Auburn Shut Out As Tigers Drop Series To MSU

Auburn fell 6-0 to Mississippi State on Saturday to drop the series to the Bulldogs.

Starkville, Miss.--Needing a win to take its third consecutive SEC series, Auburn ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday as Mississippi State starter Jacob Lindgren and reliever Jonathan Holder combined for 14 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Tigers.

With the loss Auburn falls to 24-16 overall and 6-12 in SEC play while Mississippi State improves to 32-10, 10-8.

"(Mississippi State starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren) did an outstanding job," Coach John Pawlowski says. "When you get deep into a count, his slider was pretty good. We stuck out 14 times today. It's disappointing. We talk about the three facets of the game: pitching, offense and defense and I really didn't think we did our best. Early in the game we have to be able to get outs when we can. We have to get better in a lot of different areas."

Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Brett Pirtle RBI single. It then extended the lead to 2-0 in the second as Auburn starter Will Kendall (0-5) uncorked a pair of wild pitches with Nick Ammirati on base, the second allowing him to score from third.

The Bulldogs broke things open in the third, scoring three times to go up 5-0. Justin Camp relieved Kendall with one down and the bases loaded. Coming into the game the right-handed reliever had allowed just two of nine inherited runners to score but the story was different on Saturday as he allowed all three to come home. Trey Porter hit a sac fly and Ammirati singled in two before Camp could get Auburn out of the inning.

Mississippi State added another run in the eighth inning to make the final 6-0 as the Tigers could never get anything going offensively in the loss.

Kendall took the loss for the Tigers, allowing five runs to fall to 0-5 on the season.

Auburn concludes its seven-game road trip next weekend with its first-ever trip to new conference foe Missouri. Game times for the series are 6pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

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