Rain suspends Bulldogs, Aggies opener

8TB6_MSU_primary_logoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s offensive resurgence from a five-game winning streak carried over into Thursday night’s nationally televised contest with Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs collected six hits and led the Aggies 4-1 through six innings when a severe thunderstorm forced the tarp to be pulled and the game to be paused at 8:36 p.m.

The game was postponed 24-minutes later and will resume at 5 p.m. this afternoon prior to Game 2. The game will start back in the top of the 7th inning.

MSU (27-15, 10-8) plated all four runs in its first two at bats including three in the first inning.

Seth Heck led off the frame with a single to center and Alex Detz followed with a walk. Brett Pirtle bunted both runners into scoring position setting the table for Gavin Collins two-run single in the left-center gap.

Texas A&M starter Tyler Stubblefield then issued two straight walks to load the bases and uncorked a wild pitch allowing Collins to race home for the third run.

Matthew Britton led off the second inning with a single to left and motored around to score on a double down the third baseline by Heck giving the Diamond Dogs a 4-0 advantage. Heck’s double chased Stubblefield from the game with Matt Kent taking over in relief until game was postponed.

Stubblefield is on the hook for the loss lasting just one inning allowing four runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.

The Aggies lone run thus far came in the fifth as Jace Statum scored on a Trevor Fitts wild pitch. Fitts was at 84 pitches through six innings giving up an unearned run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

Heck is State’s leading hitter going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Cole Lankford is also 2-for-3 with a double for the Aggies.

Tonight’s Game 2 will feature junior left-hander Ross Mitchell (6-3, 2.13 ERA) on the mound for the Bulldogs while A&M counters with junior righty Daniel Mengden (2-6, 4.09 ERA).

logan.lowery@journalinc.com