Mississippi State Ousts Alabama A&M, 18-0
The Bulldogs entered Collegiate Baseball's national rankings at 24th earlier this week. In honor of that mark, the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and tallied a season-best 18 runs to close out a perfect four-game homestand.
For Bulldog pitching it was their fifth shutout of the season. Coming on the heels of Sunday's 5-0 Southeastern Conference win over Auburn, the Bulldogs ran their scoreless streak to 16 straight innings with seven more shutout innings in a contest shortened by a 12-run rule.
Offensively, the Bulldogs (19-6) scored five times in the second inning, once in the third inning, eight times in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth inning.
"We got what we wanted accomplished tonight," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We were able to get some kids some extra at-bats and some playing time. It is a good tune-up situation going into a critical SEC series at Georgia."
An infield error and three walks opened the door in the MSU second inning. Jaron Shepherd lined a two-run double, while Ryan Collins added a two-run single.
An RBI-single by Adam Frazier extended the lead to 6-0 in the third inning.
Kendall Graveman (3-0) was perfect in four innings on the mound, while picking up the win. Graveman retired all 12 batters he faced, including three by strikeout. Victor Diaz, Luis Pollorena and C.C. Watson threw an inning apiece in relief.
Demarcus Steward (0-2) was chased during the eight-run fourth inning and took the loss for Alabama A&M (3-20). Sanchez Tucker and Joseph Bryant had the lone hits for the visiting Bulldogs.
Freeman paced the MSU offensive attack with three hits. Collins and Frazier each added multiple hits. Stark and Johnson each had three RBIs.
Continuing the theme of head-to-head matchups involving Bulldogs, MSU plays Georgia this weekend when it returns to conference play. The SEC's two sets of Bulldogs meet at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday, 1 p.m. CT Saturday and 1 p.m. CT Sunday.