Coming off of a slump in three consecutive appearances, Dakota Hudson has pulled off two incredible performances back to back, first against Missouri and now Auburn.
The aforementioned player pitched his first shutout of the season, throwing a complete game nine innings, giving up six hits and striking out six. It looks like Hudson is coming back into his old form. It could be the caliber of opponent that's helping him, but regardless, Dakota has thrown beautifully in consecutive outings.
Overall, we were solid at the plate. State strung together four runs off 11 hits. We could've easily put more run production on the board, as we stranded nine runners. Who knows how many more runs we could've put up had Brent Rooker not been thrown out at home in the 3rd inning. Compared to past games, the hitting wasn't great, but it got the job done.
State started out in a bit of a slump, not scoring in the first two innings, but State was able to plate three runs in the 3rd, thanks to a Jack Kruger solo shot, a Brent Rooker double that scored Nate Lowe, and a Reid Humphreys single that scored Gavin Collins. State took a 4-0 advantage in the 6th after a John Holland single that scored Jacob Robson. From that point, Dakota Hudson took the reigns and paved the way for another victory.
This game is Mississippi State's first SEC shutout since defeating Alabama 1-0 on May 16, 2014, excluding this year's Governor's Cup. The Bulldogs improve to 35-14-1 and will look to clinch the series from Auburn, Saturday at 3:30 PM on the SEC Network.