By Logan Lowery
PEARL – It took 11 innings, but No. 17 Mississippi State was able to outlast Southern Miss 4-3 at Trustmark Park on Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles walked the bases loaded – two of which were intentional – in the bottom of the 11th, then reliever Ryan Milton uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop allowing Derrick Armstrong to score the winning run.
The win was MSU’s first in extra innings this season and extends its winning streak over the Golden Eagles to six games.
“We had so many offensive opportunities where we could have cashed in,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “I felt like there were 10 runs out there that we didn’t take advantage of. Southern Miss just kept hanging in there.”
The Diamond Dogs (21-13) collected 10 hits in the contest, led by Brett Pirtle, who was 3-for-4 with three singles. Armstrong went 2-for-3 at the dish with three runs scored, while Gavin Collins was 2-for-4.
Holder holds it
Jonathan Holder picked up the win, improving to 3-1 on the season. Holder pitched 1 2⁄3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. The pitching combination of Holder, Ben Bracewell, Brandon Woodruff and Jacob Lindgren combined for 16 strikeouts.
Mississippi State got on the board in the bottom of the second when Collins drove Armstrong in from second. The Bulldogs added another run in the next frame on an RBI single from C.T. Bradford.
Southern Miss tied things up in the top of the fourth. Mason Robbins came up with a clutch two-run single with two outs.
MSU went back ahead in the bottom half of the inning when Jake Vickerson grounded into a bases-loaded double play.
The Golden Eagles knotted the score once more in the top of the eighth against Lindgren. Matt Durst dropped a bloop two-out single into center scoring Michael Sterling.
USM (19-15) finished with seven hits, led by Dylan Burdeaux, who had the game’s only extra-base hit with a double.
Golden Eagles starter Cody Carroll lasted 5 1⁄3 innings, giving up two earned runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs return to action this weekend, hosting Ole Miss for Super Bulldog Weekend starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.