LEXINGTON, Ky. – Opening up Southeastern Conference play on Friday evening, the Mississippi State Bulldogs came up short in extra innings, as Kentucky picked up the victory in the tenth by a score of 6-5.
Kentucky (16-2) struck first in Friday’s contest, as the Wildcats put up a four-run first inning. Mississippi State (13-6) would strike back, scratching one run in the third and fourth and ultimately taking the lead in the fifth. The Wildcats would tie the game up in the eighth, sending the game to extra innings.
Jurrangelo Cijntje started on the bump for the Diamond Dawgs. He went five innings, striking out six and allowing only two hits. KC Hunt was the first out of the pen, working two innings and picking up four strikeouts. Nate Dohm was charged with his second loss on the year after striking out five in 2.2 innings.
Kellum Clark led the offense for the Diamond Dawgs. He drove in three runs for the Bulldogs on a 2-for-4 day, including a solo home run. Slate Alford picked up two hits in the contest as well.
The Diamond Dawgs are back in action Saturday for game two of the series against Kentucky. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CT with the game broadcasted on SECN+.
Jackson Gray scored after Pitre was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ryan Waldschmidt singled to right to push Burkes and Felker across. James McCoy laid a sac bunt down to score Pitre.
Mississippi State 0, Kentucky 4
Luke Hancock drew a bases-loaded walk to force Alford across the plate.
Mississippi State 1, Kentucky 4
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