STARKVILLE, MISS. (USC SID)- After 12th ranked South Carolina built a 4-1 lead, 16th ranked Mississippi State struck with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning including a two-out bases loaded walk to Brett Pirtle that scored Nick Ammirati as the Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks 5-4 on Thursday night in a game one of a three-game SEC series. The Gamecocks are now 38-15 and 16-11 in the SEC.
With Carolina ahead 4-1 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bulldogs mounted a rally beginning with a leadoff homer by Wes Rea to cut the Gamecocks lead to a pair of runs.
After fouling off a pair of 0-2 pitches, Nick Ammirati lifted a RBI base hit into left-center scoring Bradford and cutting the Gamecock lead to one run.
A rare walk from Tyler Webb to Pirtle allowed Ammirati to score and give MSU a 5-4 lead. Despite a leadoff walk to Max Schrock in the top of the ninth inning, MSU closer Jonathan Holder retired the next three batters he faced to give the Bulldogs a one-run victory.
The series continues on Friday with the second game of the series scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.