Dakota Hudson got back on track and regained his early season form as the Mississippi State Bulldogs (31-14-1, 13-9 SEC) took down the Missouri Tigers (24-23, 7-15 SEC) with a score of 8-2. In 41 at bats, State racked up 19 hits to hit .463 on the night. Of the 19 hits on the evening, four were for extra bases, including two home runs.
The Tigers actually struck first on the evening and brought in a run in the second inning after a couple of singles and a one-out RBI groundout to take a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs. But Mississippi State would clearly not stay down. Brent Rooker would get the Bulldogs on board with a first pitch, lead off home run to tie the game. After Ryan Gridley was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a ground out, Jake Mangum would bring him home with a RBI single to take a 2-1 lead.
State would be held scoreless for a few frames but would tack on three more runs in the fifth inning. With one out and Jack Kruger having gotten on base from a double, Nate Lowe would hit his fourth home run of the year, a two run shot to right field. Gavin Collins and Brent Rooker would both get on base with singles and then Robson would bring Collins home with a single of his own, extending the lead to 5-1.
A Nate Lowe RBI single in the sixth, a John Holland RBI single to left field in the 7th, and a Gavin Collins RBI sacrifice fly would bring the score to 8-1 heading into the ninth inning. Mizzou would then attempt the long shot comeback and would bring home a run in the ninth but couldn't get the score any closer, bringing the score to 8-2.
Dakota Hudson (7-3) faced 31 batters and surrendered seven hits to the Tigers, but struck out a career high eleven batters on the evening and only gave up a single earned run. Blake Smith would come in to relieve Hudson in the top of the ninth inning to get the final two outs of the evening.
Also, for what it's worth, this team has some very, very good players who had very good performances this evening:
That's the Dakota I saw in Nashville a while back. Good to see. https://t.co/hbgCbbwctC— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) May 6, 2016
Jake Mangum: .431 batting avg— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 6, 2016
That would be the highest @HailStateBB bat avg since... Will Clark hit .420 (1985) pic.twitter.com/3wl3JiUvss
Final from Dudy Noble, MSU takes game 1 from Missouri 8-2 behind Dakota Hudson's 11 strikeouts and Nate Lowe's 5 hits.— Bulldog Sports Radio (@BulldogsRadio) May 6, 2016
With the win, the Bulldogs are 6-0 against the Missouri Tigers all time and State improves to 19-9 at home. Mississippi State will look to win the series and will play game two with the Tigers tomorrow evening at 7:00. If you can't make it out to Dudy Noble, you can watch the game on ESPNU.