March 24, 2017 10:13:39 PM
Mississippi State avoided its first 0-4 start in Southeastern Conference play since 1995.
- It was a bit of a reversal in the norm for MSU's pitching tonight. Konnor Pilkington -- who, in each of his last four starts went at least seven innings while allowing a combined four runs -- lasted just 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. It was the bullpen, a trouble spot for MSU for most of the season, that came through, pitching a combined 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jacob Barton pitched 1 2/3, Riley Self pitched the eighth inning and Spencer Price pitched a perfect ninth to record his fifth save of the year.
- MSU's new lineup worked. Coach Andy Cannizaro moved Brent Rooker from No. 4 to No. 2, opening up the 4-hole for Elijah MacNamee and placing Cody Brown behind him; both of them had two hits, one of MacNamee's being a two-run home run.
- As I posted on Twitter (hope y'all are following, @Brett_Hudson), Jake Mangum and Luke Alexander went a combined 0-for-7. Certainly an atypical night for the Bulldogs offensively.
- Quick scheduling note: tomorrow's game has been moved back to 6:30 p.m., previously scheduled as an afternoon game. The word is they're trying to avoid some bad weather projected to come to town overnight or tomorrow morning.
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