MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Coming off big weekend against Ole Miss, Mississippi State rode the momentum on its way to a 15-4 win over Alabama State in midweek action Wednesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Diamond Dawgs improved to 18-16 (4-8 SEC), while Alabama State fell to 17-15.
State took a commanding lead early by scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning. Luke Alexander doubled and scored Jake Mangum, Hunter Stovall scored Alexander on a single, Tanner Allen scored on an error, Jordan Westburg hit a two-run homer (first of the year) to left center and Dustin Skelton scored the final run of the frame off a single by Alexander.
MSU scored two runs in the third inning, one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to take a 12-0 lead.
All of Alabama State’s four runs came in the seventh inning to make it a 12-4 ballgame.
The Diamond Dawgs added three more runs to their lead in the eighth inning. Skelton doubled and scored Westburg, Rowdey Jordan’s sac-fly scored Skelton and Allen’s single scored Elijah MacNamee for a 15-4 game-ending score.
State’s big offensive night was good enough for 23 hits, a new season-high. Mangum, Stovall, Skelton and Westburg each had three hits.
The Hornets had 14 hits.
Denver McQuary (1-1) earned the win. He pitched five shutout innings on five hits. He struck out four batters and walked two.
Riley Self, Cole Marsh and Keegan James also pitched for the MSU.
Ivanniel Vazquez (1-4) was charged with the loss. He pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 10 runs on 14 hits.
State will return to SEC play with a three-game series at No. 21 Auburn this weekend. The action begins with a nationally-televised game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network.