John Cohen hoped Mississippi State’s pitching would sort out some of the kinks he witnessed from opening weekend.
The Bulldogs’ starters – Dakota Hudson, Daniel Brown, Austin Sexton and Zac Houston – combined for 26 2/3 shutout innings and 34 strikeouts during MSU’s four-game sweep of UMass Lowell and Nicholls State on the second weekend of the season.
“I’m just overall pleased with our starting pitching,” Cohen said. “That was something of concern last weekend. All four of the guys went out and had a quality start.”
MSU (6-2) completed the round robin series sweep on Sunday with an 8-0 win over Nicholls State.
Houston picked up his first career win, lasting a personal best six innings with 10 strikeouts and only allowing three hits and two walks.
“I figured out pretty early that I didn’t have my splitter so I just went at it with what I had,” Houston said. “My fastball was working and I felt like I could do what I wanted to with my breaking ball.”
The Diamond Dogs collected 10 hits at the dish led by Reid Humphreys going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Brent Rooker was 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in while Cody Brown had an RBI triple and Hunter Stovall and Elih Marrero both doubled.
The Colonels fell to 4-5 after losing to UMass Lowell 9-6 in Game 1 Sunday.
Mississippi State continues its homestand Tuesday against Alcorn State at 6 p.m.