Today is a big day on the diamond for the Hogs! The baseball team opens up SEC play with MSU coming to town. Coach Wes Johnson gets to put his pitchers up against his old ball club. Need to start out and win the first series at home to set the pace for the conference season. And the softball team tries to bounce back against Tennessee, after being swept on the road by Bama.
Coach Johnson should be able to give a little scouting report to our hitters on the opposing pitching staff. Hogs need a good start to conference play!
Knight gives up a solo homer in the first, but Bonfield hits a 2 run shot in the bottom of the first to go up 2-1
The LadyHogs get a grand slam in the bottom of the 3rd to go up 4-0 over Tennessee!
Hogs and Dogs both go down in order in the second.
Tennessee gets 2 back against the LadyBacks 4-2
Hogs and Dogs have turned into a pitching duel still 2-1 in the 4th
Lady Backs are still ahead 4-2 going into the sixth.
Crunch time for the Lady Backs. Up 4-3 going into the 7th
As for the Diamond Hogs, Knight is absolutely dealing!!! 9 strikeouts , no walks and 1 hit! He now has 31 Ks and 1 walk on the season.
Make that 10ks!!!
Lady Backs hold off #14 Tennessee 4-3 to win the series opener! WPS
Grant Koch goes yard to extend the lead 3-1, heading to the top of the 7th and both starting pitchers are over 90 pitches. Bullpens will come into play soon.
Blaine Knight sits the Bulldogs down in order in the top of the 7th! He has 11Ks, 3 hits, 0 walks on 103 pitches… nice work young man!!!
Kopps comes in to relieve Knight in the top of the 8th. Kopps has been the Sunday starter for the last few weeks. I would imagine Tacc will move to the Sunday starter.
Kopps faces 3 batters. Gave up one hit and got 1 strikeout. Lee comes in with 2 outs and a man on 1st. Top of the order up.
Lee gets the ground out! Going to the bottom of the 8th
MSU’s starter is dealing as well. Over 120 pitches and has 13Ks including the last 5 Hogs. Top of the 9th and 3 outs to seal the deal. Chadwick now enters the game to try and get the save.
Chadwick strikes out 2 and sits the Bulldogs down in order to get the save…WPS!
Great win for the Hogs tonight. Knight was outstanding and The Hogs continue to lead the SEC in homers. GHG!
Some other SEC finals:
(24) Vanderbilt 0
(16) Ole Miss 1
(17) Texas A&M 0
(8) South Carolina 7
(5) Florida 3