Bulldogs clutch with two outs in win over Eagles
PEARL – It was all about timely hits for Mississippi State.
And most of them came with two outs.
Behind a steady performance from Nathaniel Lowe and Jacob Robson, the Bulldogs got past Southern Miss 13-5 in front of a crowd of 5,982 at Trustmark Park on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State (18-7-1) has now won six of the last seven meetings over the Southern Miss (19-7) and snapped the Golden Eagles’ eight-game winning streak against SEC schools.
Mississippi State scored nine of its 13 runs with two outs, including three in the bottom of the fourth inning highlighted by Lowe’s two-run double to left.
Lowe, MSU’s junior first basemen, would lead the Bulldogs offensively with four hits and had three runs batted in.
Mississippi State pounded out 18 hits and forced Southern Miss to use nine pitchers.
Elih Marrero also had three hits and is now has 10 hits in his last 13 plate appearances. Robson added three hits including a leadoff triple in the first and a RBI single in the bottom of the eighth that made it 11-5 Mississippi State.
Reid Humphreys, John Holland and Ryan Gridley contributed with two hits each for the Bulldogs.
Robson had a leadoff triple and single to extend his streak of reaching base in 22 of the Mississippi State’s 26 games.
Humphreys would go 2 for 4 with a RBI double in the sixth and a RBI single in the seventh. He also pitched two innings giving up a hit and had four strikeouts.
Ryan Rigby (3-0) picked up the win in relief for Mississippi State lasting two and a third innings giving up two hits and had three strikeouts.
Tracy Hadley led Southern Miss with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth and a RBI single in the seventh.
Dylan Burdeaux also added two hits for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss scored three runs in the seventh to cut the MSU lead to 8-5.
Mason Walley (1-2) took the loss on the mound for Southern Miss.
By Brandon Shields, Special to the Journal