No. 16 MSU defeats Alabama
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The No. 16 Bulldogs erased a 3-0 deficit to win the opening game of Friday's doubleheader against Alabama 4-3.
MSU scored once in the third inning, twice in the fourth inning and once in the fifth inning before turning things over to the bullpen.
Cole Gordon drew the start and worked three innings. Gordon allowed three hits and three runs (all earned), with four strikeouts and four walks.
Peyton Plumlee (5-1) was then dominant, while earning the win. Plumlee faced 12 batters over 3.1 innings of work, allowing two hits and no runs, with two strikeouts and no walks.
Trysten Barlow walked his lone batter, before Riley Self struck out four in 1.2 innings of work to earn his first save of the season.
The Bulldogs finished with 12 hits and stranded 13 base runners. Cody Brown had three hits, while Tanner Poole, Hunter Stovall and Jake Mangum each had two hits.
MSU got on the board in the third inning when Brent Rooker hit a two-out double and scored on a single by Ryan Gridley. An inning later, the Bulldogs tied things up with RBI-singles by Stovall and Mangum.
In the fifth inning, Cody Brown singled, stole second and scored the eventual game-winner when Josh Lovelady laced a double just inside the left field foul line.
Alabama got all five of its hits from two spots in the lineup. Chandler Taylor had three hits, while Cody Henry had two hits. Starting pitcher Nick Eicholtz (1-1) was lifted with one out in the fifth inning and took the loss.