Starkville, Miss. - Ryan McGrath and Jamie Rock each collected three hits

as the Mississippi State Bulldogs handed the Tennessee Volunteers a 4-2

defeat before a crowd of 6,418 at Dudy Noble Field.

The Bulldogs outhit the Vols 10-5 and four Tennessee errors also

contributed to a fourth straight league loss.

Jeff Baumtrog, who led off with a single and moved to third following a

walk and a sacrifice bunt, scored on Stevie Daniel's second hit of the game

off MSU starter Joey Collums in the third as the Vols took a 1-0


Despite loading the bases with three consecutive singles in the fifth, the

Bulldogs were able to plate only the tying run when Chapman grounded out.

Jon Knott flew out to center and Shane Kelly was thrown out at home trying

to score on the same play to end the scoring threat that inning.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth, the Bulldogs loaded the bases twice

and plated three runs for a 4-1 lead. Shane Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk

and McGrath singled to give Mississippi State a 3-1 lead. A throwing error

by Vol catcher John Massey following a pitch in the dirt by Allen allowed

Phillip Willingham to score for the 4-1 advantage.

Tennessee closed the gap to 4-2 in the top of the eighth when Kris Bennett

drove home Stevie Daniel on a groundout with the bases loaded. The Vols

worked the bases loaded again with two outs before Baumtrog lined out to

third baseman Travis Chapman to end the inning.

The Bulldogs improved to 32-12 and 13-7 in the SEC, while the Volunteers

fell to 35-19 and 7-14 in the league.

Chris Young (4-0) was credited with the victory in relief after allowing

one run on one hit, while Adam Larson picked up his SEC-leading 12th save

in 1 1-3 innings.

Wyatt Allen (3-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on six

hits with five walks in 3 1-3 innings.