Blog – Final: No. 18 Mississippi State 6, Texas A&M 4, SEC Tournament (with video)

Records: MSU (43-16), A&M (32-26)

Attendance: 8,143

Game time: 2:38

Winning pitcher: Ross Mitchell (11-0)

Losing pitcher: Rafael Pineda (5-5)

Save: Jonathan Holder (16)

Play of the game: Hunter Renfroe started a 8-3 double play to end the seventh inning. The pinch runner strayed too far off the bag and Renfroe riffled it to Wes Rea at first to end the inning.

Big inning: The Bulldogs scored five runs in the fourth inning. Texas A&M first baseman Cole Lankford had an error that led to two MSU runs.

Stat of the game: 8-1: The Bulldogs are 8-1 in their last nine SEC Tournament games dating back to last year’s tournament. MSU won last year’s tournament with a 5-1 record. The Bulldogs have won their last six SEC Tournament games.

Top Dawg: Adam Frazier led the MSU offense with four hits. He drove in Derrick Armstrong in the eighth inning to give MSU a two-run cushion with six outs to get.

Multiple hits: MSU (Frazier 4, Brett Pirtle 2) A&M (Hunter Melton 2)

Quote of the night: “The most significant about the victory is I get to watch my daughter graduate from high school tomorrow. It’s a special day for her tomorrow and, and I’m glad I get be a part of that.” – MSU head coach John Cohen said. His daughter graduates from Starkville High School tomorrow.

Song to describe game: Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) by Dierks Bentley

The Bulldogs come to the SEC Tournament ready to win. This year’s three games have shown the Bulldogs toughness. They looked like they were playing without a care tonight. Kind of like free and easy.

Notes: 

1. Brett Pirtle extended his reach base safely streak to 32 games

2. Frazier has 21-career SEC Tournament hits, he now has 29 multiple hit games this season, 10 three-hit games and it was his first four-hit game of the season, he now has a 10-game hitting streak going

3. The Bulldogs are now 4-0 against the Aggies this season

4. Ross Mitchell gets his team-leading 11th win of the season

Video: 

Head coach John Cohen

Junior SS Adam Frazier

Sophomore LHP Ross Mitchell

What it means: The Bulldogs are one game away from a second-straight berth in the SEC Tournament Championship game. MSU won’t play again until Saturday. They will get the winner of Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

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