May 4, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After falling behind 8-0 after three innings, Alabama battled back to get within two, 8-6, before eventually falling to the No. 15-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 10-6, in the first game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon from Dudy Noble Field. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 27-19 overall and 11-10 in SEC play. The Bulldogs improve to 34-13 and 11-11 in conference play.
After Alabama starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull allowed seven runs in the bottom of the second inning and another it the bottom of the third, it was a lead the Tide could not come back from. Turnbull (4-2) took the loss after allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Trailing by eight, Alabama got a two run home run by Austen Smith in the top of the fourth then scored four runs in the fifth inning to chase MSU starting pitcher Luis Pollorena. Pollorena got a no decision after lasting just 4.1 innings. Reliever Ross Mitchell (9-0) got the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit with a strikeout. Jonathan Holder got the final eight outs for the Bulldogs to record his 13th save of the year.
Smith led the Tide with a 2-for-4, three RBI game, Brett Booth was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and Kyle Overstreet was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Taylor Guilbeau threw the final three innings for the Tide and did now allow a hit, walked one and struck out four.
Mississippi State scored seven times in the bottom of the second inning, and held on the rest of the way to take the first game of the doubleheader. The Bulldogs sent 10 batters the plate against Turnbull in the inning, which included a two-run double by Trey Porter and a two-run single by Adam Frazier. MSU scored their seven runs on five hits and one Alabama error. MSU extended its lead to 8-0 when Wes Rea homered to straight away center field to lead off the bottom of the third.
Alabama got on the scoreboard in the fourth. After Overstreet singled with one out for the Tide’s first hit of the game, Smith hit his fourth home run of the season with two outs to make the score 8-2.
The Tide struck again in the fifth inning, scoring three times against Pollorena and once against reliever Myles Gentry. Miller singled and Roberts walked with one out, then Salem doubled to the corner in right field to drive in Miller, and Roberts scored on a throwing error by MSU right fielder Hunter Renfroe. With Salem on second, Overstreet delivered an RBI single up the middle off Gentry to cut the deficit to 8-5. A wild pitch allowed Moore, who reached on a fielder’s choice, to advance to second, before he scored when Smith singled to center field to make it a two-run game at 8-6.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the fifth when Porter doubled, this time with two outs and two on to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 10-6 after five. Porter was 2-for-3 with four RBI in the game. Frazier was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Rea and C.T. Bradford were 2-for-4 and both scored twice.
Alabama got the first two runners on to open the seventh inning, and after a fly out allowed Roberts to move up to third, MSU went to their closer Holder to get out of the inning. Holder got Moore to line out to center field and struck out Smith to end the inning. Holder went 2.2 innings allowing one hit with four strikeouts.
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