STARKVILLE, Miss. - Another night, another comeback for the Mississippi State baseball team.
The 23rd-ranked MSU squad posted its seventh come-from-behind victory, rallying from down three runs in the seventh inning to defeat Penn State 10-6 Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits and overcame three errors to win their sixth straight contest. At 12-2, MSU is off to its best start the since 2006 squad won its first 18 games. Penn State dropped 2-9. Coupled with last night's 7-3 victory, MSU completes a two-game sweep in the first-ever meeting between the two baseball teams.
"I was really pleased our kids rallied around losing those two kids and decided we weren't going to lose that game," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "Our pitching did an adequate job tonight. We are counting on a lot of freshmen. I am happy that we found a way to come back and win."
The Bulldogs lost the services of third baseman Daryl Norris (twisted knee) and center fielder C.T. Bradford (jammed shoulder) during Wednesday night's win. The status of both players will be evaluated Thursday.
Penn State scored twice in the first inning and built an early 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs answered with two scores in the home half of the third inning. Matthew Britton began the inning with a leadoff single - the Bulldogs' first hit of the contest. After a strikeout, Bradford reached as a hit batsman. Adam Frazier followed with an RBI-single, while Norris drove home a run with a groundout.
MSU starting pitcher Will Cox was touched for another run before being lifted after the fourth inning. Cox allowed five hits and four runs (three earned), with three strikeouts.
Penn State then reached MSU reliever Brandon Woodruff for a pair of runs (one unearned) in the seventh inning. A bases-loaded walk issued Elliot Searer ran the Nittany Lions out to a 6-3 advantage.
MSU battled back for a 7-6 lead with four scores in the home half of the seventh inning. Demarcus Henderson began the rally with a base hit. Two different PSU relievers then walked the next three Bulldogs in a row. A wild pitch plated the next score. An RBI-single by Hunter Renfroe tied the game. A sacrifice fly by Slauter placed the Maroon and White on top for good.
From there, the MSU relief trio of Jonathan Holder, Jacob Lindgren and Caleb Reed combined for 2.2 innings of shutout relief to close out the win. Lindgren picked up his first win with the Maroon and White.
In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs plated critical insurance scores on a throwing error and two-run double by Frazier.
Frazier, Rea, Renfroe and Henderson each finished with multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Frazier finished with three RBIs.
Penn State totaled nine hits. The Nittany Lions had multiple hits from Steve Snyder and Zach Ell. Evan Dixon (0-1), the fourth of six PSU pitchers, took the loss.
MSU completes its season-opening 17-game homestand with a three-game series against Mercer this weekend. The Bulldogs and Bears play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.