STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind junior right-hander Trevor Fitts’ fourth quality start of the season, the Mississippi State baseball team knocked off Texas A&M 5-1 in the opening game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series Friday at Dudy Noble Field.
The teams played six innings before a national television audience Thursday night before heavy rains in the Oktibbeha County area suspended the activity until Friday night. After completing the Thursday game, the teams were scheduled to play another nine-inning game at 6:40 p.m. Friday.
With its fourth straight conference win, MSU improved to 28-15 overall and 11-8 in league play, while Texas A&M fell to 25-18 and 8-11.
In the opening inning, the Bulldogs plated three runs. Seth Heck started the half inning with a single, while Alex Detz followed with a walk. Brett Pirtle advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Gavin Collins continued his recent tear with a two-run single to left center. The Bulldogs plate the final run of that at-bat with a wild pitch.
The lead grew to 4-0 on a Seth Heck RBI-double in the second inning.
Texas A&M broke up the shutout by scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
MSU closed the scoring when Cody Brown hit his first career home run in the eighth inning.
For MSU, Trevor Fitts (3-2) allowed five hits and one run (unearned) through six innings of work, with six strikeouts. Jacob Lindgren pitched briefly in the seventh inning, while Jonathan Holder finished the contest for his fifth save.
The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits, including a three-hit night by Heck and a two-hit night by Rea.
The Aggies finished with seven hits, as both Blake Allemand and Cole Lankford had multiple hits. Starting pitcher Tyler Stubblefield (3-2) took the loss.