April 18, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Thursday night's Auburn at No. 10 Mississippi State baseball game was suspended due to rain and lightning with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and Auburn trailing 6-3. The game will resume following the originally scheduled 6:30pm Friday night game, which will air live on CSS.
Auburn took an early lead but was doomed by errors once again, committing four errors in the first six-plus innings that led to four unearned runs and the three-run deficit.
Cullen Wacker was 3-for-3 with a RBI in the first seven frames for Auburn, which had nine hits off the Mississippi State pitching staff before the suspension.
Ryan Tella stole his 12th base of the year after leading off the game with a single and came around to score on a Wacker RBI single to left for a 1-0 lead in the first.
Wes Rea's fourth home run of the year tied it at 1-1 in the second. The home run was just the second allowed by Auburn starter Conner Kendrick in 43 innings of work.
Auburn went up 3-1 with a two-run third. Hunter Kelley walked and went to third on a successful hit-and-run with Mitchell Self in the batter's box. Self then stole second, the first of his four-year career, and on the play the throw down to second went into the outfield, allowing Kelley to score. Garrett Cooper then drove in Self with his 10th double down of the year, this one down the left field line.
Mississippi State answered with three unearned runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-3. Demarcus Henderson walked to start the inning and then made it to second when Cooper's throw on an Adam Frazier groundball hit off Henderson's helmet, putting two aboard. Back-to-back one-out walks to Hunter Renfroe and Brett Pirtle brought in the first run of the inning and a Wes Rea sac fly to right tied it. C.T. Bradford's single, Mississippi State's first hit of the inning, scored Renfroe with the go-ahead run.
Mississippi State padded the lead in the sixth as reliever Trey Cochran-Gill balked in a run with the bases loaded and then surrendered a sac fly to Adam Frazier.
Kendrick was tagged for six runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking four while striking out three. He would take the loss should Auburn fail to come-from-behind when the game is resumed.
Mississippi State starter Luis Pollorena lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks before turning things over to Ross Mitchell. Mitchell got an inning-ending double play in the fourth and then worked three innings, keeping Auburn out of the run column while surrendering four hits and a walk.
Cochran-Gill was on the mound for Auburn when the game was suspended while Jonathan Holder was the Mississippi State pitcher.
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