||MSU wins in 17 innings at SEC Tournament
HOOVER, Ala. (WTVA/SEC) — Mississippi State’s Mitch Slauter drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 17th inning early Wednesday morning to lead the fifth-seeded Bulldogs to a thrilling 2-1 win against 12th-seeded Missouri in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
The Bulldogs (41-16) advance to play fourth-seeded South Carolina (39-16) in the fourth game on Wednesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Will Cox, the sixth and final Mississippi State pitcher to see action in the game, picked up the win, working 3.0 innings in relief, giving up one hit and striking out two in 10 batters faced.
Missouri struck first in the third inning as Brannon Champagne singled up the middle with one out, advanced to both second and third on wild pitches and scored on an error.
Mississippi State evened things up in the bottom of the fifth as Derrick Armstrong singled up the middle and was later driven in by Hunter Renfroe.
In the bottom of the 17th inning, Wes Rea walked to open the inning and Kyle Hann came in to pinch run. He was driven in by Slauter’s two-out RBI single.
Missouri (18-32) was eliminated from the tournament as part of a new 12-team format that features a single-elimination opening day.