Blog – Final: No. 18 Mississippi State 5, No. 15 South Carolina 3, SEC Tournament (with video)

Records: MSU (42-16), S. Carolina (39-17)

Attendance: 5,913

Game time: 3:06

Winning pitcher: Myles Gentry (4-0)

Losing pitcher: Adam Westmoreland (7-2)

Save: None

Play of the game: Wes Rea singled to right field with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning giving MSU a 4-3 lead.

Big inning: The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Rea and Demarcus Henderson each had RBI singles.

Stat of the game: 3 out of 4: In the past week, the Bulldogs have played the Gamecocks four times. MSU took two out of three from South Carolina in Starkville last weekend. The win tonight gives them three wins against them in four tries in the past week.

Top Dawg: Myles Gentry. The freshman right hander pitched 5.2 innings in relief. He came in in the fourth with runners on first and second and one out. He struck out the two guys he faced to get out of the inning. He matched his career-high with eight Ks.

Multiple hits: MSU (Wes Rea 3, Adam Frazier 2, Brett Pirtle 2, Demarcus Henderson 2) S. Carolina (None)

Quote of the night: “Things happen in ballgames. You have to deal with things. Our kids are resilient and you just got to keep on fighting and competing. That’s what our kids did.” – MSU head coach John Cohen said of his team being able to win in tough situations

Song to describe game: Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles That’s what MSU should be telling South Carolina as they have won three out of four this season against them. Also Wes Rea, different spelling, with the winning RBI single.

Notes: 

1. It was MSU’s 100th SEC Tournament game

2. Myles Gentry tied his career-high with eight strikeouts

3. Brett Pirtle extended his reach base safely streak to 31 games with two doubles

4. Adam Frazier scored his 50th run of the season

5. MSU is now 55-45 in 29 SEC Tournaments

Video: 

Head coach John Cohen

Freshman RHP Myles Gentry

Sophomore 1B Wes Rea

Junior OF Demarcus Henderson

What it means: The No. 5 seed Bulldogs move on to play the No. 9 seed Texas A&M Aggies in the winner’s bracket in tomorrow’s last game. The Gamecocks will play the No. 1 seed Vanderbilt Commodores in an elimination game. The Bulldogs will more than likely host a regional.

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