Posted: 12:21 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013
Mississippi State scored at least once in each of the first three innings, and Jacob Lindgren quietly cruised to a fantastic 11-strikeout day, as State took the series from Auburn with a 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon in Starkville. The win moved MSU to 32-10 (10-8 SEC), while Auburn fell to 24-16 (6-12 SEC).
Offensively, State used a balanced attack against Auburn, as all but two hitters in the lineup had at least one hit a piece. Catcher Nick Ammirati paced State with a 2-for-3 day while providing two RBI's on a two run single in the third inning.
On the mound, I have to say I was impressed by Lindgren's outing much more when I looked at the stat sheet after the game. Watching him in the stands today, it felt at times as if he just didn't have his best stuff. He went deep in numerous counts, and it felt like he walked more batters than he did. But at the end of the day? Lindgren's numbers were dazzling, as he walked just two while striking out 11 in an eight inning outing that would earn him his fourth win of the season. My hat's off to him - he pitched marvelously, and when I found myself doubting his still being in the game, he worked his way out of jams, and pitched possibly his best game of the year.
I can't say enough about how lucky I feel as a fan to have been on hand today. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the place was packed, although I'm not sold on the 14,562 number for today's attendance. I believe there were a ton of people there today, sure, but if there were 14,562 there today, then there must've been 16,000 at the 2007 super regional game against Clemson that sent State to our last College World Series. What's a more likely scenario is that there were that many people at today's game, and Templeton sandbagged a few thousand on us back in 2007. Either way, it was a cool atmosphere today, and one I'm glad I was able to be a part of. What's even more exciting is the thought that today's feat was accomplished against a middle of the pack SEC foe. Sure, it was Super Bulldog Weekend, and that was what drew the large number in, but if State is able to finish strong and host a regional and/or super regional this year? Wow - I have to think that there's a good chance that 24 year old record (that we hold) goes down this year.