This is the kind of performance Mississippi State baseball fans have been waiting for.
Against a ranked opponent while on the road Mississippi State looked absolutely unbeatable, winning 9-0. The Bulldogs’ performance Saturday evening was their best of the year so far.
But it took a little while for Mississippi State to actually get on the board. The Bulldogs were quiet for nearly two-thirds of game two against Long Beach State.
And things exploded in the 6th inning.
On a triple to deep center field, Tanner Allen brought Jordan Westburg and Rowdey Jordan home and then decided he should go ahead score himself as Long Beach State slipped up a bit on the play. That error and solid hitting put the Bulldogs on top 3-0.
And on the very next at bat, Mississippi State’s lead increased to 4-0 thanks to a home run from Justin Foscue.
In the top of the 7th inning, the Bulldogs plated four more runs. A sacrifice fly, a couple of RBI doubles, and an RBI single literally doubled Mississippi State’s lead over Long Beach State. By the time the Bulldogs were done with the 7th inning they had an 8-0 lead over their host.
An RBI single by Jordan in the top of the 8th gave MSU a 9-0 lead over Long Beach State and the Bulldogs rode that to victory.
Redshirt freshman Christian MacLeod earned the win Saturday evening. In 5.0 innings of work, MacLeod threw 91 pitches and struck out five batters, surrendering one hit.
Freshman Will Bednar replaced MacLeod and threw an equally impressive 4.0 innings. Bednar gave up a couple hits but struck out six opposing batters.
MSU and LBSU will play for the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
All stats via HailState.com