Blog – Final: No. 23 Mississippi State 7, No. 15 South Carolina 2 (with video)

Records: MSU (40-16, 16-14) S. Carolina (39-16, 17-12)

Attendance: 7,687

Game time: 2.31

Winning pitcher: Ross Mitchell (10-0)

Losing pitcher: Jack Wynkoop (7-3)

Save: None

Play of the game: Derrick Armstrong reached on an error by the second baseman causing Demarcus Henderson to score from second to give MSU a 2-1 lead in the second inning. The Bulldogs never lost the lead.

Big inning: The Bulldogs scored three runs in the eighth inning with a RBI single by Henderson, a RBI double by Nick Ammirati and a sacrifice fly by Trey Porter to give the Bulldogs some insurance runs heading to the ninth.

Stat of the game: Two: The Bulldog pitchers only walked two batters. A two-out walk in the 10th inning in Friday’s night game prolonged the inning, allowing for the game-winning home run. Starter Jacob Lindgren only walked one as did Mitchell.

Top Dawg: The 7-9 hitters. They went 4-10 with two runs and three RBI. Demarcus Henderson, Nick Ammirati, Derrick Armstrong and pinch hitter Trey Porter helped lead the MSU offense.

Multiple hits: MSU (Henderson 3, Adam Frazier 2, Brett Pirtle 2, C.T. Bradford 2) S. Carolina (LB Dantzler 2, Max Schrock 2)

Quote of the night: 

“I’m not on any NCAA committees, so I’m not going to be able to help you with a question you might have for me.” – MSU head coach John Cohen said with a smile of the Bulldogs hosting chances

Song to describe game: 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone The Bulldogs bottom of the order stepped up, not quite 7-8-9 in the song, but close enough.

Notes: 

1. It is the 24th multiple hit game for Frazier

2. Pirtle has reached base safely in 29-straight games

3. It is the first 40-win regular season for MSU since 1997. That team went on to the College World Series

Video: 

Head coach John Cohen

Junior OF Demarcus Henderson

Sophomore LHP Ross Mitchell

What it means: It is the first time the Bulldogs have won the series against the Gamecocks since taking 2-of-3 in Starkville in 2009. The Bulldogs earn the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play No. 12 Missouri in the final game on Tuesday. The loser will go home, while the winner will move on to play South Carolina. The Bulldogs regional hosting chances got boosted. Many thought one more win and MSU would be a lock. Only time will tell now. The SEC Tournament is set. Below are the seeds.

1. Vanderbilt

2. LSU

3. Arkansas

4. South Carolina

5. MSU

6. Ole Miss

7. Alabama

8. Florida

9. Texas A&M

10. Auburn

11. Kentucky

12. Missouri

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