The No. 8 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State Bulldogs looked like they were going to open the SEC season with a victory.
Mason Katz hit two two-run home runs and the No. 3 LSU Tigers edged by the Bulldogs 6-4 in 10 innings at Dudy Noble Field.
“We let Katz beat us,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.
The Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
“I was trying to hit the ball hard,” Renfroe said. “He hung a slider and I tattooed it pretty good.”
The Tigers chipped away and broke through to tie the game in the seventh inning.
MSU junior righty Ben Bracewell got the Bulldogs out of the seventh inning in with a pop up and a ground out.
“Stay in the bottom of the zone was my main focus,” Bracewell said. “Balls they hit hard, most of them were up in the zone a little bit. I was just trying to come in and pump strikes in the bottom of the zone.”
Katz hit a home run in the sixth and 10th innings to lift the Tigers.
LSU’s Joey Bourgeois (2-0) pitched 1.1 innings in relief to pick up the win. Chris Cotton pitched the 10th to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Katz, Ibarra and Alex Bregman each had two hits to lead the Tiger offense.
MSU’s Will Cox (2-1) pitched the 10th inning and took the loss.
Alex Detz led MSU with three hits. C.T. Bradford and Renfroe each had two.
The Bulldogs and Tigers are back at it today for a 6 p.m. first pitch. The game can be seen on CSS. MSU will throw junior right hander Evan Mitchell (0-0, 2.30 ERA), while LSU will send junior right Ryan Eades (3-0, 1.80).
“I think our kids will bounce back from this,” Cohen said.