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Mississippi State pitcher JT Ginn throws during the first inning on Friday. 

HOOVER, Ala. JT Ginn retired the first six batters he faced on Friday, four via a strikeout.

But the talented Mississippi State freshman pitcher failed to make it out of the third inning, surrendering four runs in what eventually turned into a 12-2 rout for No. 5 seed LSU.

The game was called after the seventh inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Tigers tacked on seven more runs in the fourth frame against the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ bullpen. It took a mound combination of Tyler Spring, Trysten Barlow and Riley Self to get MSU out of the inning as LSU batted around with six hits, two walks and an error.

The 16th-ranked Tigers (37-23) advance to play top-seeded Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinals today. The third-ranked Diamond Dogs (46-13) were eliminated after a 1-2 showing in Hoover and now await Monday’s NCAA Tournament selection show.

LSU finished with a dozen hits led by Josh Smith, Antoine Duplantis, Daniel Cabrera, Chris Reid and Saul Garza with two hits apiece.

Aaron George (3-1) earned the win with 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief. Starter Clay Moffitt was chased after 2 1/3 innings after giving up two runs on one hit, three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Both of the Bulldogs’ runs came in the bottom of the third with Tanner Allen and Dustin Skelton both delivering RBI singles.

Mississippi State managed six hits led by Rowdey Jordan going 2 for 2 and Skelton going 2 for 3, each with a pair of singles.

Ginn suffered the loss, falling to 8-4. He gave up four earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Spencer Price and Eric Cerantola pitched the final 3 1/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen for the Diamond Dogs.

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