Posted: 8:04 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013
By Metal Building Dawg
Game 1 - MSU 10, Alabama 6
MSU broke the 200,000 attendance mark for the season for just the seventh time in school history. With another weekend remaining, MSU has the opportunity to break the all-time record of 233,015 set in 2003.
Alabama pitcher and Madison, Miss., native, Spencer Turnbull, came into the ball game with a 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA in SEC play. The Bulldogs absolutely smashed the Tide ace to the tune of 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits. His earned run average went from 2.26 to 3.28 on the season.
Adam Frazier stroked the ball in the opening game. He came to the plate in each of the first two innings delivering both times. In the second, he sent home two runs and scored another of his own. He has now hit safely in 38 of the 47 Bulldog games this season with 21 multi-hit games. He's now just 26 hits away from tying his 91-hit sophomore season in which he led the team. His 65 hits are top five in the conference and lead the team.
Brett Pirtle has been huge for the Bulldogs in SEC play hitting .346 coming into the series in SEC play. He also is one of the leaders in the conference in walks and had another one in his first at-bat today. He has now reached base in 20-consecutive ball games. He had a hit as well in the game and is now in the middle of a six-game hitting streak garnering hits in 14 of his last 15 games.
The Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the game and improved to 13-0 on the season when scoring six or more.
State turned their 60th double play of the season in game one during the eighth inning following a lead-off hit to kill the Bama rally. Their 60 DP's lead the conference for the second-consecutive season.
Ross Mitchell pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings to earn his ninth win of the season. He is 9-0 all out of the bullpen and is one of the leaders across the country in wins and ERA.
Jonathan Holder came into the game in the seventh with two runners on and just one out. He would get the Bulldogs out of it and eventually go 2.2 innings striking out four and giving up no runs on just one hit. He earned his 13th save of the season which now ties him for the most all-time in a single season with Scott Tanksley (1994) and Van Johnson (1997). His 22 saves now put him in sole possession of third place all time and only seven saves away from the all-time record of 29 (Van Johnson 1995-98).
Game one recap provided by winstoncountysfinest.
Game 2 - MSU 5, Alabama 4
Red hot Brett Pirtle was not in the lineup for the second game due to an illness - he was throwing up prior to Game 1. Sam Frost took his spot at 2B and went 4 for 5. The illness didn't stop Pirtle from getting in on the action, however, as he pinch hit for Nick Ammirati in the 8th inning getting a game-tying single.
Also hitting the ball well is Wes Rea who doubled home two in the 1st inning. And as always, Hunter Renfroe who hit yet another home run, his 15th of the year.
In the 9th inning Bama understandably pitched around Renfroe and walked him. But he is so talented - he steals 2nd base for his 9th SB of the year to get into scoring position for C.T. Bradford who grounded out to the pitcher moving Hunter to 3rd, but seldom used Daryl Norris struck out to end the inning (Derrick Armstrong had pinch run for Rea, so Detz moved to 1B and Norris entered the game).
Kendall Graveman had a short outing for him - 6 innings giving up four runs. Ben Bracewell relieved him in fine fashion with 3.2 scoreless innings. He left a runner on 3rd in the 10th when Chad Girado took over, issued a walk and then got a strikeout to end the frame.
Mitch Slauter made his return from a broken hand in the late innings. In the 10th he laid down a bunt moving runners to 2nd & 3rd with one out setting up Jacob Robson for the game-winning hit.
Robson has been struggling in SEC play but he came through today with a couple of big hits.
State is now 12-11 in the SEC and moves 1/2 game ahead of Alabama in the West.