Mississippi State ties school record with loss to Kentucky
Published 5:10 pm Sunday, March 19, 2023
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mississippi State tied a school record it really wanted no part of.
Kentucky’s Ryan Waldschmidt and Hunter Gilliam both homered during an eight-run sixth inning, and the Wildcats completed a three-game baseball sweep of Mississippi State with a 17-3 run-rule victory on Sunday.
The loss was Mississippi State’s 14th in a row against a Southeastern Conference opponent, and this was the fourth series in a row that it has been swept. The 14-game SEC losing streak ties the school record set by the 2010 team, and is one more than the 1975 squad that lost 13 straight.
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Kentucky (18-2, 3-0 SEC) beat Mississippi State (13-8, 0-3) in Friday’s opener by scoring the winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the 10th inning. After that, the Wildcats simply bludgeoned the Bulldogs.
Kentucky outscored Mississippi State 29-6 in the last two games of the series. It hit five home runs and had 24 hits, while Mississippi State’s pitchers walked 15 batters.
The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Sunday’s finale, but broke it open with another four-spot in the fifth inning and eight runs in the sixth. Waldschmidt was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Gilliam was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Waldschmidt and Gilliam both hit two-run home runs in the sixth inning.
Reuben Church also hit a solo home run and an RBI double, and Jackson Gray went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Clark Kellum was 2-for-4 with a homer, double, two RBIs and two runs scored for Mississippi State. Hunter Hines and Amani Larry also had two hits apiece.
Mississippi State hosts Arkansas State in a midweek game Tuesday at 6 p.m. Its next SEC series start Friday against Vanderbilt, with games at 6, 2 and 1 p.m. next weekend.