Kentucky outlasts MSU in 12-innings

Kentucky's Michael Thomas waits for the throw to try and tag a sliding Mississippi State's Derrick Armstrong in the 10th inning. Armstrong was ruled out on a controversial play that would have been the winning run. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

Kentucky’s Michael Thomas waits for the throw to try and tag a sliding Mississippi State’s Derrick Armstrong in the 10th inning. Armstrong was ruled out on a controversial play that would have been the winning run. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

HOOVER, Ala., – Mississippi State’s magic finally ran out in the early morning hours of Friday.

No. 9 seed Kentucky outlasted the Bulldogs 7-6 in 12-innings to remain in the winner’s bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning and walked off victorious on a chopper to short by pinch hitter Zach Arnold ending the four hour, 36-minute affair.

“We really competed hard in this marathon game,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “It comes down to a couple of plays when you’re in these extra-inning deals. I thought we put ourselves in a pretty good position a couple of times but didn’t hit situationally the way that we wanted to.”

The Bulldogs held the lead on four different occasions only to watch UK battle back to tie the score each time.

It was MSU’s first extra-inning loss in eight games this season. The Diamond Dogs dropped to 37-21 overall and fall into the loser’s bracket to face Florida in an elimination game at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday on CSS.

The Wildcats receive a bye until Saturday’s semifinals.

“It’s tough to come away with a loss because that was a big game right there,” said MSU closer Jonathan Holder. “Our defense played their tails off tonight and our offense was great. It just didn’t roll our way this time but I think we battled real well.”

Each team finished with 16 hits in the contest with the Wildcats overcoming four fielding errors. Mississippi State had a runner thrown out at the plate in the 10th and 12th innings.

Matt Reida led UK at the plate going 4-for-6 with two doubles while Gavin Collins paced the Bulldogs with a 4-for-5 performance and an RBI.

Spencer Jack (4-1) picked up the win for the Wildcats tossing four innings of relief allowing no earned runs on four hits and a strikeout. Preston Brown (4-3) took the loss for MSU giving up a run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Cohen mentioned Brown, Brandon Woodruff and Ben Bracewell as potential starting pitchers for Friday. Bracewell and Brown pitched in relief of Ross Mitchell on Thursday.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • Roy Munsun

    Going to be tough, now. Took 5, 32 oz. Cokes to get through that one last night. Dogs gotta rise up and beat those Gators! The Hoover Met is just an awesome venue. Go Dogs!! Go Hogs!

  • Roy Munsun

    State needs to win tonight to better their chance of hosting a regional. Can’t see the sand sharks hosting at Patrick Swayze.

    • TheGiantRebel

      MSU won’t host. There are too many sec teams ahead of them. Doodie No-ball will be quiet.
      However, Ole Miss will host and a win against Arky might push them to a National Seed. If you can’t see that you should open your eyes!

  • Roy Munsun

    Up 6-0 and blow it!! What a complete CHOKE job. Bianco is Swedish for Das Choke!!! That was fun to watch…c’mon Dogs, beat those Gators!!!

    • a name

      CHOkE… 4 of those 5 letters in Cohen… Still proving your ignorance in that and in thinking MSU could host. Betting your dawgs get a looooonnnngggg trip if they even make it to post-season. We’ll enjoy our home host. Maybe his name should be Cohek to make it complete, Karl.

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