May 18, 2013

Gamecocks win in 10-innings over MSU

STARKVILLE, Miss., - No. 16 Mississippi State had its share of good fortune to rally back in tight ballgames of late.

But the tables would be turned on the Bulldogs Friday night as 12th-ranked South Carolina belted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning for a 5-3 victory to even the series.

"I was really pleased with the way our kids competed," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "It's a 10-inning ballgame. I thought we had some guys really come through with some clutch at-bats and we had some guys who didn't step forward with some clutch at-bats."

MSU certainly had its chances having taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh only to surrender it in the next frame on a wild pitch. The Diamond Dogs would get another opportunity to end it in the ninth with the bases loaded but Wes Rea fouled out.

"That's just baseball," said MSU second baseman Brett Pirtle. "You can be up in the seventh inning and then it all goes downhill. It happens to all of us. We've just got to bounce back and we'll be fine."

In all, the Diamond Dogs stranded 11 runners and left the bases loaded twice.

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