Mississippi State Baseball splits doubleheader to take series at No. 15 Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - After dropping the first game of the doubleheader, 1-0, the No. 6 Mississippi State baseball program took the series finale, 4-3, to win its third SEC road series of the season at No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday (May 4) afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Senior Peyton Plumlee (4-3) was solid for the third-straight start against a ranked opponent in the series finale, working six innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out one and didn’t issue a walk to pick up his second-straight win over a top-15 opponent.

The Diamond Dawgs (38-10, 15-9 SEC) scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings, getting RBIs from sophomore Justin Foscue and Tanner Allen, along with senior Jake Mangum. Texas A&M’s (32-17-1, 12-11-1 SEC) first run came on a Bryce Blaum solo home run in the sixth. Foscue added his 13th home run of the season in the seventh, a solo shot to left field, which would account for the game-winning run.

Texas A&M made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, as Plumlee allowed a double and triple to start the inning, the second hit scoring a run. Senior Jared Liebelt entered and got two outs, the second of the sacrifice fly variety, before stranding two runners on base to seal the win and earn his fourth save of the season.

The first game was also a pitchers dual between MSU freshman JT Ginn and Texas A&M sophomore Asa Lacy. Ginn (8-3) threw six innings and surrendered the lone run of the game on a two-out double in the sixth. He allowed just three hits, struck out seven and walked two in the loss.

Sophomores Allen and Rowdey Jordan each chipped in one hit. Mangum accounted for the third hit of game one and also walked. Junior Dustin Skelton walked twice in the first game of the day, while junior Gunner Halter also reached via base on balls.