Pitching, offense help MSU baseball even series with Auburn

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics) - The 18th largest crowd in program history watched as the No. 2 Mississippi State baseball program evened its series with No. 16 Auburn behind a dominant pitching performance from freshman JT Ginn and a 20-hit barrage from the offense, equating to a 15-2 victory on Saturday (March 23) at Dudy Noble Field.

In front of 12,343 fans – the 51st crowd of 10,000-plus in program history – Ginn (6-0) worked a career-high-tying seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one batter, hit one batter and struck out six to win his sixth-straight decision to begin his career. He allowed one run in the second and one in the eighth, retiring 11-straight batters between the fourth and seventh innings.

The Bulldog (21-3, 3-2 SEC) offense churned out a season-high 20 hits against five Tiger (20-3, 4-1 SEC) pitchers, including six for extra bases. Eight walks and a pair of Auburn errors helped the cause, leading to the 15-run outburst.

Five MSU hitters contributed multi-hit games, led by a four-hit day from senior Jake Mangum. Sophomores Rowdey Jordan and Jordan Westburg, and junior Gunner Halter each posted three-hit games, while sophomore Justin Foscue added a two-hit effort. Westburg accounted for five RBIs in the contest, while Rowdey Jordan and Landon Jordan each drove in two RBIs.