Rain Halts MSU vs USC Game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Persistent rain Friday night forced the suspension of Mississippi State's series-opening game against South Carolina, with the Gamecocks holding a 2-0 lead after six innings. The game will be resumed at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday at Sarge Frye Field, with game two of the series to follow the resumed game by 30 minutes.

USC (23-14, 7-8 SEC) plated single runs in the first and second innings and put a runner in scoring position in five of the six innings off MSU starter Paul Maholm.

Steven Tolleson and Brian Buscher singled and Landon powell delivered a sacrifice fly to right to give South Carolina a 1-0 lead in the first. USC picked up another run on three singles, a walk and an outfield fielding error to lead 2-0 in the second. The Gamecocks loaded the bases in the third but failed to score when Maholm ended the rally with a pair of strikeouts. Maholm matched a season-high with nine strikeouts and set the Gamecocks down in order for the first time of the evening in the sixth inning.

USC starter Steven Bondurant allowed just two base runners on two hits through the first five frames. Jon Mungle opened the sixth with a single and Steve Gendron looped a one-out single into center field to give State its best scoring opportunity of the game. But Bondurant struck out Brad Corley and Craig Tatum's line drive was snared in left field to end the MSU threat.

Rain, which peppered Columbia for most of the day Friday, returned in the second inning of Friday's game, eventually forcing the game's suspension at the end of the sixth inning.

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