PEARL, Miss. - Mississippi State saw its losing streak reach seven games Tuesday night as the Baseball Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to Jackson State at Trustmark Park.
Jackson State snapped an amazing 23-game losing streak in this battle between in-state rivals. JSU won for only the eighth time ever against the Bulldogs and first time since 1992. The Tigers won their 10th straight this season to move to 29-13, while the Bulldogs fell to 20-24.
M-State actually took an 18-2 victory when the teams met April 6 at Dudy Noble Field. Tuesday night's contest played before a crowd of 1,023 looked nothing like that contest. The Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits in the earlier victory but only managed three hits Tuesday night in a 2-hour, 7-minute contest, which is State's shortest of the season.
JSU scored its first run in the third inning. The Bulldogs tied things on Connor Powers' 13th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Powers is now tied for fourth all-time with 51 home runs and tied for seventh all-time with 199 RBIs.
JSU then won the contest with a pair of unearned runs in the home half of the sixth inning.
The lack of offense made a tough-luck loser of Kendall Graveman (2-3). The freshman right-hander actually threw the squad's second complete game of the season. Graveman allowed six hits and three runs (one earned), with no walks and three strikeouts.
Offensively for MSU, Nick Vickerson opened the contest with a lead-off bunt single. After that, Powers was the extent of the offense. The team's top hitter had his 23rd multi-hit game, later adding a double to his home run.
For the Tigers, Chad Hall led the offensive attack with a pair of hits and an RBI. Willie Wesley, Cortez Cole, Tra Rutland and Charles Epperson each had a hit apiece for JSU.
Winning pitcher Courtney Nelson (8-4) worked the first six innings, allowing two hits and one run (earned), with five walks and no strikeouts. Quintavious Drains worked the final three innings, facing only 10 batters. Drains was only touched for the Powers' double and also struck out four.
The Bulldogs remain in Central Mississippi for a 6:30 p.m. start Wednesday against in-state rival Southern Mississippi. It is the first of two MSU-USM contests, as the teams will also meet May 18 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.