STARKVILLE, Miss. – On a beautiful Saturday at Dudy Noble Field, a Mississippi State rally fell short as the No. 20 Bulldogs dropped a 6-4 decision to Texas A&M. The win gave the Aggies a 2-1 series victory.
MSU fell to 28-17 (11-10) on the season while A&M improved to 27-18 (10-11) with the victory. Grayson Long (6-1) threw 5.0 innings to earn the win on the mound, with Ty Schlottman recording his second save of the weekend. Ben Bracewell (3-4) took the loss by allowing two earned runs in 2.1 innings.
The Aggies struck for three runs in the first two innings, getting an RBI single from Nick Banks in the first and a two-run single from Patrick McClendon in the second.
MSU recorded five hits in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 3-3. Zack Randolph scored on a wild pitch and then Alex Detz ripped a two-run single to right field for the big hit of the inning.
A&M would load the bases again in the fourth and score two more runs on a Cole Lankford single, as the Aggies retook the lead at 5-3.
Wes Rea smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to cut Texas A&M’s lead to 5-4, but the Aggies would extend the lead to 6-4 on another run-scoring single by Banks in the eighth. MSU had its chances to even the score, but left seven runners in scoring position in the game.
For Mississippi State, Junior lefty Jacob Lindgren proved effective in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with seven strikeouts. Rea finished with three hits on the day, while Randolph, Seth Heck, and Brett Pirtle recorded two hits apiece.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for the final midweek contest of the year against Jacksonville State. MSU will resume conference play at Auburn next weekend, with game times of 6 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday (CSS) and 1 p.m. Sunday.