By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – What was billed as Super Bulldog Weekend proved to be anything but for Mississippi State’s baseball team.
The Bulldogs were outscored 18-9 by No. 6 Florida on the weekend with the Gators completing a three-game sweep with a 10-5 victory on Sunday.
It is the first time MSU has been swept this season and first at Dudy Noble Field since 2010.
“It’s really unfortunate on Super Bulldog Weekend with good weather and nice crowds that some things didn’t happen for us,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “But we still have a lot left in the season and I know everyone of our players is going to give us everything they have.”
His team battled back from a 3-0 deficit with a two-run homer by Gavin Collins in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Gridley in the fifth.
But just as the momentum began to shift, Florida quieted the home crowd by scoring four runs in the sixth off five State pitchers.
The Gators (31-10, 12-6 SEC) had a dozen hits including a 4-for-5 afternoon by Peter Alonso. The sophomore first baseman belted a double and two homers and finished with four RBIs.
Winner Taylor Lewis (2-1) pitched the final 42⁄3 innings of relief.
Mississippi State (22-19, 6-12 SEC) had nine hits with Wes Rea going 2-for-4 and driving in a pair.
‘Not that far’
“We’re doing some things well, it’s just not in sequence and we’re not able to put together some big innings,” Cohen said. “I still believe we're not that far away.”
Austin Sexton (3-4) took the loss after being tagged for five runs in 51⁄3 innings.
The Bulldogs hit the road for three of their final four SECseries, beginning at Arkansas on Friday.