STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State scored four runs in the fifth inning to overcome an early deficit and beat South Alabama 6-2 at an NCAA regional Saturday night.
Brett Pirtle had the big hit during the Bulldogs' fifth inning, with a two-run single to right field that put Mississippi State ahead 3-2. C.T. Bradford added a two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead.
Mississippi State (45-17) advances to the regional championship game, where it will play the winner of South Alabama/Central Arkansas on Sunday night.
Ross Mitchell (12-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Alex Detz was 3 for 4 with a run scored.
South Alabama (43-19) didn't score a run after the fourth inning. Matt Bell (6-2) took the loss, giving up five runs in 6 1-3 innings.
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