LSU falls to Miss St in marathon 17 inning game at SEC tournament

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Better prepare for a long night when LSU plays in Hoover during the SEC baseball tournament.

LSU and Mississippi State played even thru 16 innings into the early hours of Thursday morning.  Eventually, however, the Tigers would fall to the Bulldogs 6-5 when Mississippi State's Gunner Halter walked it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the 17th.  The game set the record for the longest game in SEC tournament history, clocking in at 6 hours and 45 minutes.

HISTORY IN HOOVER!5 hours. 22 minutes. (and counting)This is officially the longest game in SEC Tournament history. pic.twitter.com/rn2t9hwWN4

— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 23, 2019

The marathon between the Tigers and Bulldogs came just three years after LSU set the previous record for tournament game length.  In 2016, LSU and Florida played 14 innings of baseball, with the Tigers escaping with a 5-3 win after 5 hours and 7 minutes of action.

There was another SEC tournament game between LSU and Mississippi State that went on so long it literally never ended.  Per Glenn Gilbeau of USA Today, the Tigers and Bulldogs tournament title game in 1990 was stopped due to lightning and never re-started.  Both teams were eventually crowned co-champions that year.

LSU and Mississippi State once started an SEC Tournament game ... and it never ended. LSU led 6-0 in the fourth inning of the tourney title game in 1990 in Hoover when lightning stopped the game. They never re-started and decided to declare both co-champions.

— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) May 23, 2019

With the loss, the Tigers will play Thursday at 1:00 p.m. against Auburn in an elimination game.