LSU Baseball Report

For Immediate Release – March 19, 2021

MISSISSIPPI STATE POSTS 6-1 WIN OVER LSU IN SEC OPENER


BATON ROUGE, La. – Left-hander Christian MacLeod limited LSU to one run in six innings Friday night, and leftfielder Brayland Skinner drove in three runs as No. 2 Mississippi State posted a 6-1 win over the 10th-ranked Tigers in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU is 15-4 overall, 0-1 in the SEC, and Mississippi State improved to 15-3 overall, 1-0 in conference play.

MacLeod (2-1) allowed one run on three hits in six innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. MSU reliever Brandon Smith earned his first save of the season, firing three scoreless innings and allowing one hit with three strikeouts.

LSU starting pitcher Jaden Hill (2-2) was charged with the loss, as he worked a career-high 7.1 innings, and allowed six runs on nine hits with two waks and two strikeouts.

“I thought overall it was a well-played game by both teams,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Both starting pitchers were really good; I thought Jaden competed hard and did a lot of great things, and the relief pitching on both sides was good as well.

“MacLeod’s got unbelievable numbers, and you can see why. He’s a crafty guy who mixes all three pitches well and keeps hitters off balance. When the wind is blowing in the way it was tonight, it’s hard for your hitters to be confident, because even if you crush a ball you know it’s not going to go anywhere in the wind. But that’s no excuse, we’ve got to hit better, so we’ll turn the page and come out ready for tomorrow.”

Mississippi State broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, as Skinner belted a two-run homer, his first of the season.

LSU cut the deficit in half in the sixth on leftfielder Gavin Dugas’ RBI double, but the Bulldogs increased their lead to 3-1 in the seventh, as Skinner delivered an RBI single.

Mississippi State expanded its advantage to 6-1 in the eighth when catcher Logan Tanner produced a two-run single, and shortstop Lane Forsythe collected an RBI with an infield single.

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Hurricane Mike35 months
How many homeruns did they hit? Do they still lead the nation?
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Bucktail135 months
Just fire this fricking clown and get it over with so we can move on
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GoneFishing2135 months
We are 15-4
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cheeto22535 months
@fishing....and needed how many last at bat ties or comebacks? We should be 10-9 with pawls coaching.
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GoneFishing2135 months
@cheeto....interesting. So he coached them to deficits, but not to the wins. 10-9? Okay sure.
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ByUselves35 months
Pawl still has the knack for leaving pitchers in a batter or two, too long. Some things never change.
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GoneFishing2135 months
We have to score more than one run either way.
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soccerfüt35 months
“I thought overall it was a well-played game by both teams,” said Paul Mainieri. SMDH A 6-1 Loss?
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GoneFishing2135 months
If you watched the video he was referring to defense and pitching. He said that we didn’t hit well.
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cheeto22535 months
@fishing....what pitching? It was 6-1 !
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GoneFishing2135 months
So you don’t watch the game? You just throw out the final score and act like the pitching was awful?
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Mainieri blows.
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deuce98535 months
Fire Pawl
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rob6235 months
Most of us saw this coming and honestly LSU will be lucky to win 1 game this weekend.
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coolieaux35 months
Pawl ball - commitment to mediocrity
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