STARKVILLE – Mississippi State got back into the win column in a big way Tuesday night with a 13-1 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
The Diamond Dogs used a seven-run fourth inning to propel themselves out of a two-game losing skid. MSU had six consecutive two-out RBI singles in the big inning improving to 5-4 on the year.
“Hitting is contagious and that proves it right there,” said MSU shortstop Seth Heck. “It’s crazy how things work like that. All weekend we struggled to get that hit with runners in scoring position and all of a sudden, boom, we score six in a row.”
The Bulldogs finished the afternoon with 13 hits with eight of the nine starters contributing at least one knock.
Left fielder Jake Vickerson paced State at the plate going 2 for 2 with a pair of singles and a run batted in.
Second baseman Brett Pirtle and right fielder Demarcus Henderson were both 2 for 3 with two singles with Pirle adding an RBI. Designated hitter Daniel Garner went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI.
“Up and down the lineup I just thought we took better swings,” said MSU skipper John Cohen.
Senior Ben Bracewell improved to 2-0 on the year tossing seven strong innings. Bracewell allowed a run on six hits while walking one and striking out a career-high eight batters.
“I threw a lot of fastballs early trying to get ahead,” Bracewell said. “I just established the fastball and got them in swing mode which kind of opens up the door for your off-speed stuff later on in the ball game.”
The Mountaineers (2-2) had six hits in the contest led by third baseman Zach Call, who was 2 for 3 with a double.
Sophomore Kevin Myers took the loss in his 2014 debut. Myers start lasted 3 1/3 innings surrendering three earned runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout.
The two teams meet again Wednesday at 4 p.m. weather permitting.