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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In back-to-back weeks, Will Rogers has completed 86 passes with a 76.1% completion percentage and has thrown for 776 yards and 4 touchdowns. MSU’s young quarterback has given State fans a glimpse at what Leach’s offense is capable of.
The result was disappointing, but Mississippi State fans should be proud of how a depleted roster led by young players performed Saturday.
Maybe Mike Leach’s friendship with Lane Kiffin will take the edge off the 2020 Egg Bowl. Or maybe because it’s 2020 and it’s the Egg Bowl everything will be a disaster.