STARKVILLE, Miss. - Loyola Marymount (6-14) scored on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning and held on for a 3-2 win over No. 21 Mississippi State in the final game of their first-ever series at Dudy Noble Field. The win snapped a six-game losing skid for the Lions and ended a run of eight straight wins by Mississippi State (9-2-1)."> STARKVILLE, Miss. - Loyola Marymount (6-14) scored on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning and held on for a 3-2 win over No. 21 Mississippi State in the final game of their first-ever series at Dudy Noble Field. The win snapped a six-game losing skid for the Lions and ended a run of eight straight wins by Mississippi State (9-2-1).">

LMU nips MSU 3-2 in series finale

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01filepicture/leftfieldlounge.jpg" align="left" width="204" height="94"> STARKVILLE, Miss. - Loyola Marymount (6-14) scored on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning and held on for a 3-2 win over No. 21 Mississippi State in the final game of their first-ever series at Dudy Noble Field. The win snapped a six-game losing skid for the Lions and ended a run of eight straight wins by Mississippi State (9-2-1).

Jeff Lacher (0-1), on in relief of MSU starter Joey Collums, struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth before running into problems. Jonathan Oller reached base when his grounder was misplayed by shortstop Matthew Maniscalco. Joshua Whitesell followed with a single to right and Hendricks drew a walk to load the bases. Lacher then walked Joe Frazee, scoring pinch runner Joe Silva and breaking a 2-2 deadlock. It was the second RBI in the game for Frazee, who paced LMU's seven-hit attack with a pair of singles.

The Lions scored a run without a hit in the first inning. Bill Lockin opened the game with a walk, stole second, was sacrificed over the third and scored on Kris Zacuto's sacrifice fly to center field.

Chad Henry and Steve Gendron extended their career-longest hitting streaks to seven games with first inning singles that knotted the score at 1-1.

LMU regained the lead in the fifth when Collums hit Whitesell with a pitch and then gave up consecutive singles to Joseph Hendricks and Frazee.

The Bulldogs rebounded an inning later when Matthew Brinson opened the sixth with a single and scored on Brent Lewis' two-out double to right-center.

Muecke was touched for two runs and seven hits before being replaced in the seventh by Cordova. Cordova worked around a two-out single in the seventh and a walk in the eighth but needed a game-ending double play to notch the win. With one out, Michael Brown and Jon Mungle singled sharply to right. Mungle was retired at second base on Casey Long's infield grounder to shortstop and Brown was caught off the bag at third to end the game.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2
LMU (6-14) 100 010 001 - 3-7-0
MSU (9-2-1) 100 001 000 - 2-10-1
WP - Vincent Cordova (2-1). LP - Jeff Lacher (0-1). HR - none. T - 2:52. ATT - 928 (5583 paid)

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