In the second game of their Texas road trip, the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team throttled Nicholls State 14-4 at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Bulldogs victory came thanks to 19 hits and a solid performance from the pitching duo of Ethan Small and Denver McQuary.
Small got the start for Mississippi State, throwing 97 pitches in 6.0 innings, striking out 8 of the 27 batters he faced. In that time, he gave up 3 runs, but none of them were earned. In McQuary’s 3.0 innings, he struck out a pair of the Colonels’ batters while only allowing 1 run.
At the plate, Mississippi State had no shortage of hits or runs and it started early. Josh Hatcher scored the first run of the day with a ground out RBI, bringing Jake Mangum home. Tanner Allen’s double to center would bring two more runs home and a single from Elijah MacNamee would give MSU a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
In the 3rd, MacNamee would fly out, scoring Luke Alexander, extending the lead to 5-0. An inning later, the Bulldogs’s offense exploded, putting 8 more runs on the board. The 13-0 lead is the largest lead that Mississippi State has had all season.
Nicholls State would cut the lead to 13-3 with a 3 run homer, all of the runs were unearned. Both teams would tack on another run, Nicholls State in the 6th inning and Mississippi State in the 9th, bringing up the final score of 14-4.
Mississippi State will play their final game in Corpus Christi tomorrow before heading down toward the border to play in Edinburg, Texas against UT Rio Grande Valley on Monday.