Detz homers in Diamond Dogs’ win; Rebels fall

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By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – No. 12 Mississippi State notched its second straight shutout with the aid of three solid performances on the mound.

Preston Brown, Ross Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren scattered eight hits in a 3-0 victory over South Alabama on Wednesday, a rematch from the 2013 Starkville Regional.

“It goes without saying, we pitched really well tonight,” said MSU skipper John Cohen. “All three guys who pitched in this ball game did a great job for us. Preston did a great job getting it going for us, Ross was right on point tonight with three different pitches and Lindgren did a nice job closing it out. His stuff was just phenomenal.”

Mitchell, the SEC’s Co-Pitcher of the Week, picked up his second win of year tossing 31⁄3 innings of relief. He surrendered three hits and notched three strikeouts improving to 18-0 for his career.

Brown’s second career start lasted four frames allowing five hits and three walks while fanning five. Lindgren came on for his first save of the season tossing 12⁄3 innings with a pair of strikeouts.

The Bulldogs had five hits in the contest led by junior first baseman Wes Rea going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and his NCAA-leading 15th walk.

Senior third baseman Alex Detz was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in including a solo homer to leadoff the third inning. It was his second career homer.

“Any home run feels good,” Detz said. “It doesn’t happen to me that often so anytime that happens it’s a good feeling.”

It was MSU’s seventh consecutive win improving to 11-4 on the year. The Diamond Dogs have outscored their opponents 50-8 during its current winning streak.

Hayden Jones paced South Alabama (5-7) at the plate going 3 for 4 with a double.

Matt Bell suffered the loss for the Jaguars falling to 1-2.

State hits the road this weekend for the first time traveling to Tucson to face Arizona and UC-Santa Barbra in a four-game round robin series.

Memphis 4, Ole Miss 1: Drew Griffin had a two-run single in the first and the Tigers never looked back.

Ethan Gross scored on a fielders choice in the fifth and Jake Little reached home on a sac fly in the sixth.

Auston Boufield got the Rebels on the board in the seventh, scoring on Will Allen’s sac fly.

Jeremy Massie gave up three earned runs in 41⁄3 inning for the Rebels (11-2), who host Arkansas-Little Rock this weekend.