By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – It wasn’t technically a start for Myles Gentry, but the freshman had to put in starter’s work on Friday night.
Gentry tossed 41⁄3 innings of early shutout relief as No. 3 Mississippi State defeated Central Arkansas, 4-2, at Dudy Noble Field.
He entered after starter Jacob Lindgren took a line drive off the side of his left knee just two batters into the game.
Gentry (1-0) allowed no hits or walks and struck out three in what was by far his longest outing. He threw 63 pitches, 43 more than his previous season high.
“You keep waiting for him to become a freshman, and he just doesn’t,” head coach John Cohen said. “He just keeps on going up there and throwing fastballs with movement at the bottom of the zone, sometimes 87-88 (mph), which from that (low) arm angle is very unusual.”
Gentry had to do all his warming up on the mound, but he didn’t seem phased by the sudden entry.
“Really didn’t give me much time to think about it, just had to go out there, get warm, that was it,” Gentry said.
Cohen said he feels Lindgren is “going to be OK,” but the sophomore must still undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.
MSU (17-0) used six relievers in all, with Will Cox tossing two shutout innings. Jonathan Holder worked the ninth for his sixth save.
MSU didn’t get a runner on base until the fourth inning, when Adam Frazier hit a leadoff single. He stole second and scored on Hunter Renfroe’s sac fly for a 1-0 lead.
State added two more runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth.
The Bulldogs finished with seven hits.
Central Arkansas (12-2) had four hits.
The Bulldogs and Bears meet again today at 2 p.m.
No. 7 Ole Miss 10, Lipscomb 1: Preston Overbey drove in four runs, Andrew Mistone drove in three and Stuart Turner had a pair of RBIs as the Rebels opened their final weekend of non-conference play.
Mike Bianco picked up his 485th win as coach of the Rebels, tying him with Jake Gibbs. He can beat the record with a win in today’s game, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
Bobby Wahl allowed three hits in six shutout innings, striking out six and walked none. Jeremy Massie threw three innings, allowing an earned run in the ninth, to pick up the save.
Mistone and Auston Bousfield each had three hits for the Rebels.
Josh Cotham picked up the loss after allowing nine earned runs in three innings.