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Number 23 Alabama Baseball suffers a series loss against number 16 Mississippi State

The No. 23 Alabama Crimson Tide (28-18, 9-14) baseball team suffered a series loss to the No. 16 Mississippi State Bulldogs (32-15, 14-9) 8-1 at Dudy Noble Field “The Dude” on Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide’s lineup looked different than usual as the team is dealing with a stomach flu, according to multiple reports. TJ McCants, Evan Sleight and Will Hodo were absent from the match and Gage Miller, Ian Petrutz and Kade Snell left during the match.

Left-handed pitcher Zane Adams started on the mound for the Crimson Tide. In his 5.0 innings, the freshman threw four hits, four runs (three earned), walked three and struck out four. Tyler Fay and Austin Morris emerged from the bullpen.

Alabama’s only run came in the top of the third inning when Max Grant, playing in place of Hodo, hit a solo home run to center field, the first run of the afternoon for both teams.

However, the Bulldogs responded, scoring eight unanswered runs on an RBI single by Bryce Chance and a two-run home run by David Mershon in the third, a sacrifice fly by Amani Larry in the fourth, a pair of RBI singles by Logan Kohler and Johnny Long in the sixth, and a solo home run by Kohler and an RBI double by Chance in the eighth.

Right-handed pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje from Mississippi State started on the mound. The junior threw 7.0 innings, allowing seven hits, one run (earned), and struck out eight on 110 total pitches. Tyler Davis entered the game in relief and pitched the remainder of the game.