For nearly an hour Saturday, the only sound at Dudy Noble Field was the hum of the crowd and the popping of baseballs hitting gloves.
There was a campus-wide power outage as Mississippi State prepared to host its series finale against South Carolina. There was an inability to play music. The videoboard was useless. All the usual bells and whistles associated with pregame were nowhere to be found.
Eventually, the electricity returned to the ballpark. It was the power of the Gamecocks though that quickly became the story of the day.
South Carolina hit a trio of no-doubt home runs on the way to defeating No. 5 MSU 10-8. The Bulldogs (45-11, 20-10) put up a late fight as they battled back from a 10-3 hole to make a game of it by scoring five times over the course of the eighth and ninth innings, but the Gamecocks (28-27, 8-22) held on for the victory to avoid the weekend sweep at the hands of State.
For more on the Bulldogs and a column by sports editor Danny P. Smith, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.