AUBURN, Ala., – No. 4 Mississippi State claimed its sixth-straight victory in a 4-0 win at Auburn Friday night.
The Bulldogs worked their magic at the plate with all four runs coming with two outs while ace Dakota Hudson pitched a complete game shutout on the mound.
Hudson improved to 8-3 on the year while scattering six hits and a walk while striking out six. It was the third time the junior right-hander has thrown nine innings in a start this spring.
MSU (35-14-1, 16-9 SEC) pounded out 11 hits on the evening as well led by Jacob Robson‘s 2-for-3 performance with a double. Brent Rooker, Reid Humphreys and Ryan Gridley were all 2-for-4 with Rooker smashing an RBI ground-rule double and Humphreys knocking in a run on a single during the third inning.
Jack Kruger also added a solo homer in the third and John Holland had an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Diamond Dogs.
Niko Buentello was the only Auburn batter with multiple hits with a pair of singles in four plate appearances.
Cole Lipscomb (2-4) took the loss giving up one earned run on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings with a walk and a strikeout as the Tigers fell to 8-17 in conference play and 22-28 overall.
Game 2 of the series is slated for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch today on SEC Network. Junior right-hander Austin Sexton (5-2, 3.66 ERA) will take the mound for State while the Tigers go with senior righty Justin Camp (3-3, 3.58).