MSU Baseball Drops Series Finale To Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – Mississippi State's offensive struggles continued Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs dropped a 4-1 Southeastern Conference baseball decision to Georgia at UGA's Foley Field.

The victory allowed Georgia to complete a three-game sweep from the SEC's other group of Bulldogs. With the three victories, Georgia improved to 14-14 overall and 6-3 in conference play, while MSU fell to 19-9 and 4-5.

"The bottom line is we have to a better job of putting the ball in play," MSU third baseman Jarrod Parks said. "We pitched well enough to win all three games this weekend. However, it seemed like they were catching some breaks with some balls falling in for hits and we weren't."

MSU managed only five total runs in the series. The Bulldogs collected only 19 hits and stranded 20 base runners in the weekend activity. Georgia only managed 12 total runs on the weekend – scoring four times in each of the victories. The homestanding Bulldogs scored eight of their 12 runs via the long ball, while MSU did not hit a home run in the series.

Georgia took the lead for good all three days on the home run ball. Sunday afternoon, Brett DeLoach touched MSU starting pitcher Nick Routt for a two-run home run in the home half of the fourth inning. That home run – DeLoach's second of the year – erased an early 1-0 lead by the guests.

MSU grabbed a 1-0 lead by scoring its lone run in the second inning. Jonathan Ogden led off the inning with an infield bunt single. C.T. Bradford was hit by a pitch. Taylor Stark followed with a sacrifice-bunt moving both runners into scoring position. However, MSU only tallied once on a ground ball out by Adam Frazier.

Working with a pitch count, Routt (0-1) was lifted after DeLoach's home run. Routt worked 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and two runs (both earned), with two strikeouts and two walks. A total of eight pitchers wound up throwing for the Bulldogs.

For Georgia, Craig Gullickson (3-1) worked 5.2 innings to garner the win. Gullickson allowed six hits and one run (earned), with three strikeouts and two walks. Blake Dietrich followed before giving way to Tyler Maloof, who earned his third save of the weekend and 11th save for the season.

For the weekend, MSU pitching posted a 4.50 ERA. In 24 innings of work, MSU pitching allowed 22 hits and 12 runs (all earned), with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks. Defensively, the Bulldogs were charged with one error – on a dropped third strike Saturday. However, offensively, MSU collected only 2 hits in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The Maroon and White finished with eight hits Sunday. Parks was the lone multi-hitter with two singles.

Georgia finished with nine hits, including a three-hit day by Brandon Stephens.

MSU remains on the road for a Tuesday night contest with in-state rival Southern Mississippi. The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles meet at 6:30 p.m. at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Conference play resumes next weekend when Florida comes to town for Super Bulldog Weekend.

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