No. 23 Alabama lost two of three against No. 16 Mississippi State over the weekend to bring its record to 29-18 overall and 10-14 in SEC play.

Alabama dropped the series opener on Friday night 13-3 at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State quickly took the lead by scoring six runs in the first three innings. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 12-0 with a six-run fourth inning. Although the Crimson Tide scored three runs in the fifth inning, Mississippi State responded with one run in the sixth, securing a run-rule victory.

Alabama pitcher Greg Farone had his worst performance of the season, lasting only three innings. He gave up seven hits, seven earned runs, hit two batters, walked two and struck out three. Coulson Buchanan replaced Farone in the fourth inning but also had a poor outing, allowing six runs on six hits.

In the second game of the series, Alabama was without some key starters due to a stomach bug the team was dealing with over the weekend. Alabama jumped out in front early, but the Bulldogs answered, handing the Crimson Tide an 8-1 loss and securing the series win on Saturday.

Despite an impressive performance, freshman pitcher Zane Adams suffered defeat for the third time this season. Adams gave up three earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four batters over five innings pitched.

Alabama took the lead first on Saturday with a solo home run from Max Grant in the third inning. However, Mississippi State quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the third, securing the lead for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs continued to build on their lead with one run in the fourth inning and two runs each in the sixth and eighth innings, ultimately securing an 8-1 victory.

After losing the first two games of the series, Alabama bounced back in the series finale to avoid the sweep with a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs.

Alabama scored four runs in the second inning, and Mississippi State answered with one run in the bottom of the inning. The Crimson Tide extended their lead with three runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth, making the score 8-1 going into the seventh inning. Mississippi State scored two runs in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth inning, but Alabama answered with runs in the eighth and ninth innings to secure a 10-5 victory.

Ben Hess gave Alabama a solid start on the mound, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four in four innings of work. Braylon Myers took over for Hess and picked up his second win of the season pitching three innings in relief.

Alabama will travel to Troy for a midweek game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT.

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