Leads evaporate as Tide rolls in

By From school reports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the third time this season, Mississippi State has been swept in a weekend SEC series. This one was quick, with three official decisions in less than 18 hours.
The Bulldogs blew leads twice on Sunday afternoon at Alabama, losing 9-8 in eight innings and 6-4 in the final game of the series.
Late Saturday, MSU lost 8-5 in a game begun on Friday but suspended due to rain.
The losses leave MSU (20-20, 5-13) in 10th place in the SEC standings with four weekend series remaining to be played.
Only the top eight league teams advance to the league tournament in May.
Bama (25-15, 8-10) extended its win streak to six games.
MSU is off until its weekend series at home against Ole Miss. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday (TV: SportSouth), 6:30 p.m. Saturday (FSN South) and 1:30 p.m. Sunday (CSS).
A quick review of all three Alabama-MSU games:
Alabama 8, MSU 5: Play was halted Friday night with Alabama leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first. MSU’s Connor Powers hit a pair of home runs – the second was the 50th of his MSU career – in a 3 for 4 effort, but Alabama built an 8-2 lead and hung on to win.
Alabama 9, MSU 8: The Bulldogs led 7-0 in the top of the fourth inning, but Alabama roared back with an eight-run explosion that chased freshman starter Chris Stratton (Tupelo). All eight runs were earned.
MSU tied the game in the sixth but Alabama won it in the eighth with an RBI hit by pinch-hitter Brian Bennett.
The Bulldogs out-hit the Tide 13-11 but stranded 11.
Alabama 6, MSU 4: The Tide trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth and again put together a huge inning, scoring five runs. Bennett did the damage again for the Crimson Tide with a two-run, two out-single.
MSU’s Powers, who was 4 for 9 in the first two games with five RBis, went 0 for 4. Jaron Shepherd went 4 for 7 on Sunday and drove in four runs.

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