Mississippi State then closes out its 2005 home slate with a three-game SEC Western Division showdown against the division-leading Louisiana State Tigers (35-17). Weekend game times are 6:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Mississippi State staged a ninth-inning rally Sunday to upend No. 10 Florida 6-5 in the final game of a three-game SEC series in Gainesville, Fla. Thomas Berkery went 3-for-5, matched a career-high with five RBI and belted his team-leading seventh home run of the campaign to lead the Bulldogs. The game also featured a career-best six-inning relief stint by sophomore righty Mike Valentine. Valentine allowed one run on four hits and became the MSU pitching staff's first five-game winner when State plated two runs in the ninth. Pinch-runner Ben Grisham scored on Thomas Berkery's bases-loaded infield groundout and Jeffrey Rea raced home on a bad throw after Brad Corley's grounder to third base.
Berkery, whose three-run first inning home run gave MSU its first lead of the weekend, ended the game when he caught UF's Adam Davis attempting to steal second.
MSU out-hit Florida 31-26 for the weekend and was charged with but one error in three games.
The Bulldogs enter the week in ninth place in the overall SEC standings, a half-game out of sixth place with three league games remaining.