STARKVILLE – No. 4 Mississippi State split a doubleheader with Holy Cross on Saturday.
The Diamond Dogs won Game 1 8-4 behind a pair of home runs from Wes Rea but were unable to capitalize on Rea’s third homer of the day in Game 2, falling 7-6.
MSU (4-3) collected 11 hits in Game 1 sparked by a 4 for 4 performance from Daniel Garner. The redshirt freshman designated hitter had a double and three singles to go along with Rea’s two two-run homers.
Demarcus Henderson also added a double at the dish for the Bulldogs in the early outing.
Trevor Fitts (2-0) picked up the win going 52⁄3 innings allowing two earned runs while scattering seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Amory’s Will Cox earned his first career save tossing the final 31⁄3 frames giving up no earned runs on three hits with two walks while fanning five.
Holy Cross had 10 hits in Game 1 led by Evan Ocello’s 4 for 5 performance with a double. Brandon Cipolla was also 3 for 5 with a two-run homer for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross 7, MSU 6: Although the Bulldogs were able to overcome three errors in Game 1, Holy Cross capitalized on two more blunders for three unearned runs in the first inning in the nightcap.
The Crusaders hung on for a 7-6 victory, improving to 1-2 on the year.
Each team finished with 10 hits. Holy Cross’ Anthony Critelli was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a double and three RBI while Cipolla went 2 for 3 with a double.
Rea was 3 for 4 for State with a home run and four RBI while Henderson and Jake Vickerson were each 2 for 4.
Justin Finan picked up the win in relief for Holy Cross while John Marc Shelly was charged with the loss after walking the only batter he faced.
The series concludes at noon today with freshman right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-0, 2.25 ERA) taking the mound for MSU opposed by junior righty Donny Murray.