Explosive 8th inning propels Mississippi State past Oregon State



Photo: Gabby Zgunda/Mississippi State Athletics

The Mississippi State Bulldogs claimed game one against Oregon State thanks to strong pitching and a late-game offensive explosion. An inning that once plagued the Mississippi State baseball team a few years ago proved to be pretty useful for the Maroon and White in game one of MSU’s series against Oregon State.

The Bulldogs and Beavers battled through most of the afternoon in a low scoring affair. Thanks to solid pitching performances from both teams, the game remained a pitcher’s duel up until the final few innings.

Oregon State was able to build a slight lead over Mississippi State, holding a 2-0 advantage going into the bottom of the 8th inning.

But in the bottom of the 8th, MSU was able to get its offense going.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Justin Foscue got the Bulldogs on the board, tying the game up at 2-2 with an RBI single.

Following Foscue’s 2-RBI single, Brandon Pimentel put Mississippi State up 5-2 with a three-run shot.

Later in the inning, MSU got one more run home. With two outs and Kamren James on third base, Oregon State’s pitcher threw a passed ball. James scooted on home, giving MSU a 6-2 lead heading into the 9th inning.

Spencer Price took the mound for Mississippi State and made quick work of the batters he faced in the top of the 9th. Price kept Oregon State from doing anymore damage, delivering a 6-2 win for MSU.

Mississippi State and Oregon State return to action for game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m.

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