Posted: 11:13 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday night's SEC series opener between Mississippi State and Auburn has been postponed until tomorrow after lightning and heavy downpours hit Starkville hard late this evening. State owned a 6-3 lead when play was called in the bottom of the 7th inning. The game is expected to be resumed and completed FOLLOWING tomorrow night's 6:30 starting second game of the series.
After Auburn got on the board early tonight with a run in the 1st, Wes Rea absolutely mashed a ball to left center field to tie the game up at one in the bottom of the 2nd. State used a three run third inning to take a 4-3 lead, and were able to add two more in the 6th to expand the lead to 6-3.
Honestly, this hasn't been State's best played game recently, as pitching has not been as sharp, nor has MSU's fielding. Auburn has out-hit the Bulldogs nine to five, but four Auburn errors, coupled with five walks and a balk have been enough to help State string runs together and hold the current 6-3 lead.
Also of note: mother nature absolutely robbed Hunter Renfroe of his 14th home run of the season.
On the mound, Luis Pollorena got the nod, but did not have his best stuff tonight, and he was pulled early for Ross Mitchell. Ross pitched three innings before giving way to Jonathan Holder, who recorded the final two outs of the game before the delay was put in place.
The good news is that State has played sluggish, yet still leads 6-3 going in to resumed play tomorrow. The Bulldogs will have a chance to win two games tomorrow now, potentially, and a series, all in one day.
Again, tonight's game will be resumed tomorrow evening following the second game of the series. First pitch for tomorrow night's regularly scheduled game is set for 6:30.