NASHVILLE – A miserable road trip for Mississippi State ended with Sunday’s 11-3 loss to Vanderbilt, giving the home team a three-game sweep.
The Bulldogs (21-24, 6-15 SEC) have lost 5 of their last 6 league games.
Vanderbilt (27-17, 10-10) entered the weekend with a league-low 26 home runs . They hit nine against Mississippi State, including four on Sunday.
The second inning, tough on the Bulldogs all weekend, was especially painful on Sunday. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs and did not score. The Commodores loaded the bases with no outs and eventually scored five times.
In the sweep, Vandy out-scored MSU 11-2 in the second.
For only the second time in 12 games, MSU scored in the first inning. Ryan Collins had a one-out single and Cody Freeman drew a walk. Ryan Duffy followed with an RBI single.
In the bottom of the inning, the Commodores tied the contest when Curt Casili hit his eighth home run of the season.
In the seventh, MSU again loaded the bases with no outs. Two strikeouts and a flyout ended the threat.
In the eighth inning, Grant Hogue ran his hit streak to eight games with a two-out RBI single. He also had his 28th steal, moving him into second place on MSU’s all-time single-season list.
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