Recapping No. 25 MSU’s 13-5 win over Austin Peay at Dudy Noble Field on Tuesday night.
• The buzz: MSU (22-6) made a late surge offensively, scoring a combined eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Bulldogs got a little creative, using some hit-and-run, stealing eight bases, and even scoring big Wes Rea on a suicide squeeze bunt by Nick Ammirati. The bullpen once again put in solid work.
• Big inning: MSU broke open a 5-5 game with three runs in the seventh. Rea got it going with an RBI single, and Trey Porter singled in a run before the squeeze play.
• Key stats: State was 5 of 14 with runners in scoring position. Austin Peay was 2 of 10. … The Governors made two errors, MSU made none.
• Austin Peay at the plate: Austin Peay had nine hits. … Leadoff man Rolando Gautier had three hits and scored twice. … Peay scored twice in the first and twice more in the second to tie it at 4-4.
• MSU at the plate: MSU had 11 hits. … Porter drilled a two-run home run during a four-run first inning. It was his first homer of the season. … C.T. Bradford had two hits and scored three runs. … Ammirati had three RBIs. … Hunter Renfroe extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning double.
• Austin Peay on the mound: Starter Jared Carkuff lasted one inning, allowing four runs on four hits with a strikeout and two walks. … Austin Peay used nine pitchers, with Hunter Lindley (0-1) taking the loss. He gave up three runs in a third of an inning.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Will Cox lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. … Ross Mitchell followed Cox and logged another superb long relief effort. He allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. … Chad Girodo recorded one out, then Myles Gentry (3-0) tossed the final 2 2/3 innings for the victory.
• Quotable: “This is a night we needed to score some runs, and we created some situations on a first-and-third play, with a squeeze, putting some guys in motion. It’s just something we needed to do tonight to create.” – MSU coach John Cohen
• Bottom line: Starting pitching continues to be a concern for MSU. It was thought that Cox might have a chance to break into the weekend rotation as early as this weekend at Arkansas, but he didn’t help his cause tonight. Cohen didn’t fault him too much, though, saying Austin Peay did a good job hitting pitches down in the zone. Cohen does plan to shuffle his weekend rotation, noting that Luis Pollorena will likely start Sunday, which would move Evan Mitchell to the bench.