Instant Analysis: LSU baseball drops series, run-ruled by Mississippi State in Game 3

Mississippi State run-ruled LSU 15-5 in Game 3 on Sunday to take the opening series of SEC play.

Game 3 started badly for LSU and it only got worse as the game went on. Thatcher Hurd got the start on the mound and the Bulldogs scored three runs against him in the first inning before it mercifully came to an end.

In the top of the fifth inning, Michael Braswell III hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1 State. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks followed that to tie the game 3-3.

It looked as if the Tigers had hope and were right back in the game, but in the bottom of the inning, Hurd gave up a three-run bomb and a solo shot to give Mississippi State a 7-3 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Tommy White got half of those runs back with a two-run shot of his own to cut the lead to 7-5.

That is when the wheels fell off for LSU. The Bulldogs scored five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 12-5. All of those runs were charged to Christian Little. Little was pulled from the game after giving up five runs on three hits, two strikeouts and two walks in 0.2 innings.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mississippi State scored three more runs to take a 15-5 lead and end the game via run-rule victory.

LSU suffered their first conference series loss since last May when the Tigers dropped two out of three games to Mississippi State. LSU will be back in action on Tuesday as the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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