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Lange, LSU shut down MSU 3-1

19 May 2017

But that would be the only run No. 8 Mississippi State would muster in a 3-1 loss to tenth-ranked LSU.

How did that sit with the hard-throwing right-hander?

"When your back is against the wall and you've got to rise up - I love that". "I love that. It's a good feeling". It's like a drug to me. His last pitch resulted in a strikeout with the bases loaded in the 7th inning. Hess logged a 1-2-3 8 inning and Newman recorded his 9 save by working around a one-out walk to risky slugger Brent Rooker.

LSU can win sole possession of the regular-season SEC title with two more wins and if Florida and Kentucky split the final two games of their series.

LSU regained the lead with a two-run fourth, the only runs surrendered by starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington.

LSU can clinch sole possession of the West title by winning one of the final two games.

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The Tigers moved into a first place tie with Kentucky and Florida in the overall SEC standings after the Wildcats posted a 12-4 win over the Gators Thursday night in Gainesville. The Tigers can only earn an outright title if it sweeps Mississippi State, and Florida and Kentucky split the final two games.

Tonight did not go as planned for #13 Mississippi State (34-20, 17-11 SEC) against the #6 LSU Tigers (37-17, 19-9 SEC).

"We did a great job of getting into scoring position against Alex". Stovall flied out to centerfield with a runner on second and two out in the second.

Tanner Poole struck out swinging, and Hunter Stovall flew out to right field to end the inning, causing the big LSU right-hander to almost spin himself into the ground with a ferocious fist pump. Stovall flied out to rightfield with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth.

Freeman swerved around Lovelady to avoid a collision but missed the plate in the process.

The play stood and the Bulldogs stayed in front 1-0, but that changed the next inning. Hess had a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts. Lange got into a bases loaded jam in the sixth and seventh, but was able to work around trouble time and time again.

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"Zach Watson came through for us with a couple of RBI", Mainieri said. "We looked for it the whole game". "We hit him hard and got him out of there".

Staked to the lead, Lange kicked into a different gear. "He had two pitches going really well to right-handed hitters".

In the sixth inning, MSU loaded the bases with one out on a single by Hunter Vansau and a pair of walks from Josh Lovelady and Luke Alexander. Unfazed, Lange struck out Poole and ended the inning by getting Stovall in a liner to right field. "Alex got some big outs and competed with everything he has".

He pumped a pair of 90 miles per hour fastballs past senior catcher Josh Lovelady - his 123rd and 124th pitches of the evening - then buckled Lovelady's knees with an 0-2 curveball for a called strike three, quickly quieting a suddenly loud Dudy Noble Field.

"Everybody talks about clutch hitting, but there is also such a thing as clutch pitching", Mainieri said. He competed like insane for our team. "We still had 27 more outs to get". "He's going to get a good night's sleep (Thursday night)". Lange threw 125 pitches. He competed his heart out.

Newman got Gridley to keep the leadoff man off base in the 9, walked Rooker and then ended the minor threat with a fielder's-choice ground ball and a strikeout on a sweeping curveball against Brown. The projected first-round draft pick scattered six hits and walked five and improved to 7-5 on the mound. "He did exactly what he's made out of - a competitor who battles and makes you beat him". All eight Tigers hits were singles.LSU stranded nine runners - four in scoring position.

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Game 2 is slated for 6:30 p.m. tonight with freshman right-hander Denver McQuary (2-2, 3.89 ERA) going for Mississippi State while the Tigers send out senior southpaw Jared Poche' (8-3, 3.16).

Lange, LSU shut down MSU 3-1