Blog – MSU, A&M split first two games, force rubber game (with video)




Mississippi State started off the day at an extreme high, but when it ended the Bulldogs were on the opposite end of the spectrum.

The No. 20 Bulldogs came back from a suspended game from Thursday night to beat Texas A&M 5-1 Friday afternoon, but lost the nightcap 6-3 to the Aggies.

MSU is now 28-16 overall, with an 11-9 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Aggies moved their record to 26-18 overall with a 9-11 mark in league play.

John Cohen’s club out hit the Aggies 11-9 in game two, but it wasn’t enough.

“I felt like, in the second ballgame, we really swung the bats well and we just didn’t put a whole lot together,” Cohen said. “You look up and down our lineup and everybody’s hitting the ball hard, we just couldn’t string anything together.”

Cohen said redshirt sophomore Preston Brown is a real possibility to start today. He hasn’t pitched in three weekends due to an injury. Cohen said it all depends on how he feels when he wakes up in the morning.

Cohen also said the rest of the bullpen, including Holder and Lindgren, are in play.

The Aggies will go with sophomore righty Grayson Long (5-1, 2.44 ERA) in the rubber match. First pitch is set for 2:15 p.m. from Dudy Noble Field on Fox Sports South.

A complete recap of both games will in Saturday’s SDN


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