College Baseball

Mississippi State 8, No. 12 USC 7

COLUMBIA -- Mississippi State scored five runs in the first three innings and held off a late rally by South Carolina.

Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Gamecocks (21-6, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) cut the lead to one after an RBI single by Jackie Bradley Jr. , a two-run double by Brady Thomas and a fielder's choice by Adrian Morales.

In the ninth, Mississippi State (15-12, 3-5) closer Ben Bracewell retired the Gamecocks in order.