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MSU takes series with shutout win

STARKVILLE -- Jacob Lindgren was too much for Auburn Saturday.

The sophomore left-hander struck out 11 in a career-long 8.0 innings allowing five hits and no runs to lead No. 10 Mississippi State to a 6-0 series-clinching win over Auburn Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.

The loss dropped Auburn to 24-16, 6-12 SEC while Mississippi State improved to 32-10, 10-8 SEC.

"(Lindgren) did an outstanding job. When you get deep into a count, his slider was pretty good," Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. "We stuck out 14 times today. It's disappointing. We talk about the three facets of the game: pitching, offense and defense and I really didn't think we did our best. Early in the game we have to be able to get outs when we can. We have to get better in a lot of different areas."

Bulldog reliever Jonathan Holder recorded the last three outs, all via strike out to send Auburn to the series loss.

Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Brett Pirtle RBI single. It then extended the lead to 2-0 in the second as Auburn starter Will Kendall (0-5) uncorked a pair of wild pitches with Nick Ammirati on base, the second allowing him to score from third.

Mississippi State opened the flood gates in the third, scoring three times to go up 5-0. Justin Camp relieved Kendall with one down and the bases loaded. Coming into the game the right-handed reliever had allowed just two of nine inherited runners to score but the story was different on Saturday as he allowed all three to come home. Trey Porter hit a sac fly and Ammirati singled in two before Camp could get Auburn out of the inning.

Camp would settle down after the third, working 3 2/3 innings and not allowing a run on three hits and a walk.

Kendall was charged for all five Mississippi State runs, surrendering five hits and walking two while striking out one in just 2 1/3 innings.

Mississippi State tacked on an eighth-inning run off of Daniel Koger for the final margin.

The game was played in front of 14,562 fans as a part of Super Bulldog Weekend on the Mississippi State campus. It was the second-largest crowd in Dudy Noble Field history, trailing only the 14,991 that watched Mississippi State and Florida play in 1989, and the largest Auburn has ever played in front of.

Auburn concludes its seven-game road trip next weekend with its first-ever trip to new conference foe Missouri. Game times for the series are 6pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

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