San Diego State Loses to Mississippi State

Aztecs have work cut out for them with Louisiana Lafayette - Judy Olinger

The Mississippi State Bulldogs turned an Aztec error into four unearned runs in the second inning and that turned out to be the big difference in a 5-2 loss in front of 3500 fans. That error hurt, of course, but the Aztecs potent lineup could produce only three hits in the game and it's tough to win with that kind of production.

Bulldogs Had Aztecs' Number in Game One

That number was one and, I guess, two. One was for the error that opened the flood gates for the Bulldogs and allowed four unearned runs to score. That's unfortunate enough but it all started with the bases empty and two outs. That's a tough pill to swallow. Losing pitcher Mark Seyler had a decent outing. Other than that one inning, the Aztecs' pitchers did well allowing only one earned run the rest of the game. Bases on balls and errors; yuck!

Mississippi State's Trevor Fitts went 5 innings for the win and was good enough to keep the San Diego State bats at bay as he gave up only 3 hits and 2 earned runs. The real big deal for Mississippi State, in my estimation, was that they were able to keep Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder in reserve. Those two arms at the end of the game are very good and aces to be played in future games. Coaches love being able to stand pat with set up guys and closers. OK, I'll stop with all the poker talk.

The Aztecs now get the unenviable task of shutting down the run-scoring machine two days in a row. I'm talking about UL Lafayette. They lost 1-0 to Jackson State in a hell of a game. The Ragin' Cajuns (one of the best names in college sports) do score runs. The team BA is .316 and they hit 63 home runs. They were the number one team in the country at one time and are the host team. That spells hard work for the Aztecs. Elimination games are always tough as the loser goes home. Stay tuned.

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