From USC Sports Information
Starkville, MS --- After 12th-ranked South Carolina rallied from three runs down to tie the game in the fourth inning, 13th-ranked Mississippi State scored twice in the ninth inning with RBI base hits from Wes Rea and DeMarcus Henderson as the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 5-3 in SEC Tournament action on Wednesday night.
Mississippi State is 42-16 on the year with South Carolina falling to 39-17 on the year.
South Carolina will face No. 1 Vanderbilt in an elimination game on Thursday beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 10:30 a.m. ET contest.
Tied 3-3 entering the top of the 9th, Adam Frazier led off with a base hit for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs then put a pair of runners on base with no outs. Alex Detz knocked a grounder up the middle on a hit and run attempt. Gamecock shortstop Joey Pankake went to field the ball but fell while fielding and could get neither the runner at second or at first. With one out, Brett Pirtle drew a walk by Adam Westmoreland to load the bases.
With left-hander Tyler Webb into the game, Wes Rea knocked a 0-1 pitch into right field for a base hit scoring Frazier. After Demarcus Henderson failed on his squeeze attempt allowing the Gamecocks to tag Detz for the second out, Henderson made up for his mistake with a RBI base hit scoring Pirtle.
Westmoreland suffered the loss and is now 7-2 on the year. He allowed two runs on two hits in two innings with a walk and two strikeouts. MSU reliever Myles Gentry worked 5.2 scoreless innings with just three hits and three walks allowed and struck out eight batters to earn the win. He is 4-0 for the season.
Rea was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Henderson 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead MSU at the plate.
Brison Celek went 1-for-3 with two RBI to lead Carolina at the plate.