By School reports
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s Ryan Duffy homered three times Tuesday night as the Bulldogs defeated Jackson State 18-2 at Dudy Noble Field.
Duffy kicked off MSU’s nine-game homestand in grand fashion by becoming the seventh player in Bulldog history to homer three times in a game. Duffy finished with a career-high five hits, career-high nine RBIs and also set a new school standard with 15 total bases.
“I just had a night where I saw the ball real well,” said Duffy, a senior right fielder. “The first at-bat really gave me a lot of confidence. It carried over into a big night.
Duffy hit a two-run double to the right center gap in the first inning. An inning later, Duffy hit a three-run home run just right of the extended wall in dead center. After a single in the fourth inning, Duffy cleared the extended wall in dead center with a monster three-run shot in the sixth inning. The big night closed with his fifth home run of the season – a three-run shot over the right field wall.
The Bulldogs (16-13) set new season highs with 18 runs scored and 17 hits in winning a 23rd straight from the in-state rival Tigers (14-11). Overall, it was MSU’s 50th win in the series.
Greg Houston (4-0) threw three shutout innings, in relief of starter C.C. Watson, to earn the win. Kendall Graveman threw a pair of innings in relief, while Matt Lane, Caleb Reed and Devin Jones each worked an inning apiece.
Powers, Freeman and Shepherd each followed Duffy in the multiple hit column. Powers finished with four RBIs – his third game with four or more RBIs this season. Powers is now ninth all-time in MSU history with 181 career RBIs. Also for Powers, it was his 12th multi-hit game. For Freeman, it was his eighth multi-hit game and for Shepherd, it was his third.
The Bulldogs’ nine-game homestand resumes when SEC rival Arkansas comes to town. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.