batters and got one out. … Senior Chad Girodo put in solid relief work, with 2 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up two hits. … Holder (2-0) tossed three shutout, hitless innings, keeping Bama hitters off-balance with his heater and filthy curve. He fanned six and walked one.
• Quotable: “Small picture, we needed it for our confidence. During practice this week, we practiced like nothing happened last weekend, and that’s what good teams do. They come out and get their work done, and I think it paid off today.” – Holder, on getting the sweep
• Bottom line: This win vaulted MSU into third place in the Western Division standings, as Ole Miss lost two of three to Auburn. The Bulldogs are fifth overall in the SEC, a half-game behind South Carolina, which had its game against Vanderbilt today rained out. This sweep gave a big boost to State’s hopes of hosting an NCAA regional.