STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The Texas A&M Aggies exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat home standing Mississippi State 10-3.
Big crowds are expected this weekend and 10,032 fans watched the Aggies-Bulldogs clash Friday night. It was the 40th time in Mississippi State history for 10-thousand or better to pack Dudy Noble Field.
Mississippi State fell to 24-10-1 and 8-5 in SEC play, while Texas A&M moved to 27-7 and 8-5 in league play. The teams are tied for the SEC Western Division lead.
MSU head coach John Cohen said, "We had some young people on the mound and that made it tough. It's frustrating because we thought we had some good match ups. They are the best offensive team in the league. You just have to pitch to them."
Dakota Hudson (4-3) pitched seven innings for the Bulldogs, allowing 10 hits and four runs, with one walk and eight strikeouts. Daniel Brown, Ethan Small, Vance Tatum and Blake Smith followed in relief, with Tatum being touched for a grand slam.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Another big crowd is expected.