By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – No. 18 Mississippi State completed a four-game weekend sweep with a 9-0 shutout of Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
The Bulldogs picked up a pair of wins over both the Panthers and Michigan State in the round-robin Diamond Classic.
“I’m really proud of our kids, we needed this weekend,” said Mississippi State skipper John Cohen. “We needed to get back to winning some ball games and getting some confidence.”
The Diamond Dogs (10-4) have won six games in a row.
Mississippi State stacked up a dozen hits on Sunday. Seth Heck went 3 for 4 with three singles and two RBIs.
“Heck has been swinging the bat very, very well early in the year but just has not gotten any hits,” Cohen said. “He’s really starting to get into the flow.”
Jake Vickerson went 3 for 5 with an RBI while Derrick Armstrong was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Cody Brown and Cody Walker added a double each for the Bulldogs.
Coasting to victory
Freshman right-hander Dakota Hudson (1-1) picked up his first win. He tossed 52⁄3 shutout innings scattering seven hits and two walks with a career-high five strikeouts.
“It was really good to get out there,” Hudson said. “I just coasted today. Everything just felt well.”
EIU (2-10), which lost 18-13 to the Spartans in Game 1 on Sunday, had 10 hits.
Chase Thurston (0-1) lost in relief, allowing four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk over 3 1⁄3 innings.
MSU concludes this non-league homestand Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against South Alabama.