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Tonight should be a fun one as two of the hottest teams in all of college baseball square off in the SEC Tournament as Mississippi State and LSU hook up once again. It’ll be a late one as we close down the Hoover Met tonight but it also should be a good crowd. The SEC Network will once again carry the game. Ole Miss is finishing off a win against Vanderbilt right now and MSU’s game will begin 30 minutes after this one ends. The winner between MSU-LSU will get tomorrow off while the loser plays Florida in an elimination game.

Ole Miss finally defeated Vanderbilt 12-9 and the MSU-LSU game will get going at 8:50 p.m. The Bulldogs are clad in maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants while the Tigers are wearing purple hats and white uniforms.

STARTING LINEUPS

Mississippi State: (41-14-1)

RF- Jake Mangum, S/R, Fr., .429, HR, 26 RBI, 6 SB

C- Jack Kruger, R/R, Jr., .355, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB

3B- Gavin Collins, R/R, Jr., .316, 10 HR, 36 RBI

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, So., .324, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 2 SB

1B- Nathaniel Lowe, L/R, Jr., .353, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, Jr., .316, 5 HR, 44 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, Jr., .340, HR, 22 RBI, 17 SB

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, So., .278, 2 HR, 29 RBI, SB

2B- Hunter Stovall, R/R, Fr., .231, 13 RBI, 6 SB

RHP- Dakota Hudson, Jr. (9-3) 2.29 ERA, 101 K, 29 BB

LSU (41-17)

RF- Antoine Duplantis, L/L, Fr., .336, 2 HR, 35 RBI, 12 SB

CF- Jake Fraley, L/L, Jr., .329, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 25 SB

SS- Kramer Robertson, R/R, Jr., .320, HR, 36 RBI, 14 SB

3B- Chris Reid, L/R, Fr., .293, HR, 14 RBI

DH- Bryce Jordan, R/R, So., .310, 5 HR, 31 RBI

LF- Beau Jordan, R/R, .300, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 4 SB

1B- Greg Deichman, L/R, So., .267, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 5 SB

C- Michael Papierski, S/R, So., .208, 2 HR, 15 RBI, SB

2B- Cole Freeman, R/R, Fr., .326, HR, 25 RBI, 24 SB

LHP- Jared Poche’, Jr. (6-4) 3.81 ERA, 64 K, 32 BB

TOP 1ST

Mangum reached on a bunt single on the first pitch of the game.

Kruger lined out to center, one out.

Collins walked, Mangum advanced to second.

Rooker struck out looking on a pitch well inside, two outs.

Humphreys grounds to third, Collins forced out at third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Hudson’s first pitch is a ball.

Dupantis struck out swinging, one out.

Fraley grounded out to third. Fine play by Collins charging in, two outs.

Robertson fouled out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Robson failed on a bunt for a hit attempt. LSU saw that coming, one out.

Gridley lined a single into right-center.

Stovall singled to left in his first plate appearance in about a month, Gridley advanced to second.

Mangum hits into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Looked safe to me and John Cohen. He’s out to argue with first base ump Ed Newsom, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Reid struck out swinging, one out.

Bryce Jordan struck out swinging, two outs.

Beau Jordan reached on what’s ruled an infield single to second. Stovall booted it and was an easy error called. Official scorer must’ve went to school with these umps.

Deichmann grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Kruger popped out to center, one out.

Collins popped out to second, two outs.

Rooker struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Papierski grounded out to second, one out.

Freeman singled through the left.

Duplantis singled through the right side, Freeman advanced to second.

Fraley singled through the right side scoring Freeman, RBI. Duplantis advanced to second.

Robertson struck out looking as Fraley stole second, two outs.

Reid grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 LSU

TOP 4TH

Lowe chopped out to second, one out.

Humphreys flew out to right, two outs.

Robson grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 LSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Bryce Jordan singled through the left side.

Beau Jordan reached on a fielding error by Hudson. He got the bunt down but Hudson couldn’t field it. Bulldog pitchers have been brutal fielding bunts the season.

Deichmann reached on a fielder’s choice and Bryce Jordan advanced to third. Beau Jordan forced out at second. State nearly turned two but have to settle for one out.

Papierski with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Bryce Jordan, RBI, two outs.

Freeman reached on a throwing error by Gridley. He air mailed that one and Deichmann advanced to third.

Duplantis makes MSU pay with an RBI single center sscoring Deichmann. Freeman advanced to second.

Fraley struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 2 E, 2 LOB

3-0 LSU

TOP 5TH

Gridley reached on an infield single to short.

Stovall reached on a fielder’s choice, Gridley forcedo out at second. Would’ve been a twin killing but Deichmann’s foot came off the bag on a stretch, one out.

Mangum flew out to right, two outs.

Kruger grounded to short, Stovall forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 LSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Robertson lined out to the pitcher, one out.

Reid walked.

Bryce Jordan singled to center, Reid advanced to second.

Beau Jordan singled through the left side to load the bases.

Deichman singled to center scoring Reid, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Papeierski struck out swinging, two outs.

Freeman grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

4-0 LSU

TOP 6TH 

Collins struck out swinging after a lengthy at bat, one out.

Rooker flew out to center, two outs.

Lowe grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-0 LSU

BOTTOM 6TH

LHP Vance Tatum in to pitch for MSU.

Duplantis singled to right.

Fraley struck out swinging, one out.

Robertson grounded into a U-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-0 LSU

TOP 7TH

Humphreys made it to second as Duplantis dropped a pop up in right.

Robson tripled to the wall in left-center scoring Humphreys, RBI.

Gridley grounded out to second, Robson scored, RBI, one out.

Stovall singled up the middle.

Mangum reached on a fielder’s choice, Stovall forced out at second, two outs.

Kruger singled to right as Mangum was on the move on a 3-2 count. He advanced to third.

RHP Parker Bugg in to pitch for LSU.

Collins struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

4-2 LSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Reid grounded out to first, one out.

Bryce Jordan reached when Mangum dropped a fly ball in right.

Beau Jordan plunked on the foot.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU and inherits an 0-2 count.

Deichmann struck out swinging, two outs.

Wild pitch pushes both runners into scoring position.

Papierski singled to left scoring both Jordans, 2 RBI.

Freeman flew out to right, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

6-2 LSU

TOP 8TH

Rooker grounded out to second, one out.

Lowe singled to left.

Humphreys popped out to center, two outs.

Robson flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 LSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Duplantis popped out to third, one out.

Fraley struck out swinging and that’s the hat trick for him, two outs.

Robertson singled through the left side.

RHP Jacob Billingsley in to pitch for MSU.

Reid grounded to short, Robertson forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 LSU

TOP 9TH

Gridley grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Stovall struck out swinging, two outs.

Mangum grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: LSU 6, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2

MSU 000 000 200 – 2 8 3

LSU 001 210 20X – 6 12 1

WP: Jared Poche’ (7-4) LP: Dakota Hudson (9-4) S: Parker Bugg (4)

Multiple hits: (MSU) Ryan Gridley, Hunter Stovall (LSU) Antoine Duplantis 3, Bryce Jordan, Beau Jordan 3B: (MSU) Jacob Robson

DP: MSU 1, LSU 1 LOB: MSU 8, LSU 10 T: 3:31 A: 11,390

Records: LSU 42-17, Mississippi State 41-15-1

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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