For 13 innings, neither Mississippi State nor Louisiana-Monroe could push a run across the plate, and with two outs in the bottom of the 14th, it looked like the scoreless game could continue. However, Jake Mangum sent everyone home with a two-out RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory over the Warhawks in Mississippi State's first game at MGM Park in Biloxi.
In the 14th inning, Ryan Gridley hit a one-out double and advanced to third on an error. He would later score on Mangum's single, his only hit of the contest. ULM limited the Bulldogs to just seven hits, and Gridley was the only Bulldog with multiple hits in the contest.
Nine Bulldogs pitched in the combined shutout effort.
Zac Houston drew the start, pitching two innings before giving way to Blake Smith. After an inning of work from Smith, Kyle Breaux entered for 1.1 innings on the mound. Ryan Cyr and Daniel Brown each tossed three innings after Breaux, and Jacob Billingsley handled the next two innings. Ethan Small and Paul Young picked up an out each, and Keegan James (3-0) picked up the win for his efforts in the 14th.
Tyler Schwaner (0-1) took the loss for ULM (15-22).
Mississippi State coach John Cohen said the stadium presented a few challenges for the Bulldogs (25-12-1).
"This is a big park and you really can’t hit the ball in the air here," Cohen said. "We did that too much in this game."
While Mississippi State may not have been looking for a 14 inning game, Cohen said it did provide some benefit.
“We used a bunch of arms that needed some work,” Cohen said. “We really didn’t need to play 14 innings, but we got a lot of guys a lot of good work in pressure situations. You have a lot of games like this in the SEC, so it’s good to be in these types of situations.”