Recapping No. 24 MSU’s 7-2 win over No. 14 South Carolina on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.
• The buzz: Mississippi State accomplished a lot with today’s win: It won the series, earned the No. 5 SEC Tournament seed, and reached the 40-win mark in the regular season for the first time since 1997. The Bulldogs (40-16, 16-14 SEC) will play 12th-seeded Missouri on Tuesday night to open tourney play; it’s a single-elimination day. South Carolina (39-16, 17-12) is the No. 4 seed and will play the Missouri-MSU winner on Wednesday.
• Big inning: MSU took a 2-1 lead in the second when Demarcus Henderson singled home a run and then later scored on an error. Two more runs came in the sixth, then three in the eighth.
• Key stats: MSU was 4 of 12 with runners in scoring position, while SC was 0 of 2. … With runners on third and less than two outs, MSU was 3 of 4. … The Gamecocks committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs.
• South Carolina at the plate: The Gamecocks had seven hits. … LB Dantzler hit a pair of solo home runs to right field, in the second and eighth innings. He has 14 homers on the year. … Max Schrock had two hits.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had 11 hits, marking the sixth straight game it’s recorded double-digit hits. … Henderson had three hits and two RBIs. … Adam Frazier and Brett Pirtle had two hits apiece. … Nick Ammirati stroked an RBI double in the eighth and drove in two runs on the day.
• South Carolina on the mound: Starter Jack Wynkoop (7-3) allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. … Evan Beal allowed two runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. … Vince Fiori allowed a run in one-third of an inning, while Colby Holmes went two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Jacob Lindgren went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. … Ross Mitchell (10-0) worked 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief for the win. He gave up two hits, struck out one and walked one.
• Quotable: “I’m not on any NCAA committees, so I’m not going to be able to help you with a question you guys might have for me. But I can tell you this, I’m really proud of our kids. We played the most difficult schedule in the Southeastern Conference.” – MSU coach John Cohen
• Bottom line: MSU finished the season on a strong note; in fact, this was its best series win of the year. Now it’s off to Hoover to defend last year’s SEC Tournament title, and after that the NCAA tournament selections. State has a strong case to host, and it could certainly help itself next week with a couple of wins.