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Mississippi State Wins Seesaw Battle of the Bulldogs 9-8 and SEC Series 2-1

Updated: Apr 8

By Doug Kyle

It was a long night for quite a few people in Starkville, MS, and Birmingham, AL, as officials at Mississippi State worked to overcome a quagmire of shortsightedness in a little ole SEC college baseball game on Saturday night and try to restore some sanity and logic to the situation in time for an early game Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Fortunately, as night turned into day, some resolution was reached, and most of the impulsive ejection-related suspensions on players from both Mississippi State and Georgia were rescinded, allowing many players, whose only offense had been hustling off the field, to suit up and play.

What ensued Sunday afternoon was an up and down game, Georgia jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the third, primarily on a grand slam, and State putting up its own four in the bottom of the inning. The maroon and white Bulldogs tied things at 5-5, but only momentarily, as the red and black version jumped back in front 6-5 with a run in the sixth. Of course, State pushed over a pair in the bottom half, only to see Georgia plate a couple more in the seventh and take an 8-7 lead to the bottom of the 8th.

There, after State got a Dakota Jordan walk and a Hunter Hines single, Connor Hujsak drove up a ball up the middle that wasn't handled by the Georgia second baseman, scoring Jordan. Bryce Chance launched a sacrifice fly that scored Hines with the 9th run, and to the ninth the game went.

Tyler Davis (3-0) pitched masterfully for 3.0 innings, no more so than in the 9th, when he retired the side in order, ending his stint at 1 hit, no walks, no runs, and three strikeouts.

Coupled with a 6-1 Friday victory, the win gives the series to Mississippi State, who moves to 21-12 overall, and more importantly, 6-6 in the SEC West, behind Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Here are excerpts of post-game comments (edited due to technical difficulties with original source video) from Head Coach Chris Lemonis, prefaced by a statement regarding the officiating situation in Saturday's fiasco that left the SEC criticized by many throughout the college baseball community for how it reacted to a play at the plate late in the game, eventually won by Georgia, 3-2.

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