Aaron Nola has struggled a bit in his previous starts vs. Mississippi State, but not Friday night. He was excellent and proved to live up to the hype throwing eight shutout innings vs. the Bulldogs en route to a 3-0 LSU win.
Nola struck out 10 and had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning (although Jake Vickerson was incorrectly called out on the first AB of the game) when Alex Detz singled up the middle. But two hits were all the Dawgs could muster the entire game.
Trevor Fitts got the surprise start for MSU and did well the first time through the lineup, but got into trouble in the 3rd inning and got the quick hook for Ben Bracewell who went 1.2 innings and gave up a run. The silver lining of this game is the re-emergence of Brandon Woodruff who was excellent in 4.1 innings of work. Woody has had difficulty with control all year but did not walk a single batter, struck out four and gave up two hits in scoreless relief. This opens some doors in terms of his role going forward.
Sometimes you just run into an ace…and that’s what happened here. State is now 20-11 (6-4). Alabama won on Friday night so they are now one game ahead in the West.
There is no double-header scheduled for Saturday as of 7:15 AM but lots of rain in the forecast. There will be a game at 6:30 regardless as it is on ESPNU.