KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (MSU Athletics) - After collecting just one run over the first seven innings, the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program got a single run in the eighth to knot the and tallied four runs in the 11th inning to claim a 6-3 series-opening victory over Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Field on Friday (April 5) evening.
The Diamond Dawgs (26-5, 6-4 SEC) got a single run in the first inning, before the Volunteers (22-9, 3-7 SEC) tallied two in the bottom of the first. State got a run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk to senior Elijah MacNamee, before the Maroon and White tallied four runs in the top of the 11th inning. Tennessee scratched across a single run in the 11th to account for the 6-4 final.
Senior Jake Mangum posted his fourth-straight multi-hit game and moved his name atop the Mississippi State all-time hits chart, passing Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) with his third hit of the game. His four-hit game moved his total to 337 hits and jump him into the top five in Southeastern Conference history, passing Taylor Dugas (334; 2009-12) of Alabama and Rea to push his name into the No. 4 spot on the conference’s all-time ledger.
With five total bases, Mangum moved his career total to 436 and passed Will Clark (433; 1983-85) for No. 8 on the total bases list. He also collected his 51st stolen base to push him into No. 6 all-time at State, tying Pete White (1980-83).
Redshirt-junior Ethan Small tossed seven innings and struck out 11 batters for this sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He did not issue a walk in pushing his SEC-leading strikeout total to 78 on the season in the no decision.
Senior Jared Liebelt threw two scoreless frames allowing just one hit, while redshirt-junior Trysten Barlow (2-1) fired a scoreless 10th inning to earn his second win of the season. Graduate student Cole Gordon entered in the 11th inning and allowed one run on two hits to close out the victory.