AUBURN, Ala. – The Mississippi State pitching trio of Trevor Fitts, Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory at Auburn on Friday night.
It was the second straight win in an SEC opener for MSU (29-18, 12-10).
Game 2 is tonight at 6 p.m. and will be shown on Comcast Sports Southeast.
The Bulldogs remain two games out of first place in the Western Division standings with eight games remaining.
“I thought we pitched really well,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Trevor really shoved it in the strike zone and that set the tone. Behind him, Jacob Lindgren was an absolute champ for us. Then you get Jonathan Holder closing it out.”
Fitts (4-2) pitched 51⁄3 innings, allowing five hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Lindgren had 22⁄3 innings of near-perfect relief, including a stretch of eighth straight retired batters. Holder got the Bulldogs’ 41st double play ball of the season to close the contest and earn his sixth save.
C.T. Bradford led the offense with three hits, two RBIs and his first home run of the season. That early round-tripper gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Cody Brown hit his second home run of the year to up the lead to 2-0. Bradford added an RBI-double in the eighth inning but left the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
“We actually had some good offensive at-bats,” Cohen said. “We didn’t get as much production as we would have liked but we had good at-bats. Defensively, Brett Pirtle had some big league plays. That is what happens for championship teams. They have seniors make those types of plays.”