STARKVILLE – After a rough weekend out west, Mississippi State returned to the win column on Tuesday night with a solid mound performance by Preston Brown.
The sophomore right-hander shut out Southern Illinois through eight innings as the 24th-ranked Bulldogs won 3-0, improving to 13-7.
It was a career-long outing for Brown (2-0), who scattered four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
“I was just attacking with my fastball,” Brown said. “I’m a ground-ball pitcher and sometimes they find holes. They didn’t tonight because our defense played really well.”
Brown has now gone 202⁄3 innings without allowing an earned run. He had a no-hitter through the first 52⁄3 innings.
Myles Gentry came on to close it out in the ninth, recording his second save.
MSU collected seven hits, led by first baseman Wes Rea going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. Right fielder Demarcus Henderson was 2 for 4 with two singles and two stolen bases.
“We did what we needed to do,” said MSU skipper John Cohen. “It was kind of the identity of our club – we defended it, pitched it pretty well and got enough runs.”
The Salukis (8-7) finished with five hits paced by shortstop Jake Welch, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles.
Freshman Connor McFadden (1-1)gave up three runs on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts in 32⁄3 innings.
The Diamond Dogs open conference play this weekend at Georgia.
Ole Miss 2, SE Louisiana 1: Wyatt Short came on with two on and one out in the eighth to save the game for the Rebels (15-2). Sikes Orvis homered to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth.
The teams play again today at 4 p.m. in Hammond, La.