Mississippi State

Pilkington, No. 3 Mississippi State sweep Auburn

Konnor Pilkington
Konnor Pilkington

AUBURN-- Former East Central standout Konnor Pilkington threw six innings and struck out four as third-ranked Mississippi State clobbered Auburn 10-3 on Sunday at Plainsman Park.

MSU (37-14-1, 18-9 SEC) has won seventh straight, hitting three homers.

MSU finished with 13 hits. It was the first time in a conference series this season the Bulldogs had 10 or more hits in all three games. For the weekend, MSU scored 30 runs on 45 hits with a .372 clip.

Jack Kruger and Nathaniel Lowe each had three hits. Gavin Collins had two hits. Lowe had three RBIs, while Kruger and Humphreys each had two RBIs. Kruger now has nine three-hits games, while Lowe has had three or more hits seven times. It was also Lowe's seventh game with three or more RBIs.

Kruger, Lowe and Humphreys each hit home runs in the victory. Kruger has now homered seven times, while Lowe and Humphreys are each at five. The Bulldogs hit seven home runs in the series and finished with 21 extra-base hits. It marks the first time MSU hit seven home runs in a series since earning seven at Auburn in 2010.

The Bulldogs built an early 2-0 lead on a double by Lowe in the third inning and a home run by Humphreys in the fourth inning. Kruger homered to lead off the fifth inning. After a single by Lowe and double by Collins, Brent Rooker hit a sacrifice fly.

MSU then put the contest away with three runs in the seventh inning on only one base hit. In that inning, the Bulldogs benefitted from three walks and an Auburn error. Lowe had a two-run home run in the eighth inning and Kruger lined an RBI-single in the ninth inning.

The Bulldogs still have a shot at catching Texas A&M in the SEC Western Division race.

"We have a lot of goals we have not accomplished yet," MSU coach John Cohen said. "Our kids feel it. They are competing very well. They want to compete for an SEC championship."