The #5 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs came away with a pair of quality wins Saturday at Dudy Noble Field. In the first game the Bulldogs defeated last year’s foe Samford 8-2 and defeated Purdue 7-6 in the second game. The Bulldogs hit the ball well all day tallying twenty-five total hits and fifteen runs.
MSU junior Adam Frazier
“It was bittersweet. We went to Florida last year and got beat by them after we were on such a high followed the SEC tournament. It was very bittersweet to beat them like that. Hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow,” said Bulldog slugger Hunter Renfroe about defeating Samford.
Game One: No. 5 Mississippi State 8 Samford 2
Mitchell’s and offense led MSU to an easy 8-2 win over Samford in game one Saturday at DNF. Evan Mitchell started the game and threw three innings of no hit baseball allowing one earned run, two walks, and recording one strikeout on fifty-six pitches.
Evan Mitchell was replaced in the fourth inning by lefty Ross Mitchell (2-0) who went on to pick up the win. Mitchell was sharp, allowing four hits, one earned run, zero walks, and four strikeouts on seventy-six pitches. C.K. Irby picked up the loss for Samford (1-1) going just two innings giving up six earned runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking two.
Mississippi State’s offense got started early again, scoring six runs in the first two innings. Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the first with a triple and was plated a few pitches later by a C.T. Bradford single. Bradford would later score on an Alex Detz single off of the right field wall. Brett Pirtle later singled up the middle to score Hunter Renfroe, and the Bulldogs led 3-0 after one inning.
The Bulldogs added another run in the fourth inning on a Hunter Renfroe solo homerun (2).
Samford would pick up their first hit in the fifth inning and only had four hits in the game compared to MSU’s thirteen.
The Bulldogs picked up their eighth and final run in the seventh inning on a Nick Flair pinch hit RBI single, which was greeted by a loud “WOOO”.
Adam Frazier recorded his second three-hit game of the season and Hunter Renfroe extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Game Two: No. 5 Mississippi State 7 Purdue 6
The Bulldogs took the second game against Purdue 7-6. The Bulldogs had big hits when it mattered and made big time pitches.
“Really proud of our club. We fell behind early in this ball game and came back in the middle of the game; our kids never stopped competing,” said John Cohen.
Again, the Bulldogs jumped on the board early. Daryl Norris laced a two-RBI double down the left field line in the second inning to make it 2-0 Bulldogs.
Purdue would have a big inning in the fourth led by two Bulldog errors which resulted in four Purdue runs making the score 4-2 Boiler Maker lead. They would add another run in the fifth on a Kyle Wood solo homer off of Preston Brown to make it 5-2.
The Bulldogs would answer in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of their own. A Trey Porter fielder’s choice plated Frazier and an Alex Detz RBI single scored Fullerton to make it 5-4 Purdue.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a C.T. Bradford RBI single with a great slide at the plate by Sam Frost and a Hunter Renfroe two-RBI triple off of the right field wall to make it 7-5 Mississippi State.
MSU closer Jonathan Holder came on for the ninth and recorded his third save of the season. After a lead-off single, Holder came back to record back to back outs. Purdue then scored a run on a throwing error by freshman Kyle Hann that made it 7-6. Holder would come back to get a ground out to close the door and nail down the save. Chad Girodo was the winning pitcher (1-0).
The Bulldogs return tomorrow at 2:30 to finish the Diamond Classic against Samford.
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