By From school reports
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Whataburger Classic hasn’t proven to be very tasty for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs (9-5) lost for the second time in 24 hours in the event, losing 5-2 to No. 10 UCLA on Saturday.
With the victory, the Bruins improved to 12-0.
UCLA sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer (3-0) dominated the Bulldogs. A freshman All-American last season, Bauer struck out 15, while allowing three hits. Bauer was lifted after an RBI double by Ryan Collins broke up the shutout in the ninth inning.
The inability to score ruined a strong outing by Bulldog freshman right-hander Chris Stratton (Tupelo). In his fourth start for MSU, Stratton (2-2) worked 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and five runs (three earned), with six strikeouts and three walks.
Stratton and Caleb Reed combined to strike out nine Bruins, while holding UCLA to six total hits – their lowest output of the season.
UCLA scored a single run in the first inning and stretched its advantage by scoring four times on only one base hit in the sixth inning. A pair of critical MSU errors allowed a pair of unearned runs to come home.
Mississippi State brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth.
Luke Adkins led off with a walk and stole second ahead of Collins’ RBI double, then Jet Butler greeted Bruins reliever Dan Klein with a one-out RBI single to score Collins. Klein followed with a strikeout and a walk, then coaxed and game-ending groundout from Ryan Duffy.
MSU’s Connor Powers went 2-for-4 for half of the team’s four hits. The first baseman has had nine hits in the squad’s last four games.
The Bulldogs close tournament play today with a 3 p.m. doubleheader against the host squad from Texas A&M-CC.