STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Baseball Bulldogs suffered through a tough fielding afternoon Saturday, making five errors in an 8-5loss to Southeastern Louisiana at Dudy Noble Field.
The victory allowed the Lions to clinch the weekend series. SLU improved to 6-0, while the Bulldogs suffered their second straight defeat to fall to 4-2. SLU scored three times in the ninth inning to take a 4-1 victory in the weekend series opener Friday night.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs actually grabbed a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Luke Adkins had a two-run single in that at-bat. That hit followed a Russ Sneed single and Jonathan Ogden double.
Each team scored a lone run in the first inning. The Lions took advantage of two Bulldog errors to to score without the benefit of a base hit. MSU tied the contest in its home half of the first inning on a double by Adkins and RBI-single by Cody Freeman.
SLU again briefly grabbed the lead in the second inning before MSU scored with its pair of runs. From there, the Lions pitching staff pieced together six straight innings of scoreless baseball.
The Lions moved ahead for good with three scores in the third inning before adding single scores in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings.
Brandon Efferson (2-0) pitched six innings to garner the win. The junior right-hander allowed nine hits and three runs (all earned), with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts. Jordan Hymel worked the seventh and eighth innings before being lifted after a leadoff walk in the ninth inning. Josh Janway and Justin Schneider combined to finsh the contest for the Lions. Schneider earned his first save.
MSU starter Chris Stratton was chased during the SLU three-run third inning. Stratton worked 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and five runs (two earned), with two walks and no strikeouts. In relief, Chad Girodo threw 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned), with three strikeouts and one walk. C.C. Watson and Greg Houston completed the contest.
MSU finished with 11 hits. Adkins had his third three-hit game of the season for the Bulldogs. Freeman, Ogden and Jet Butler each added multiple hits. Ryan Collins had an RBI-single during a two-run ninth inning to cap the scoring.
SLU finished with 10 hits. Justin Boudreaux and Brock Hebert each had multiple hits for the Lions.
The series concludes with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch Sunday afternoon. MSU's season-opening 13-game homestand resumes when South Alabama comes to town for a 4 p.m. start Tuesday.