STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - An early pitcher's duel turned into a lopsided victory late for No.11 Vanderbilt as they defeated No. 19 Mississippi State 10-1 on Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
Vanderbilt improved to 14-5 and 2-0 in the SEC, while MSU fell to 10-9 and 0-2.
Ethan Small (1-2) started on the mound for the Bulldogs and was impressive in 6.1 innings, only giving up 1 run (1 earned) on 4 hits, while striking out eight.
"Ethan Small was outstanding." MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. "Just like Konnor Pilkington last night, he took his performance to a whole new level. We just have to continue to grow and get better as a team."
Vanderbilt picked up a run in the first inning before blowing the game open late with seven runs in the eighth and 2 runs in the ninth.
MSU looked to be out of the first inning unscathed before a wild pitch on a swinging strike three allowed the Commodores a base runner who would later go on to score.
The Commodores sent 11 batters to the plate in the seven-run eighth inning which included seven base hits. Vanderbilt added two more runs of insurance in the top half of the ninth.
The Bulldogs got on the board off of a Tanner Allen solo home run to right field in the ninth
Luke Alexander, Josh Hatcher and Allen each picked up two hits.