LIVE BASEBALL UPDATES: MSU vs. Tennessee at the SEC Tournament (Thursday, 5-27-21)

The Bulldogs and Volunteers face off in an elimination game in Hoover.
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One of the top three seeds in Hoover is going home on Thursday.

Third-seeded Mississippi State meets up with No. 2 seed Tennessee in an elimination game at the Southeastern Conference Tournament. MSU lost 13-1 to Florida and Tennessee fell 3-2 in extra innings to Alabama on Wednesday to set up Thursday's win-or-go-home matchup. First pitch at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium is set for 9:30 a.m. central.

You can find the latest score and live play-by-play updates of Thursday's game right here on Cowbell Corner. Again, first pitch is set for around 9:30 a.m. central and live updates will begin then.

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Here are your starting lineups:

No. 8 Mississippi State Bulldogs (40-14)

  1. Rowdey Jordan - CF
  2. Tanner Allen - RF
  3. Logan Tanner - C
  4. Luke Hancock - 1B
  5. Kamren James - 3B
  6. Scotty Dubrule - 2B
  7. Kellum Clark - DH
  8. Lane Forsythe - SS
  9. Brayland Skinner - LF

Christian MacLeod - P

No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (42-15)

  1. Liam Spence - SS
  2. Max Ferguson - 2B
  3. Jake Rucker - 3B
  4. Drew Gilbert - CF
  5. Evan Russell - LF
  6. Luc Lipcius - 1B
  7. Jordan Beck - RF
  8. Pete Derkay - DH
  9. Connor Pavolony - C

Chad Dallas - P

Alright, let's play ball!

TOP of 1 - MSU batting

-Jordan pops out to second. One out.

- Allen lines out to first. Two outs.

- Tanner pops out to first. Inning over.

- MID 1 - MSU 0, Tennessee 0

BOTTOM of 1 - Tennessee batting

- Spence grounds out to short. One out.

- Ferguson strikes out looking. Two outs.

- Rucker flies out to right. Inning over.

- END of 1 - MSU 0, Tennessee 0

TOP of 2 - MSU batting

- Hancock grounds out to first. One out.

- James with a shot up the middle, bounces off the pitcher and into right field for a single. Runner at first, one out.

- Dubrule grounds to first and it's a fielder's choice as Tennessee throws to second. James is forced out at second. Dubrule is safe at first. Runner at first, two outs.

- Clark flies out to left. Inning over.

- MID 2 - MSU 0, Tennessee 0

BOTTOM of 2 - Tennessee batting

- Gilbert pops out to left. One out.

- Russell walks. Runner at first, one out.

- Lipcius hit by a pitch. Russell moves up to second. Runners at first and second, one out.

- Beck flies out to center. Two outs, runners at first and second.

- Derkay three-run homer to right-center. Tennessee takes a 3-0 lead.

- Pavolony doubles to left. Runner at second, two outs.

- Spence RBI single to center. Pavolony scores. Tennessee leads 4-0. Runner at first, two outs.

- Ferguson pops out to short. Inning over.

- END of 2 - Tennessee 4, MSU 0

TOP of 3 - MSU batting

- Forsythe walks. Runner at first, no outs.

- Skinner grounds to first. It's a fielder's choice as the throw goes to second and Forsythe is forced out. Skinner safe at first. Runner at first, one out.

- Jordan singles to center. Skinner advances to second. Runners at first and second, one out.

- Allen lines an RBI single to left. Skinner scores. Score is now Tennessee 4, MSU 1. Jordan gets to third. Runners at first and third, one out.

- Tanner strikes out swinging. Two outs, runners still at first and third.

- Hancock hit by a pitch. That moves Allen up to second. Jordan still at third. Bases loaded, two outs.

- James strikes out swinging. Inning over.

- MID 3 - Tennessee 4, MSU 1

BOTTOM of 3 - Tennessee batting

- Josh Hatcher now playing first base for MSU, in place of Hancock (appeared Hancock was hurting after getting hit by pitch in Top of 3).

- Rucker struck out swinging. One out.

- Gilbert struck out swinging. Two outs.

- Russell grounds to short. Great diving stop by MSU SS Forsythe, but low throw to first and MSU 1B Hatcher can't handle it. Russell reaches. Ruled a single. Runner at first, two outs.

- Russell tries to steal second. He leaves early, MacLeod throws over to first and the Bulldogs get Russell out at second. Inning over.

- END of 3 - Tennessee 4, MSU 1

TOP of 4 - MSU batting

- Dubrule singles to center. Runner at first, no outs.

- Clark grounds one sharply to first. Tennesee first baseman steps on the bag and throws to second to get Dubrule too. Double play. Two outs, bases empty.

- Forsythe flies out to center. Inning over.

- MID 4 - Tennessee 4, MSU 1

BOTTOM of 4 - Tennessee batting

- Lipcius struck out swinging. One out.

- Beck solo home run to right-center. Tennessee now leads 5-1.

- Derkay grounds out to second. Two outs.

- Pavolony grounds out to short. Inning over.

- END of 4 - Tennessee 5, MSU 1

TOP of 5 - MSU batting

- Skinner flied out to center. One out.

- Jordan popped out to second. Two outs.

- Allen grounds out to second. Inning over.

- MID 5 - Tennessee 5, MSU 1

BOTTOM of 5 - Tennessee batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Will Bednar now pitching.

- Spence singles to right. Runner at first, no outs.

- Ferguson singles up the middle. Spence gets to second. Runners at first and second, no outs.

- Rucker struck out swinging. One out, runners at first and second.

- Gilbert RBI single to right. Spence scores. Tennessee now leads 6-1. Ferguson moves up to third. Runners at first and third, one out.

- Russell struck out swinging. Runners at first and third, two outs.

- Gilbert steals second. Throw to second gets away and Ferguson comes home to score on the play. Tennessee now leads 7-1. Runner at second, two outs.

- Lipcius pops out to left. Inning over. 

- END of 5 - Tennessee 7, MSU 1

TOP of 6 - MSU batting

- Tanner grounds one up the middle. Great diving stop by the Tennessee SS Spence, but it's an infield single for Tanner. Runner at first, no outs.

- Hatcher flies out to left. Runner at first, one out.

- James flied out to right. Runner at first, two outs.

- Dubrule singles to left. Tanner moves up to second. Runners at first and second, two outs.

- Clark grounds out to second. Inning over.

- MID 6 - Tennessee 7, MSU 1

BOTTOM of 6 - Tennessee batting

- Beck struck out swinging. One out.

- Derkay struck out swinging. Two outs.

- Pavolony walks. Runner at first, two outs.

- Spence singles to right-center. Pavolony advances to third. Runners at first and third, two outs.

- Ferguson RBI single to right. Pavolony scores. Tennessee now leads 8-1. Spence moves up to second, Runners at first and second, two outs.

- Rucker flies out to deep left. Inning over.

- END of 6 - Tennessee 8, MSU 1

TOP of 7 - MSU batting

- Forsythe grounds out to second. One out.

- Skinner grounds out to first. Two outs.

- Tennessee to the bullpen. Redmond Walsh now pitching.

- Jordan doubles to left field. Runner at second, two outs.

- Allen grounds out to the pitcher. Inning over.

- MID 7 - Tennessee 8, MSU 1

BOTTOM of 7 - Tennessee batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Stone Simmons pitching.

- Gilbert grounds out to first. One out.

- Russell grounds out to third. Two outs.

- Lipcius grounds out to second. Inning over.

- END of 7 - Tennessee 8, MSU 1

TOP of 8 - MSU batting

- Tanner walks. Runner at first, no outs.

- Hatcher singles to right-center. Tanner gets up to third. Runners at first and third, no outs.

- James grounds one to second. Fielder's choice and RBI. Tanner scores to make the score Tennessee 8, MSU 2. Hatcher gets thrown out at second, James reaches at first. Runner at first, one out.

- Dubrule grounds to second and it's a double play (4-6-3). Inning over.

- MID 8 - Tennessee 8, MSU 2

BOTTOM of 8 - Tennessee batting

- MSU to the bullpen. Landon Sims on to pitch.

- Beck singles to center. Runner at first, no outs.

- Derkay singles to center. Runners at first and second, no outs.

- Pavolony singles to left. Bases loaded, no outs.

- Spence walks and that forces in a run. Tennessee now leads 9-2. Bases still loaded, no outs.

- Ferguson 2-run double down the RF line. Tennessee now leads 11-2. Runners at second and third, no outs. 

- Gilbert RBI single to right. Ballgame. (10-run rule in effect for SEC Tournament)

FINAL: Tennessee 12, Mississippi State 2

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