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LSU shuts out Mississippi State behind dominating pitching performance from Ma'Khail Hilliard

5 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, March 31 2018 Mar 31, 2018 March 31, 2018 6:15 PM March 31, 2018 in LSU Sports
By: Mike Gaither

Ma'Khail Hilliard did it again.

The freshman right-hander from Central High School dominated Mississippi State in a 4-0 shutout win helping LSU take the series Saturday afternoon.

In the top of the sixth inning, pitching coach Alan Dunn made a mound visit to calm Hilliard down after loading the bases. And, with the Alex Box Stadium crowd on their feet chanting L-S-U, the freshman spun off another devastating curveball, this time catching the inner half on a back-door breaking ball freezing Elijah MacNamee for his ninth strikeout of the day a new career-high.

In Hilliard's first four starts he's now 3-1 having allowed three earned runs in 23.1 innings (1.16 ERA) while striking out 26 batters.

Offensively LSU got some insurance runs courtesy of a pair of late hoemruns by Daniel Cabrera and Zach Watson. 

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