Porter Stars As Diamond Dogs Surge Past Governors, 13-5

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Trey Porter is welcomed at home plate after his home run Tuesday night. He was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior DH Trey Porter drove in a career-most three runs and belted his first home run of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 16 Mississippi State (22-6) to a 13-5 win over Austin Peay (19-5) at Dudy Noble Field.

The Bulldogs resume league play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 11 Arkansas (18-7, 4-2 SEC).

After APSU sprinted to an early 2-0 lead, Porter gave the Bulldogs their first advantage of the night at 4-2 with his two-run shot in the bottom of the first. He singled in another run during a three-run seventh inning State surge. With the score knotted at 5-5 in the seventh, State sent eight to the plate to take an 8-5 lead in the frame and then salted the game away an inning later with a five-run burst. Nick Ammirati’s two-run single capped the night’s scoring.

Freshman Myles Gentry (3-0), the last of four Bulldog pitchers in the game, blanked the Governors with one-hit pitching over the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. Starter Will Cox was charged with four runs before leaving the game an out deep into the second inning. Another sophomore, Ross Mitchell, kept APSU hitters at bay through the sixth before Chad Girodo and Gentry finished the game for State.

C.T. Bradford and Brett Pirtle joined Porter with two-hit games while Ammirati matched Porter’s three-RBI performance. Wes Rea also finished the night with a multi-RBI showing. Hunter Renfroe extended his career-longest and team season-best 13-game hitting streak with a double in the third inning while Adam Frazier doubled to open the game and now has hits in 25 of 28 games.

APSU lead-off hitter Rolando Gautier paced the Governors’ nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance.

Hunter Lindley (0-1), the sixth of nine pitchers used by Austin Peay, took the loss. The Governor moundsmen gave up 11 hits and combined for 11 walks, with six of those free passes eventually touching home.

The Bulldogs played their 13th error-free game and turned their NCAA-leading 39th double play.

 


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