STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Alabama baseball team was edged by 11th-ranked Mississippi State, 4-3, in Game 1of Friday’s doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field. With the loss, Alabama moves to 15-24 overall and 2-15 in SEC play, while the Bulldogs claim the series win with the victory.

Crimson Tide starter Nick Eicholtz (1-1) worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. The senior starter then handed it over to Sam Finnerty, who pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings with a career-high seven strikeouts.

The Alabama offense was highlighted by Chandler Taylor, who reached base in all four plate appearances with a 3-for-3 day that included a walk and one run scored. Also contributing a multi-hit effort was Cody Henry, with the Tide first baseman finishing 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.