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No. 5 State Holds Off Grambling For 2-0 Midweek Win

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Brandon Woodruff struck out eight in six innings on the mound to pick up the victory.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sophomore right-hander Brandon Woodruff opened his 2013 season on a strong note as Mississippi State blanked Grambling State 2-0 in a college baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

Woodruff matched a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings of work. In the end, a set of six Bulldog hurlers combined for the squad's second shutout as MSU moved to 5-0 for the second time in three seasons.

"It was a well pitched game by both teams," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "It's hard to score runs when the wind is from the north here. This was a lot like several of our intersquad games. It was well pitched by both teams and local scoring."

Through five games, MSU pitching has allowed 26 hits and three earned runs for a 0.60 earned run average. Bulldog hurlers have not allowed a run in 18 straight innings.

MSU opened the scoring with a lone run in the second inning. After a leadoff walk to Alex Detz, Brett Pirtle followed with a sacrifice bunt. Following a lineout, Demarcus Henderson lined an RBI-single.

Henderson also had a hand in the Bulldogs' other run in the fifth inning. Daryl Norris began things with a leadoff single. Again, the Maroon and White used the bunting game to perfection as Henderson sacrificed Norris to second base. A two-out RBI-single by C.T. Bradford extended the lead to 2-0.

"Demarcus really hung in there well," Cohen said. "He got a hit, got a sacrifice bunt and drew a walk for us. We had some key two-out hits."

Myles Gentry, Bradford, Preston Brown, Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder all saw action on the mound. Holder got a critical strikeout with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to snuff the last Grambling State (0-3) threat. Holder retired the side in order one at-bat later for his second save this season and 11th career save.

MSU resumes its season-opening 19-homestand by playing host to The Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products. The three-day, six-game event begins with Samford playing Purdue at 2:30 p.m. Friday, followed by MSU and Purdue playing at 6 p.m.

 


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