Late innings doom Diamond Dawgs against Vanderbilt

The Commodores scored 7 times in the 8th inning in a 10-1 victory.

Posted: Mar 17, 2018 9:54 PM

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
inning.

Luke Alexander, Josh Hatcher and Allen each picked up two hits.

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