Recapping MSU’s 13-5 win over Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl on Tuesday.
• The buzz: It was quite a night for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who was 3 of 5 with two doubles, a three-run homer and a career-high six RBIs. USM’s pitchers were clearly overmatched by MSU’s bats, and starting pitcher Luis Pollorena continued his dominance of USM (7-9). The win snapped a two-game losing skid for State (18-2).
• Big inning: MSU came out hot, scoring four times in the first inning. Renfroe had an RBI double, followed by Mitch Slauter‘s two-run double. Kyle Hann added an RBI single.
• Key stats: MSU was 7 of 15 with runners in scoring position, while USM was 3 of 13. … Each team turned two double plays. … Demarcus Henderson stole two bases.
• MSU at the plate: Renfroe. … Hann, a freshman, had two hits and his first career RBI. … Adam Frazier had a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and scored three runs. … Alex Detz had two hits and scored three runs. … MSU had 15 hits, eight of them for extra bases.
• USM at the plate: USM had 11 hits. … USM sent 10 men to the plate in the sixth, when it scored four runs to make it a 10-5 game. It left the bases loaded. … Chase Fowler had three hits but no RBIs. … Blake Brown had two hits and two RBIs.
• MSU on the mound: Pollorena (4-0) saw his scoreless innings streak versus USM ended at 15 (over three appearances), and then was chased in the sixth after allowing five consecutive hits. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks. … Reliever Ross Mitchell tossed four shutout innings for his first save.
• USM on the mound: Starter Mason Robbins (1-2) lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs (all earned) on four hits. … USM used five relievers.
• Quotable: “We knew that this park plays huge. The wind was blowing straight in at the time, and we were just trying to hit the ball in the gaps, trying to find a gap here, find a gap there, hit the ball on the ground, move runners over. I think we did a really good job with that.” – Renfroe
• Bottom line: This was a nice way for MSU to bounce back from the series loss it suffered to Central Arkansas over the weekend. Now, the focus turns to Friday’s SEC opener against No. 7 LSU.