STARKVILLE • LSU is still the boss at Dudy Noble Field.
An 11-2 loss Saturday afternoon to the No. 17 Tigers extended Mississippi State’s streak of failing to win a home series against LSU to 16 years.
MSU’s (24-5, 5-4 SEC) next game is home against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
After third baseman Justin Foscue’s home run in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s game, a 6-5 Bulldogs’ victory, LSU (19-9, 6-3 SEC) outscored the home team 24-7.
The MSU fielders continued to struggle, committing three errors on Saturday and seven errors in the weekend series.
Outfielder Jake Mangum said the team must get better all over the field.
“That is not what this program is, Mississippi State is known for turning the most double plays in the country almost every year,” Mangum said. “We all have something we have to do better, it is not any single position, it is every spot on the field.”
Starting pitcher Peyton Plumlee (1-1) got the loss in two innings pitched, giving up just one run. Of the seven pitchers MSU used, Trysten Barlow was the only one not to give up a run.
Coach Chris Lemonis said his squad has to figure out their Game 3 pitching plan.
“We have talented guys, we just have to get some guys to pitch a little better,” Lemonis said.
The Bulldogs were unable to string together any hits on Saturday. They totaled 10 hits over the course of the game, but four of those came in the ninth. From the third to the eighth innings, MSU went 13 straight batters without putting someone on base and went 16 straight batters without a hit.
Hunter now the hunted
Mangum said the team fed off everyone doubting them last year, but they have not adjusted to having the target on their backs this year.
“Last year we fed off of people thinking that we suck,” Mangum said. “This year everyone has been patting us on the back, No. 2 team in the country, and we got to understand that we have to play better in every part of the game. We have to turn around, have a good practice and get ready for ULM.”
The Bulldogs will visit Tennessee for a Friday-Sunday weekend series.