TUCSON, Ariz. – Mississippi State saw its seven-game college baseball win streak snapped with an 8-3 loss to California-Santa Barbara in the opening game of the Hi Corbett Classic.
The second contest of the event did not go much better, as MSU dropped a 12-3 decision to Arizona.
MSU (11-6) will try to bounce back in today’s 3 p.m. CT start against UCSB. Junior right-hander Trevor Fitts is expected to get the start on the mound for the Bulldogs.
UCSB (8-1) ran its own win streak to seven games by pounding out 17 hits, the most allowed by MSU pitching this season and later matched by Arizona. Despite strong offense from the Gauchos, the Bulldogs still held a 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning.
UCSB scored four runs in the sixth inning and added three more scores in the seventh inning off a total of seven MSU pitchers. Ben Bracewell (2-1) took the loss after being chased with out in the sixth inning.
Offensively, MSU finished with six hits, including a multi-hit game from Demarcus Henderson. The Bulldogs built an early 2-0 lead by scoring twice on double play ground ball outs with the bases loaded.
Joey Epperson paced the UCSB offensive attack with four hits. Andrew Calica added three hits and two RBIs, while Scott Quinlan and Jackson Morrow each added two hits and two RBIs. Robby Nesovic also had multiple hits.
An infield single by Calica tied the contest. An RBI-single by Quinlan put the Gauchos on top for good.
Out of the bullpen, MSU’s Myles Gentry and Vance Tatum combined for 2.2 innings of shutout relief to end the contest.
The Bulldogs tried to rally in the ninth inning when Brett Pirtle doubled and Seth Heck reached on an infield error. A sacrifice fly by C.T. Bradford scored the Maroon and White’s final run. A strikeout and groundout ended that threat.
In the second contest, Arizona also pounded out 17 hits and scored in six different innings off three MSU pitchers.
Starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff (1-2) worked 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs (all earned), with four walks and four strikeouts. Austin Sexton and Tatum followed in relief.
MSU scored its lone run in the second inning on an RBI-single by Jake Vickerson. Arizona quickly built on its 2-1 lead with a single score in the third inning and three scores in both the fourth and sixth innings.
For Arizona (7-7), Trent Gilbert led the way with a 5-for-5 night and six RBIs. Scott Kingery and Kevin Newman each had three hits.
MSU finished with eight hits, including a multi-hit night by Heck. The Bulldogs plated two runs in the ninth inning.
Senior right-hander James Farris (3-1) was lifted in the ninth inning for Arizona and picked up the win.
(From MSU Media Relations)