ATHENS, Ga. – Mississippi State opened SEC play on Friday night with a 7-1 loss at Georgia.
The Diamond Dogs (13-7) have lost four of their last six games after a strong start.
“We are looking for something, that little ‘it’ factor right now that we had a year ago,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “We’ll keep moving forward and trying to find the right buttons to push to get these kids to compete the way that we want them to.”
It’s the fifth consecutive year State has started conference play with a loss.
Georgia received a dominant start from Ryan Lawlor (2-1). The sophomore lefty tossed 72⁄3 innings, scattering eight hits with seven strikeouts.
“He was just mixing things up and did a good job of that,” said MSU centerfielder C.T. Bradford.
Georgia (13-6, 1-0) pounded out 10 hits winning its 11th straight contest. Jess Posey, younger brother of Giants catcher Buster, was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI to lead the host Bulldogs while Conor Welton went 3 for 5 with three singles.
Daniel Nickels belted a two-run homer for Georgia.
Mississippi State finished with nine hits led by Alex Detz, who was 3 for 4 with three singles.
“I just attacked the fastball pretty much all night,” Detz said.
Ben Bracewell’s start was short-lived. Bracewell (2-2) lasted just two frames allowing two earned runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
The two teams meet again today at 11 a.m. with the possibility of a doubleheader due to impending bad weather.