Diamond Dogs Best Alcorn State, 6-2, For Midweek Win

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Starter Will Cox picked up the win.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Starting pitcher Will Cox retired all nine batters he faced and teammates Wes Rea and Sam Frost collected a pair of hits each Tuesday night as Mississippi State (17-9) registered a 6-2 win over Alcorn State (6-18) at Dudy Noble Field. It was the 16th win in 21 home games for MSU.

Sophomore shortstop Adam Frazier walked to open the Bulldog first and later scored on a wild pitch by ASU starter Cedric Pomerlee (0-2). An errant pickoff throw to third base and a sacrifice fly enabled State to plate two more runs and extend its lead to 3-0 in the third inning.

The Braves answered with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, the second on a double by outfielder Eduardo Gonzalez. Frost got one of the runs back for State with an RBI double in the sixth and freshman Tyler Fullerton doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to cap the game's scoring.

Cox (2-1) struck out six of the nine batters he faced over three frames to lead the split pitching crew for State and claim his second win. Six other Bulldog hurlers took the hill, holding the Braves without an earned run on six hits the remainder of the game. Junior Luis Pollorena, in his first mound appearance in two weeks, worked two innings of scoreless no-hit middle inning relief while freshman Jonathan Holder retired the three batters he faced in the ninth to close out the game.

Rea, a starter in all 26 games at first base, singled twice for his 11th multi-hit game. Frost registered his second multi-hit game to extend his current hitting streak to four games, going 7-for-11 in that span.

The win, by the narrowest of margins (four runs) in the 11-game MSU-ASU baseball series, extended State's dominance in the series to all 11 games.

The Bulldogs continue Southeastern Conference competition this weekend at Auburn, taking on the 24th-ranked Tigers (15-10, 4-2 SEC) at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.



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