Fresh off of a 4-0 victory in game one, Mississippi State exploded in game two, taking down the Tigers 16-6.
Per the norm for Saturday games, Austin Sexton started on the bump for State. In 6 2/3 innings, he gave up six hits, six runs, and struck out eight. It wasn't his best performance by any means, but half of his runs given up did come from a three run shot in the 6th. Daniel Brown replaced Sexton in the 7th and gave up two hits, no runs, and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings of work.
On Friday, the pitching won the game for the Bulldogs. Saturday was the complete opposite. Mississippi State was able to plate 16 runs off 21 (!!!) hits, which included three home runs. State didn't get any production on the board in the first inning, but an eight run 2nd inning ultimately decided this game. Two of State's three dingers came in that inning alone, a three run shot from Gavin Collins and a solo shot from Brent Rooker.
Rooker went on to hit another solo shot in the 5th, and State tacked on seven more runs to close the game out, six of which were in the final two innings.
I think it's pretty safe to say that this team is a hitting team. The bats can be inconsistent at times, but for the most part, we've been able to murder opponents at the plate; tonight was a prime example.
Mississippi State improves to 36-14-1, 17-9 and will look to complete their second consecutive sweep on Sunday at 1:00 PM on the SEC Network +.