STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Eight pitchers combined on a five-hitter as Mississippi State blanked Southern University 5-0 on a cool night Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field.
Denver McQuary drew the start and worked the first two innings. Kale Breaux, Riley Self, Jared Liebelt, Keegan James, Josh Hatcher and Zach Neff then pitched. Blake Smith struck out a pair during a perfect ninth inning to nail down the Bulldogs’ second shutout of the season.
“This was a good win for us,” MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. “We did not make an error and also made a couple of great defensive plays. We kept our poise at the plate and then had a big eighth inning. The pitching went like we wanted. Five of them were really sharp and everybody competed.”
MSU (15-15) scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning. Jake Mangum doubled and took third base on a groundout. Another ground ball out by Tanner Allen brought Mangum home.
Things stayed that way until the Bulldogs broke open the contest in the eighth inning.
Justin Foscue started things with a leadoff walk. After a groundball out, Marshall Gilbert sent Foscue to third base with a single. Jordan Anderson followed with an RBI-single. Mangum was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
A wild pitch scored the inning’s second run, before Luke Alexander walked to again load the bases.
Allen followed with an RBI-single. A wild pitch scored the game’s final run.
Southern University (7-19) stranded 10 base runners. The Jaguars’ best scoring threat came in the seventh inning when the bases were left loaded.
MSU will return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against in-state rival No. 3 Ole Miss (25-4, 6-3 SEC). The series will open Friday with a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch from Dudy Noble Field.