| BSB/SB ⚾ Hitt’s Start Not Enough as Baseball Drops Series Finale with Mississippi State, 8-4

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball welcomes Mississippi State to town for a three-game SEC Western Division series this Thursday through Saturday. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are set for a pair of 6 p.m. CT starts on both Thursday and Friday followed by a 5 p.m. first pitch in the finale. Games one and two of the series will stream live on SEC Network+ with Saturday's contest airing for a national audience on ESPNU.

The Mississippi State series will have a promotion-packed finale on Saturday. Game three will feature the second of five 'SEC Cup Series' giveaways. The first 500 fans can pick up their Mississippi State series cup upon arrival at The Joe.

The series finale will also continue 'Kids' Day at The Joe'. All kids 18-and-under can purchase a $5 general admission ticket. Children will also have the chance to run the bases postgame. Additionally, Saturday will be the Tide's second baseball card giveaway of the 2023 season. The giveaway is part of a season-long promotion highlighting the 2023 roster. Kids can get their pack of cards and stay after the game to get autographs from the group of players featured on this Saturday's set of cards.

Follow the Tide​

Fans can follow the series via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+ (Thursday and Friday) / ESPNU (Saturday)
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / The Varsity App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: RollTide.com

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups​

THURSDAY: UAGarrett McMillan (Sr., RHP) vs. MSU – Cade Smith (Jr., RHP)
FRIDAY: UALuke Holman (So., RHP) vs. MSU – Jurrangelo Cijntje (Fr., BHP)
SATURDAY: UAGrayson Hitt (Jr., LHP) vs. MSU – Landon Gartman (Sr., RHP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball suffered an 8-4 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 23-10 overall and 4-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Things were tied at two apiece after one inning of play with State adding a run in the top of the third. Alabama then took the lead thanks to a two-run home run from Drew Williamson in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams were scoreless through the sixth with a two-run seventh giving Mississippi State the lead once again. The Bulldogs added two more in the eighth and one in the ninth for the series-clinching win.

Grayson Hitt posted a quality start for the Crimson Tide, but it was not enough on Saturday. The junior allowed three runs on four hits and four walks with a career-high nine strikeouts across his 6.0 innings of work. Mississippi State reliever Nate Dohm (4-3) picked up the win while Aidan Moza (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"It was the same story in SEC play for us. We just weren't good enough in the bullpen tonight. Grayson Hitt gave us a good start. We did some good things offensively, and Mississippi State made two amazing defensive plays that saved two runs. We're just obviously having a hard time closing games out."
With today's DH between Kentucky and UGA in the books, here are the updated SEC standings...

SEC East

#4 Vanderbilt11-1.91726-616-36-1
#6 South Carolina9-2.81828-419-17-3
#10 Kentucky9-3.75027-518-19-4
#3 Florida9-3.75027-619-58-1
#11 Tennessee5-7.41722-1020-31-6

SEC West

#5 Arkansas8-4.66725-620-23-3
#1 LSU7-4.63626-520-24-2
Texas A&M5-7.41720-1214-74-4
Mississippi State3-9.25019-1413-82-4
Ole Miss2-10.16718-1313-73-6
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