Box Score

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State scored four runs in the fifth inning to overcome an early deficit and beat South Alabama 6-2 at an NCAA regional Saturday night.

Brett Pirtle had the big hit during the Bulldogs' fifth inning, with a two-run single to right field that put Mississippi State ahead 3-2. C.T. Bradford added a two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead.

Mississippi State (45-17) advances to the regional championship game, where it will play the winner of South Alabama/Central Arkansas on Sunday night.

Ross Mitchell (12-0) pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Alex Detz was 3 for 4 with a run scored.

South Alabama (43-19) didn't score a run after the fourth inning. Matt Bell (6-2) took the loss, giving up five runs in 6.1 innings.