STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics) - Pitching and playing good defense will keep you in a lot of games. Hitting three home runs will help you win a lot of games, as well. Combine those two coach-isms and you have the recipe that the No. 9 Mississippi State baseball program used in its 8-1 victory over No. 21 Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
Junior Dustin Skelton posted the first multi-home run game of his career with two home runs and sophomore Justin Foscue added his second home run of the season to lead the offense. Both Foscue and Skelton had three-hit days, while seniors Marshall Gilbert and Jake Mangum each chipped in a pair of hits to pace the 13-hit attack for the Maroon and White.
On the other side of things, Mississippi State rode the right arm of freshman JT Ginn through the first seven innings. Ginn’s outing included a career-high nine strikeouts, just one walk and two hits allowed. He improved to 2-0 on the year and hasn’t allowed a run over his last 11 innings of work.
State opened the scoring with four runs in the second inning, with Foscue leading off the frame with a solo home run to right field. Six of the next seven batters reached base for MSU, including three-straight RBI singles by Jake Mangum, Jordan Westburg and Tanner Allen.
Skelton drove in the next three runs with a two-run home run in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh, before Mangum created the Bulldogs’ final run in the eighth inning.
Southern Miss got its lone tally on a Will McGillis RBI single in the eighth inning, which followed a one-out triple by Gabe Montenegro