No. 6 Mississippi State (5-0) has now won its second straight series this season after taking down No. 25 Oregon State (2-4) Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs were able to dispatch of the Beavers thanks in large part to a fast start. Mississippi State jumped out and claimed an early lead as Brandon Pimentel knocked an RBI single into left field, putting MSU up 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st.
The Bulldogs built on that lead in the 2nd inning thanks to a trio of bases loaded walks. With the back-to-back-to-back walks, Mississippi State jumped out to a 4-0 advantage.
Oregon State clawed back into the game in the top of the 4th, cutting MSU’s advantage in half with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
But in the bottom of the 4th, Josh Hatcher launched a home run into the Left Field Lounge, giving Mississippi State the momentum once again. The Bulldogs added another run as Tanner Allen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving MSU a 4-run lead once again with the score at 6-2.
MSU would put another run on the board in the bottom of the 6th, building a 7-2 advantage for the Bulldogs.
The Beavers would get two runs back from MSU thanks to a home run of their own, but Oregon State could not get any closer. Mississippi State won 7-4.
Now, Mississippi State has a chance to get its second straight sweep if the Bulldogs are able to win tomorrow. The Bulldogs and Beavers play the final game of the series at 1 p.m.
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