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Mississippi State forced a final deciding game with an 8-1 win over Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) -

Southern Miss plated a run in the top of the first inning, but that would be the only run that Mississippi State pitcher Jacob Billingsley allowed.  He would pitch the Bulldogs first complete game since Dakota Hudson on May 19 of 2016.

Jake Mangum tied the game for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the third, the first of five runs scored by Mississippi State in the inning.  The big hit was a three-run homer off the bat of Josh Lovelady.

SEC Player of the Year Brent Rooker added a two-run blast to center field in the bottom of the sixth. his 22nd of the season and it gave the junior slugger 79 runs batted in.

The Golden Eagles had their lowest offensive output since March 10.  It was only the second time since April 23 that Southern Miss was held to six hits or fewer.

Eight of nine Bulldog starts record hits.  Biloxi's Cody Brown singled in the third and scored the Bulldogs first run on Mangum's RBI single in the third inning.

Mississippi State and Southern Miss started the final deciding game at 9:30 p.m. and the winner of the Hattiesburg Regional advances to face red-hot LSU in the Super Regional in Baton Rouge this weekend.

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