March 21, 2004
Starkville, Miss. - Steve Gendron drew a bases loaded walk in the 10th inning scoring Daniel Tackett with the winning run as the No. 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs ended a classic pitchers duel with a 2-1 victory over the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers at Dudy Noble Field.
The loss snapped Tennessee's 15-game winning streak as it fell to 19-3 and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Mississippi State improved to 13-4 and 1-2 in league action.
Tennessee's Ben Riley and MSU's Alan Johnson pitched toe-to-toe for nine innings, each surrendering just one run. Johnson worked 8 1/3 innings, striking out five while scattering five hits. Riley tossed nine innings, striking out six with eight strikeouts.
Brandon Crowe (0-1) took the loss as Tackett led off the 10th with a single and took third on Jeff Butt's double. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Scot Drucker came on and walked Gendron on a 3-2 pitch.
Both teams had scoring threats end in the ninth as winning pitcher Saunders Ramsey (3-0) induced Norrid into a double play. In the bottom of the frame left fielder Eli Iorg threw out Joseph Hunter at home plate trying to score the potential winning run at the plate for the Bulldogs.
Then in the 10th, Tennessee put runners at second and third with one out, but were unable to push a run across.
Eric King put the Vols on the board in the fourth as he lined a triple past a diving Hunter in center field and scored on Norrid's sacrifice fly.
Jeffrey Rea's solo home run leading off the sixth tied the game at 1-1 while snapping Riley's scoreless innings pitched streak at 20 2/3 innings.
Tennessee wraps up it four-game road swing with a single game at East Tennessee State Tuesday at 7 p.m.