Auburn Trailing MSU 6-3 In Suspended Game

Conner Kendrick

Auburn trails Mississippi State 6-3 in the seventh inning as the Thursday night game was suspended because of weather.

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.

Unlike many games this season the Tigers actually got the early lead as Ryan Tella singled to lead off against Mississippi State starter Luis Pollorena. With one out the speedy center fielder stole second to move into scoring position for Cullen Wacker and it proved to be a big play as the left fielder sliced a single into the outfield to make it 1-0 Tigers.

With one swing of the bat the Bulldogs would tie the game in the second inning as former Division 1 offensive tackle prospect Wes Rea launched a solo homer in the stands in left field off Conner Kendrick. The blast was his fourth of the season and brought Mississippi State back even with Auburn, but the Tigers answered back in the third.

Walking to lead off the inning, right fielder Hunter Kelley went from first and third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by shortstop Mitchell Self. Up with a chance to keep the rally going, Tella struck out but an errant throw to second base trying to catch a stealing Self allowed Kelley to score from third and put Auburn back in front.

Following a Wacker hit-by-pitch with two outs to put runners on first and second, Garrett Cooper got an inside pitch and turned on it for a double down the left field line. The blast scored Self from second to make it a two-run lead for Kendrick to work with.

Unfortunately for Kendrick and the Tigers, the bottom of the inning turned into a shop of horrors. It started innocently enough with a walk Demarcus Henderson to bring shortstop Adam Frazier to the plate. Getting a ground ball to Cooper at first, Kendrick looked like he would get out number one, but his throw to second base glanced off Henderson's helmet and into left field. The error put runners on first and second with nobody out and seemed to put Auburn in a funk.

After getting a fly ball for out number one, Kendrick walked Hunter Renfroe to load the bases and followed that with a walk to Brett Pirtle to force home a run. A Rea fly ball added the second run of the inning and when C.T. Bradford singled home Renfroe it was suddenly 4-3 Mississippi State thanks to three unearned runs.

Auburn had chances to score in both the fourth and fifth with two runners on base in each inning, but Mississippi State reliever Ross Mitchell got out of each jam to keep the Bulldogs in front. The Bulldogs then added to their lead in the sixth inning as Auburn reliever Trey Cochran-Gill balked in a run and then gave up a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.

Kendrick was touched 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.

Pollorena lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks before turning things over to 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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