No. 6 Mississippi State baseball opens up final regular-season series at Alabama with 4-2 win
Mississippi State baseball opened up its final regular-season series with a 4-2 win over Alabama on Thursday.
The No. 6 Bulldogs (38-13, 18-10 SEC) got a strong outing from pitcher Christian MacLeod (5-3), who finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings and the win in his home state.
The junior left-hander gave up five hits and two earned runs before reliever Landon Sims came in for the final two innings to pick up the win. Sims struck out five of the six batters he faced and only gave up one hit and one walk in his eighth save of the year.
MSU bounced back after dropping last week’s series to the SEC’s worst team record wise, Missouri, and Tanner Allen led the way from the plate.
The senior outfielder, who also hails from Alabama, finished 2-for-5 with the eventual game-winning double in the seventh inning that drove in two runs to make the score 4-1.
Jackson Tate broke the game open when he hit the lone home run of the game, a solo shot in the fifth, but Alabama (29-20, 12-15) didn't lead for long.
Freshman Kellum Clark (2-for-4), who was the only other Bulldog with a multi-hit game, tied the game in the seventh with an RBI double before scoring the go-ahead run on a Lane Forsythe single to make it 2-1.
The two teams are set to play again Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with a 6 p.m. start before Saturday’s regular-season finale.