BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The No. 19 ranked LSU Tigers couldn’t get their offense going on Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium despite out hitting the No. 2 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs five to four, but the Bulldogs did have the advantage where it counted, on the score board by beating the Tigers 3-0.
The pitching staff for the Bulldogs combined for 10 strike outs and allowed five hits to the Tigers and walked only three batters. All of the hits for LSU were singles.
The Tigers (15-5, 0-2 SEC) received a great performance from starting pitcher Landon Marceaux (2-1) who went seven innings, allowing two hits, striking out three batters and allowed one run.
LSU could not capitalize in the first inning with runners on first and third with one out Gavin Dugas would ground into an inning ending double play and seemed to take what little momentum LSU had.
The Bulldogs (16-3, 2-0 SEC) were able to capitalize in the top of the fifth inning when Marceaux led off the inning with a walk one of his few mistakes. That walked batter would later come around to score to give Mississippi State a 1-0 lead.
Mississippi State once again took advantage of mistakes by the Tigers in the top of the eighth inning after another lead off walk came around to score on a RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs would add one more run in the top of the ninth inning when another walked batter came around to score to give Mississippi State a 3-0 lead.
LSU will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday, March 21, first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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