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Hines, Larry, Chance Homers Lead Mississippi State Over Alabama 13-3

Amani Larry (left) and Hunter Hines (right)

By Doug Kyle

A trio of Mississippi State Bulldogs, Hunter Hines, Amani Larry, and Bryce Chance accounted for four home runs and nine of the thirteen the Bulldogs scored Friday to run-rule Alabama 13-3 in seven innings.

Hines hit a pair, bringing him to 14 on the season, Larry hit his first grand slam as a Bulldog, and Chance's round tripper was one of two hits he recorded from his recent shift to leadoff in the batting order. All told, eight of the nine in the State lineup had at least one hit. The only one who didn't, Ethan Pulliam, had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th that pushed the lead back to the 10 that the Bulldogs needed to end the game and save pitching for the two remaining series games.

Speaking of pitching, Khal Stephen was his usual brilliant self through the first four innings. After he sat during a six-run Bulldog 4th, he had trouble in the 5th but managed to pitch himself out of that as well, giving up three runs. Gavin Black came on in relief for the final two innings, giving up two hits, hitting a batter, but most importantly, no additional runs.

The win moves Mississippi State to 13-9 SEC, 31-15 overall, and Alabama drops to 9-13 SEC, 28-17 overall. The two teams play again on Saturday, a single game beginning at 2:00 pm CDT.

Here are post-game comments from Head Coach Chris Lemonis:

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