ATHENS, Ga. – It was not exactly the repeat performance Mississippi State wanted.
A day after scoring three runs on 14 hits in a 5-3 loss at No. 3 Georgia, MSU failed to get timely hits again, stranding 12 more base runners in a 4-0 setback.
The poor offensive performance nullified a sterling performance from freshman lefty Nick Routt (2-1), who turned in the Bulldogs’ first complete game of the season. Routt allowed five hits and four runs while striking out eight in eight innings of work.
Georgia’s Michael Palazzone (2-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Alex McRee, who worked four innings.
For the second straight day, MSU had its chances offensively. The Bulldogs grounded into double plays to end the first two innings before leaving the bases jammed in the third.
Georgia (18-2, 3-2 SEC) took advantage of its limited opportunities, breaking the scoreless tie in the fifth on a solo home run by Joey Lewis before scoring three more in the eighth.
Each team finished with five hits, with Grant Hogue collecting three to lead MSU (13-8, 2-3).