Winning a second straight weekend series opener, MSU shut out Auburn 3-0 to kickstart a Southeastern Conference weekend series at Plainsman Park.
MSU improved to 29-18 overall and 12-10 in league play, while Auburn dropped to 25-21 and 9-13. The Bulldogs remain two games out of first place in the Western Division standings with eight games remaining.
“I thought we pitched really well,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Trevor really shoved it in the strike zone and that set the tone. Behind him, Jacob Lindgren was an absolute champ for us. Then you get Jonathan Holder closing it out.”
Fitts (4-2) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Lindgren had 2.2 innings of near-perfect relief, including a stretch of eighth straight retired batters. Holder got the Bulldogs’ 41st double play ball of the season to close the contest and earn his sixth save.
Offensively, the big hero was C.T. Bradford. Bradford had three hits, two RBIs and also hit his first home run of the season. That early round-tripper gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Cody Brown hit his second home run of the year to up the lead to 2-0. The Bulldogs got another RBI-double from Bradford in the eighth inning but left the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
“We actually had some good offensive at-bats,” Cohen said. “We didn’t get as much production as we would have liked but we had good at-bats. Defensively, Brett Pirtle had some big league plays. That is what happens for championship teams. They have seniors make those types of plays.”
The series resumes at 6 p.m. Saturday. That contest will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.