Bulldogs blank South Carolina, 12-0

Mississippi State's Seth Heck and C.T. Bradford greet Brett Pirtle at home after his three-run home run against South Carolina. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

Mississippi State’s Seth Heck and C.T. Bradford greet Brett Pirtle at home after his three-run home run against South Carolina. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

HOOVER, Ala., – Mississippi State has struggled offensively at times this season.

Wednesday night against South Carolina was not one of those occasions.

The Bulldogs erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to run-rule the fourth-seeded Gamecocks 12-0 on Day 2 of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

MSU sent 14 batters to the plate in the seventh inning collecting eight hits off four different pitchers. The biggest blow came on a three-run homer by Brett Pirtle into the bullpen in right field.

“It’s good to see our bats get going like that,” Pirtle said. “It’s always addicting when you get a run and more runs after that start coming. It was good for our ball club. Our whole lineup was phenomenal.”

The Diamond Dogs finished with 14 hits led by C.T. Bradford, who went 3-for-4 with three singles and a run batted in.

Seth Heck was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI while Demarcus Henderson was 2-for-3 and driving in one. Derrick Armstrong went 2-for-4 with two RBI as State improved to 37-20 on the year.

Jacob Lindgren (6-1) picked up the win in relief. The junior southpaw came on for Trevor Fitts in just the third inning and fired four perfect frames with six strikeouts.

“Every hitter I tried to attack with my best stuff,” Lindgren said. “My fastball and slider were working tonight. Gavin (Collins) was calling a heck of a game and I have to give a lot of credit to him.”

South Carolina (42-15) managed just two hits in the contest. Jordan Montgomery suffered the loss falling to 7-5 on the year. Montgomery gave up four run on six hits with four walks and a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings.

State advances to take on No. 9 seed Kentucky in the late game Thursday night on CSS.

“This is one win and doesn’t mean anything other than it allows you to advance,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “We will play a really good Kentucky team who can score runs. We’ve got to be ready for them.”


I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • Roy Munsun

    Got just a little momentum, now. Gotta keep it going against a strong Wildcat team. Can’t wait!! Go Dogs and Go Vandy!!

  • Roy Munsun

    I’m sure most of you have my grandma’s black bear puddin’ recipe, but for those that don’t, here it is. Take the black bears, put ’em in an Egg Bowl, then beat the crap out of ’em.

    • a name

      Just can’t figure out Karl’s obsession with the University of Maine Black Bears…

  • Mike Davis

    We played very good!Lets keep up the fight!

    • a name

      I agree with you Mike. The Dawgs are playing great. Hope they stay in till the end and we get a rematch of Ole Miss and State.

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