STARKVILLE, Miss. – On another cold night, Mississippi State pitching remained hot Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
Preston Brown, Ross Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren combined on an eight-hit shutout as MSU ran its win streak to seven straight with a 3-0 college baseball win over South Alabama.
Ross Mitchell threw 3.1 innings in relief of Brown, who started. Mitchell faced 13 batters and allowed three hits. Lindgren closed the contest earning his first save, thanks in part to a one-pitch double play ball helping the Maroon and White escape an eighth inning jam.
Coming on the heels of a 9-0 win over Eastern Illinois Sunday, the Bulldog trio made it back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the 2011 season.
“I think it goes without saying that I thought we pitched it really well tonight,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “The three guys on the mound did an excellent job commanding the strike zone with different pitches. The story of this game is how we defended the whole field and pitched it.”
Offensively, the Bulldogs did enough with two scores in the first inning and another score in the third inning.
South Alabama (5-7) also made two of its three errors in the first inning to advance the MSU cause. After the miscues set the table, Alex Detz, Wes Rea and Brett Pirtle put together consecutive hits. Detz drove in one run, while Pirtle drove in the other.
In the third inning, Detz hit his second career home run – a line shot to right field.
While MSU only collected five hits, that would be more than enough offense to support the dominant pitching.
“I look up and see just five hits but I really thought our guys smoked some baseballs and just didn’t get credit for them.
“There’s no question that when (Detz’s home run) happens in a ballpark like this, you get energized seeing somebody hitting that well like he did. I think his last 4-5 ballgames he’s hit a lot of barrels and didn’t get a lot to show for it. It’s a confidence issue for him until you look and see his on-base percentage and how many walks he has. He’s just a really valuable member of this ball club for how often he gets to first base. It’s so tough to pitch to Wes Rea when he’s standing on first base.”
MSU only managed three base runners over the final five at-bats but had done enough.
Detz and Rea each had multiple hits for MSU.
Hayden Jones had three of the Jaguars’ 10 hits.