HOOVER, Ala. – The saying goes that all good things must come to an end and that was true for the Mississippi State Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs saw their five-game win streak ended as Jerad Grundy and the Kentucky Wildcats won a 5-1 decision in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
“I thought Kentucky really pitched well," MSU baseball coach John Cohen said. " I thought they did a nice job executing their game plan. I think the thing that they did more, we played them in a three-game set last weekend, and they swung and missed a lot more, and we were able to get a bunch of strikeouts. They did a better job, especially with runners on, of just putting balls into play and giving themselves a chance to be successful. They were on a little bit of a mission (Thursday) obviously.”
The day began on a promising note for the Bulldogs as a run was plated in the first inning. Adam Frazier scored on a two-out single from Trey Porter.
“I thought we did a good job of that the first time through the order,” said Frazier, who extended his hit streak to nine games. “We kind of got to him in the first inning with a couple of hits, and after the first time through, he started mixing in that cutter, slider a lot. I don’t think we made an adjustment to it. He did a good job of locating it in and out of the zone. He did a good job (Thursday).”
As Frazier alluded to, State didn’t really threaten Grundy or the Wildcats the rest of the afternoon.
“Mentally, we were a little bit tired and not as locked in as I wanted us to be today,” said Cohen. “Our mission right now is to put that in the rearview mirror and move forward and get ready to play a very good LSU team (today) at 3.”
Kendall Graveman fell to 4-4 this season after going just 2 1/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits.
Hunter Renfroe was the only Bulldog with a multi-hit afternoon going 2-for-4 at the plate.
“The bottom line is our pitching’s going to come through for us,” Renfroe said. “We have some of the best pitchers in the NCAA. Our hitting has to come around. We have to hit some balls hard, get some gaps, and we have to move runners. That’s the bottom line.”