Mitchell goes the distance for Bulldogs

Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell limited Auburn to three hits on Saturday. (AP Photo/AL.com, Julie Bennett)

Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell limited Auburn to three hits on Saturday. (AP Photo/AL.com, Julie Bennett)

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AUBURN, Ala. – Another night at Plainsman Park and another shutout.

Ross Mitchell threw his fourth complete game this season in Mississippi State’s 3-0 win over Auburn on Saturday, the second in as many days for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs clinched their fifth conference series win. The finale is today at 1 p.m.

It was the fifth shutout for Mississippi State and the second time it’s happened back-to-back.

The Bulldogs (30-18, 13-10) are now tied with Alabama for third place in the Western Division standings. Auburn slipped to 25-22 and 9-14.

“Ross had 10 ground ball outs,” MSU coach John Cohen said. “Auburn had more balls in the air than usual. We defended well enough. Brett Pirtle made two great defensive plays. Alex Detz has played well at first base this weekend.

“We are doing what we do. We are negotiating pitches, defending and scoring enough runs.”

Mitchell (7-4) threw 132 pitches and allowed four hits.

All three runs came in the third inning. Jake Vickerson and Derrick Armstrong walked in the third and C.T. Bradford followed with an RBI single. A ground ball out by Detz scored another run, while an RBI-double by Pirtle made the game 3-0. capped the scoring in that inning and for the game.

“Timely hitting is the key,” Cohen said. “I look at the scores around the league and the teams that can put together one big inning will win. Pitching and defense are important. Our kids believe they are going to win. It is important to believe. We are finding a way to score enough runs.”

Auburn left the bases loaded in the ninth inning.