To kickoff the doubleheader, the Bulldogs rode a monster hitting performance, thanks especially to redshirt freshman Wes Rea and sophomores Adam Frazier and C.T. Bradford. Rea, fresh off a game-winning RBI double on Friday night against Kansas, accumulated three hits for the game, tying a career high for the Bulldog power hitter. Both Frazier and Bradford turned in two hits in four at-bats.
Mississippi Valley State jumped out to a 3-1 lead after scoring a run in each of the first three frames, putting the Maroon and White in need of a comeback. That would come in the fourth, when a Brent Brownlee single to left would score Trey Porter, the first of five runs in the inning.
From there, the rout was on as a Bradford two RBI single and the same from Rea highlighted an explosive seven-run fifth, the most runs scored in an inning by the Bulldogs this season.
Relief pitcher Trevor Fitts (1-0) saw his first action on the mound in his MSU career, pitching four innings allowing only two runs on five hits and fanning five batters. He earned his first collegiate win.
Trevor Lacy (0-2) suffered the loss for the Delta Devils after allowing 11 runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings of work. Lacy allowed only one run through three innings, but faced the offensive explosion in the fourth.
After gaining the win in game one, State turned around to face the Jayhawks.
Mississippi State found similar struggles tonight, as they were held scoreless through seven innings, while giving up a lone run in the fourth on a Tucker Tharpe RBI single. Again, the Dogs found themselves in need of a comeback as the final innings drew near.
Frazier again would be the man to step up for the Dogs, sending a shot to left center, scoring pinch hitter Taylor Stark from second. Matthew Britton would score off an error by third baseman Zac Elgie to put the Dogs in the lead, 2-1. A Daryl Norris RBI single would score Sam Frost to put the finishing touches on State's 3-1 comeback victory.
"It's the quality of the competition," coach John Cohen said. "They know how to play in these types of environments. It is like another SEC game for us. Their starter did a great job, but we just battled back."
Evan Mitchell (1-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs, pitching 2.2 innings, while not giving up any runs on only two hits.
Jordan Luvisi (0-1) was handed the loss for the Jayhawks, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit, while walking two.
Mississippi State closes out tournament play at Dudy Noble Field Sunday with a 4 p.m. showdown against the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley. Prior to the Bulldogs' finale, Kansas and Mississippi Valley State will square off at 11 a.m.