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SEC Tournament: Mississippi St. Defeats LSU, 3-2

Mississippi State upset LSU on Wednesday afternoon in the SEC Baseball Tournament, defeating the top-seeded Tigers 3-2.

Chris Stratton started for Mississippi State, and lasted six innings while picking up the win. Stratton allowed two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out eight.

Caleb Reed and Jonathan Holder came on in relief of Stratton -- and neither allowed a base runner. Reed pitched two scoreless innings while striking out one, and Holder struck out two in the ninth to pick up the save.

With the game tied at two in the sixth, Mitch Slauter doubled to put himself in scoring position, before Demarcus Henderson roped a single to right-center field, scoring Slauter and giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.

Mason Katz accounted for both of Louisiana State's runs, as he lashed a two-out single into left field in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. Unfortunately for Katz and the Tigers, LSU would not score again in the contest.

LSU, the top-seed in the tournament, will now face Ole Miss in an elimination game on Thursday morning, at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Mississippi State, meanwhile, advances to face Kentucky on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 30 minutes after the completion of the Ole Miss/LSU game.

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