ATHENS, Ga. – After Mississippi State dropped its SEC opener Friday night 7-1, head coach John Cohen challenged his club to take better swings at the plate and wanted a better showing on the mound.
Cohen got both results as the 24th-ranked Diamond Dogs swept a Saturday doubleheader from Georgia, 6-1 and 4-1, to take the weekend series.
“We’ve got to put the ball in the hands of the guys that got us to Omaha a year ago,” Cohen said. “That’s what this whole day was about was about those guys, and I’m just so excited with what they did.”
Ross Mitchell tossed a complete game in the first tilt in just his second career start. Mitchell (3-1) allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks improving to 19-1 for his career.
“I knew that I had to set the tone for the rest of this day, and I was able to do that,” Mitchell said.
MSU had six hits in the early game, led by Matthew Britton, who went 2 for 4 with a double and three runs batted in.
“When you get your chance you’ve got to make the most of it,” Britton said.
State plated three runs in the third inning on a RBI double by Britton and a two-run double by Alex Detz. The visiting Bulldogs added three more in the seventh on a two-run single by Britton and an RBI knock by Brett Pirtle.
MSU rode junior pitching combination of Trevor Fitts, Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder to another victory to close out the series.
The trio combined to strikeout 13 Georgia batters giving up just one run, seven hits and two walks. Lindgren (2-0) earned the win with three innings of shutout relief allowing a hit and a walk with four strikeouts.
Holder picked up his second save.
C.T. Bradford paced State at the plate going 2 for 3 with a two-run double. Gavin Collins and Wes Rea also doubled as Mississippi State improved to 15-8 on the year.
The losses snapped an 11-game winning streak for UGA, which fell to 13-8.
MSU returns home for a series against Vanderbilt next weekend.