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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Michael O'Neal pitched seven shutout innings and Terrance Dedrick pitched out of trouble in the ninth as Auburn beat No. 10 Mississippi State 3-1 at Dudey Noble Field.
O'Neal got the win to improve to 8-2 on the season. Dedrick got the save. Mississippi State avoided its first shutout of the season with a run in the bottom of the ninth and left two on base.
Auburn improved to 24-14 overall and 6-10 in the SEC. Mississippi State fell to 30-10 and 8-8.
The Tigers and Bulldogs will take the field again shortly to finish Thursday night's suspended game. The game will resume with Mississippi State leading 6-3 and batting with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Relief ace Terrance Dedrick is on to pitch for Auburn after O'Neal issues a leadoff walk in the eighth. Great start for O'Neal. Dedrick strikes out the first two hitters and Self makes another terrific play. Auburn leads 3-0 going to the ninth.
O'Neal gives up just his third hit, then gets another double play ball. Despite a blown call by the first base umpire he gets out of it and Auburn leads 3-0 through seven. Umpire said Cooper pulled his foot off the base on a groundball to third. Replay showed it was wrong. Pawlowski asked the umpire to ask for help and he refused. Why do umpires do that?
After retiring 11 straight, O'Neal suddenly loses his control. He walks two and hits one to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. But he induces Wes Rea to hit into a 4-6-3 double play and it's 3-0 through six innings
O'Neal retires the Bulldogs in order again. O'Neal has retired 10 straight and Auburn leads 3-0 through five.
Ryan Tella leads off the fifth with a single, goes to third on Jordan Ebert's single and an error on the right fielder and scores on Wacker's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. With Ebert on third with one out, Cooper and Savage strike out swinging. Auburn leads 3-0. With nine hits in five innings, you'd like to have more than three runs.
Both teams go in order in the fourth. Auburn leads 2-0 going to the fifth.
Michael O'Neal is cruising on the mound. He retires Mississippi State in order in the bottom of the third. Auburn leads 2-0 coming to bat in the top of the fourth.
Auburn takes a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on Patrick Savage's second RBI single. It was Auburn's seventh hit of the game. Savage and Cullen Wacker have two hits apiece.
A terrific play by shortstop Mitchell Self with runners on second and third and two out in the second saves two runs. Auburn still leads 1-0 through two innings.
Mississippi State managed a single but nothing more in the bottom of the first and Auburn leads 1-0 coming to bat in the second inning.
Auburn took advantage of a Mississippi State error to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Cullen Wacker singled with two out and nobody on. Garrett Cooper reached on a throwing error on the third baseman and Patrick Savage drove Wacker home with a line drive single to center.
This post has been edited 16 times, most recently by PhillipMarshall on 4/19/2013 at 8:56 PM
Even though we got out of the bottom of the 7th unscathed, it sounds like the 1st base ump made a terrible call and then refused to check with home... the reverse happened two weeks ago in Auburn... home called our batter out on a check swing and refused to check with 1st (right handed batter). That is nothing short of WRONG! Go get 'em Tigers. Great job so far tonight!
Good news hope we can win this series. We sure need it.
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Thanks for the update, Phillip. One question, is there any way to get an update on the various leaders (offensive and pitching statistics) of the team? Without box scores, it's hard to keep up by individual games, much less for the season.
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