Jack Kruger and Cody Brown combined for all of the offense for No. 20 Mississippi State in its 4-2 win over UMass Lowell Friday night.
Both players were 3-for-3 at the plate with Kruger cranking out a solo homer run and two RBIs and Brown adding a double as the Diamond Dogs improved to 3-2.
All-American Dakota Hudson picked up his first win on the mound tossing six shutout innings and a career-best nine strikeouts. Blake Smith pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and struck out all four batters he faced for the save.
MSU plays a doubleheader Saturday facing Nicholls State (4-2) at 11 a.m. and UMass Lowell (1-1) at 2:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, UMASS LOWELL 2
UML 000 000 200 – 2 3 1
MSU 003 000 10X- 4 6 0
WP: Dakota Hudson (1-0) LP: Steve Xirinachs (0-1) S: Blake Smith (1)
Multiple hits: (UML) Steve Passatempo (MSU) Jack Kruger 3, Cody Brown 3 2B: (MSU) Brown HR: (UML) Passatempo (MSU) Kruger
DP: None LOB: UML 6, MSU 7 T: 2:57 A: 7,692
Records: Mississippi State 3-2, UMass Lowell 1-1