Graveman incident still talk of Mississippi State at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The team congratulates Alex Bregman for hitting a home run against McNeese on Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU and Mississippi State’s baseball rivalry didn’t need extra fuel. But it got it last season, when State pitcher Kendall Graveman threw a high fastball toward Mason Katz’s head. The scene unfolded in the second inning of the series finale between the two last season in Starkville. LSU won the series, the seventh straight series win for the Tigers over the Bulldogs. Here’s a GIF of the pitch. Coach Paul Mainieri, afterward, told reporters that Graveman should have been tossed from the game. Graveman claimed that he was only trying to set the tempo for Sunday’s game after LSU won the first two.