Miss. State downs Delta Devils for midweek win

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State extended its winning streak to a season-best six games with a 13-3 win over in-state rival Mississippi Valley State in a college baseball game played Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Kendall Graveman (5-0) picked up the pitching staff’s 11th quality start of the season as the Bulldogs became the seventh Southeastern Conference team to win 30 games this season. While winning a 20th straight from the Delta Devils, MSU improved to 30-18, while MVSU fell to 18-32.

Graveman matched season highs with seven innings pitched and seven strikeouts. While throwing exactly 100 pitches, Graveman allowed five hits and three runs (two earned), with one walk.

“I was pleased with the way Kendall pitched tonight,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Seven strikeouts in seven innings, with only one walk and 100 pitches is great. He kept the ball in the zone and let our guys make the plays.”

For a fourth straight game, the Bulldogs never trailed. MSU scored twice in the first inning. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 5-1 with three runs in the third inning. After the Delta Devils closed within 6-3, the Bulldogs responded with six runs on only two hits in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs only managed eight hits. However, MSU took advantage of nine MVSU walks, four hit batsman and three Delta Devil errors. Third baseman Jarrod Parks did extend his hit streak to 21 games. Thanks to a hitless night by Vanderbilt’s Jason Esposito against Louisville Tuesday night, Parks now has the longest active hit streak in the league. Esposito had hit in 27 straight games.

“We were able to rotate a lot of guys in to get some playing time and at-bats,” Cohen said. “I am pleased with the way we competed and worked to get better tonight.”

C.T. Bradford led off the MSU first inning with a single and later scored on a triple by Ryan Collins. A Jaron Shepherd sacrifice-fly drove in another run.

The Bulldogs plated three scores with a walk, error and two singles in the third inning. Parks and Nick Vickerson had hits in that inning. Shepherd drove in a run with another sacrifice-fly. Trey Johnson also drove in a run with a groundout.

Adam Frazier and Hunter Renfroe had run-producing hits in the sixth inning. Frazier was the lone multiple hitter for MSU Tuesday night.

MVSU finished with five hits. Michael Lowe had two hits for the Delta Devils.

Evan Mitchell and Bradford threw an inning apiece for the Bulldogs.

MVSU starter Kameron Stady (0-4) worked five innings and took the loss. Stady allowed five hits and six runs (all earned), with three strikeouts, three walks and two hit batsman.

MSU returns to Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a critical three-game set against in-state rival Ole Miss in Oxford. The Bulldogs and Rebels meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPNU), 7 p.m. Friday (SportSouth) and 7 p.m. Saturday (SportSouth). Both teams begin the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the league’s Western Division standings.

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