- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Mississippi State used a dominant all-around performance to beat South Carolina 12-0 in seven innings on Wednesday night at the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Bulldogs (37-20) jumped on top 4-0 by the end of the fourth inning and then piled on eight more runs in the top of the seventh. The game was ended after seven innings because of the 10-run rule in SEC tournament play.

Mississippi State advances to face Kentucky while South Carolina will play Florida in an elimination game. Both games are on Thursday.

MSU’s Trevor Fitts, Jacob Lindgren (6-1) and Myles Gentry combined for the two-hit shutout. Lindgren earned the win, striking out six batters over four innings. The Bulldogs’ offense pounded out 14 hits, including Brett Pirtle’s three-run homer.

South Carolina (42-15) used five pitchers, but most of them had a hard time stopping Mississippi State’s offense. Jordan Montgomery (7-5) took the loss.

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