STARKVILLE – It was hard to tell which aspect of Mississippi State’s 8-2 victory over Missouri was more impressive Thursday night.
The fourth-ranked Diamond Dogs tied a season-high collecting 19 hits while ace Dakota Hudson tied a career-best with 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings on the mound.
“We need everybody,” said MSU skipper John Cohen. “We need all pistons to be firing at the same time because in this stretch run these games are critical to help us achieve the goals that we want to achieve.”
Hudson did not issue a walk as he improved to 7-3 while scattering seven hits and giving up one earned run.
“I just trusted my catcher and knew that we had a good plan,” Hudson said. “I wanted to attack with what I had.”
Nathaniel Lowe led the way for the Bulldogs at the plate going 5-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs.
“I went back to the leg lift tonight and got some balls on the barrel and was happy with the result,” Lowe said.
Jake Mangum was 4-for-5 with an RBI and Brent Rooker was 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Jack Kruger was 2-for-4 with a double and Jacob Robson was 2-for-5 as State improved to 13-9 in the SEC and 31-14-1 on the year.
Missouri (24-23, 7-15 SEC) had seven hits on evening led by Zach Lavy going 3-for-4.
Tigers’ starter Reggie McClain fell to 4-3 after serving up seven runs on 15 hits with six strikeouts and a walk in 6 2/3 innings.
Game 2 is slated for 7 p.m. tonight on ESPNU. The Diamond Dogs will send junior right-hander Austin Sexton (4-2, 3.69 ERA) to the mound while Missouri counters with sophomore righty Tanner Houck (4-4, 3.12 ERA).