STARKVILLE, Miss. (School release) - Recent graduate Nick Williams gave his all for Tennessee on Saturday, twirling nine shutout innings - a career high - but two Mississippi State pitchers matched him all the way before a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th gave the 21st-ranked Bulldogs a 1-0 win to even the weekend series at Dudy Noble Field.

Williams was absolutely fantastic for the Volunteers (29-19, 11-15), striking out eight while scattering seven hits and walking three. Most impressively, he worked out of multiple jams, stranding nine Bulldog baserunners during his time on the mound.

Unfortunately, MSU starter Ross Mitchell (6.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K) and reliever Jonathan Holder (3.2, 0 H, 7 K) kept the Tennessee offense off the scoreboard until Seth Heck chopped a one-out single to left that plated a runner from third for the game's only run.

Sophomore Derek Lance had the only two hits of the game for the Volunteers, going 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a walk. Freshman Kyle Serrano (3-3) suffered the loss as he allowed the walk-off single.

After six stellar innings by both starting pitchers, Tennessee finally got something going in the top of the seventh when walks toChristin Stewart and Lance put two on base with just one out and chased Mitchell from the contest. Although a successful double steal moved both runners into scoring position, Holder came out of the bullpen to strike out the next two batters and keep the game scoreless.

The game again got interesting in the bottom of the seventh as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with just one out after a pair of singles and a passed ball. Following a visit to the mound by Serrano, Williams was able to buckle down and escape without damage, however, getting a lineout and a groundout, both to Will Maddox at second.

Williams pulled out his Houdini act in both the eighth and ninth as well, stranding runners on second and third in both innings. In the eighth, he got back-to-back groundouts to escape but he really had to buckle down in the ninth, eventually striking out Matthew Britton to send the game to extra innings.

Sophomore southpaw Andy Cox (4-1, 1.85) will get the ball when the Volunteers go for the series win on Sunday. Mississippi State will send sophomore right-hander Preston Brown (4-1, 2.28) to the mound. The contest will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Joe Castellano and Paul Byrd on the call with first pitch set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

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