MSU rallies past Georgia
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:00 PM
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State had been waiting for an inning similar to the sixth inning Tuesday night.
The tenth inning was not half bad either.
Pinch-hitter Wes Rea cranked a massive two-run double in the sixth inning to give the Bulldogs a lead but victory was not assured until Georgia threw away Jake Vickerson's bunt attempt to score the game-winning run in the tenth inning.
MSU improved to 7-0 in extra-inning games with a 5-4 win over Georgia in the final game of the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
The Bulldogs advanced to the eight-team double-elimination portion of the bracket. No. 5 seed MSU (36-20) was set to face No. 4 seed South Carolina (42-14) in a second-round tournament game Wednesday night.
MSU won its tournament opener for a third straight season. The Bulldogs are 9-4 in this event under head coach John Cohen. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks meet Wednesday for the first time this season, while MSU finishes the season with three victories in four tries against Georgia.
While Rea had a critical hit Tuesday night, the game's biggest storyline was junior left-handed pitcher Lucas Laster.
Laster pitched a career-high 8.1 innings.