STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics) - For just the fifth time in 2019, the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program dropped a game at home, falling to South Carolina, 10-8, at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday (May 18) afternoon. The Diamond Dawgs did earn a share of the Southeastern Conference West Division title on the final day of the regular season, finishing tied atop the division standings with Arkansas.
South Carolina (28-27, 8-22 SEC) grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a first-inning solo home run, before Mississippi State (45-11, 20-10 SEC) knotted the score on a home run by sophomore Justin Foscue in the fourth. The Gamecocks scored three runs in the fifth to recapture the lead, before the two teams would each tally six runs over the next two innings. MSU scored a run in the ninth to account for the 10-8 margin.
State ends the regular season with 45 overall wins, which are the second-most regular-season wins in program history. The 1989 squad won 49 regular season games, winning 45 games before going to the SEC Tournament, and winning four more games between the SEC Tournament and the NCAA South Regional.
The 30 home wins are tied for the most in a regular season home victories with the 2013 squad.
Sophomore Tanner Allen continued to see the ball well at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Foscue hit his 14th home run of the season as part of a two-hit day, while senior Marshall Gilbert chipped in three hits, scored one run and drove in a pair of RBIs.