By Miss. State Media Relations
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mississippi State trailed UAB 4-3 in the sixth inning of a college baseball game Wednesday night when heavy rains hit at Young Memorial Field. The contest was suspended and will be resumed at a date to be determined.
The Bulldogs reached their first two base runners in the top half of the sixth inning. After about an hour rain delay, the tarp was finally pulled. A final passing shower started falling before field maintenance could be completed. Thus, the coaches decided to suspend with completion at a later date.
For MSU, it was their first road game of the 2011 season. MSU has actually won 16 straight series meetings against UAB. However, the series streak’s extension was in jeopardy as the Blazers scored twice in the second and fifth innings.
In the second inning, UAB struck first when Ryan Ussery doubled, Michael Busby walked and Jacob German followed with a two-run double.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 3-2 lead, thanks to a three-run inning off only one base hit in the third inning. Two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Jarrod Parks followed with a three-run double into the right field corner.
MSU starter Kendall Graveman was chased during UAB’s two-run fifth inning. An RBI-single by Jamal Austin chased Graveman and tied the game 3-3. In relief, Andrew Busby was greeted by a go-ahead RBI-single by Patrick Palmeiro.
In the MSU sixth inning, Ryan Collins walked and Jonathan Ogden reached as a hit batsman before the rains hit.
The Bulldogs had only managed two hits off four UAB pitchers. Both of those hits belonged to Parks.
MSU returns home for a three-game weekend series with Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs and Pioneers play at 5 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.