Mississippi State and Texas A&M opened its super regional series with losses Friday as the two SEC hosts lost the first game of the best-of-three series for a spot in the College World Series.
Mississippi State failed to score a run in falling to Arizona 1-0 in Starkville in its opening game of the series. The Bulldogs got a runner to second base in the ninth inning but could not bring him home. Relief pitcher Cameron Ming came in for the final out and struck out Mississippi State’s leading hitter, Jake Mangum, on three pitches.
That was about all the offense Mississippi State could muster against Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec. Dalbec struck out nine and gave up five hits in 8 2/3 innings.
Dakota Hudson was just as strong for Mississippi State, giving up just one run in 6 1/3 innings, a sixth-inning double.
Mississippi State now faces elimination Saturday at Dudy Noble Field at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Texas A&M will also be joining Mississippi State on elimination Saturday.
The Aggies fell to the TCU Horned Frogs on Friday 8-2 behind a three-run home run from Luken Baker in the third inning. That made it 5-2 after Texas A&M answered a two-run first-inning deficit with a two-out, two-run double in the first inning.
That was all Texas A&M could manage offensively.
The Aggies now face elimination too at Blue Bell Park in College Station on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will air on ESPN.