By School Reports
AUBURN, Ala. – Mississippi State allowed seven two-out runs to Auburn Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. That offensive production was enough to life the Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Bulldogs in the final game of a weekend three-game SEC series.
With the victory, Auburn improved to 17-11 overall and 6-3 in conference play. MSU fell to 18-11 and 3-6. The Tigers have won four straight series from the Bulldogs here on the plains. Auburn has opened league play with three straight series wins for the first time since 2003.
“We are not as locked in as we need to be to win series in this league,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Our pitching staff is pitching well enough to win some games. We made too many mistakes during the course of a game. We need to grow up in a hurry.”
The Bulldogs made three errors which led to three unearned runs for the Tigers.
On the bases, the Bulldogs were picked off twice and made an additional out trying to advance on an errant throw.
Auburn chased starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (2-1) with two runs in the fifth inning. Graveman allowed eight hits and seven runs (four earned), with two strikeouts and three walks. Caleb Reed followed with 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
Ben Bracewell returned to the mound for the first time in a month and was touched for two two-out hits and a run in the Auburn eighth inning.
The Bulldogs finished with seven hits. Mitch Slauter and Sam Frost each multiple hits.
Also in the SEC
Kentucky 11, Georgia 2: The Wildcats (27-2, 7-2) won a series in Athens, Ga., for the first time since 2000 and find themselves atop the SEC standings thanks to Florida’s series loss at Ole Miss.
J.T. Riddle led a 16-hit attack, going 3 for 3 with a home run and scoring four runs to back starter Corey Littrell (4-0).
South Carolina 6, Vanderbilt 4: The Gamecocks (20-8, 3-6) won in 13 innings to clinch the weekend series, the first series win of the season for the two-time defending national champs.
Christian Walker hit a two-run, two-out homer in the top of the 13th.
LSU 3, Arkansas 2: The Tigers won in 11 innings to wrap up a home sweep of the third-ranked Razorbacks. LSU (22-6, 6-3) has won five games in a row.
Freshman Jared Foster hit a two-out RBI chopper with the bases loaded to win it.
Tennessee 4-5, Alabama 2-3: The Vols (18-10, 5-4) picked up their first SEC series win of the season and first home SEC sweep since 2008. Alabama (9-19, 1-8) stranded 23 runners in the two games.