STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 15 Mississippi State scored three runs in the seventh inning to down the UAB Blazers 3-2 Wednesday evening at Dudy Noble Field.
MSU improves to 4-0 on the year, while the Blazers are handed their first loss of the year and move to 3-1.
MSU was held hitless until sophomore Justin Foscue singled to left to break up the no-hitter. He then advanced to third after a wild pitch and ground out. Foscue scored after junior Dustin Skelton hit a single of his own to make it 2-1.
Junior Gunner Halter then reached first on an error, while Foscue moved up to second. Both runners moved up a base on a Blazer wild pitch before senior leader Jake Mangum brought them home on his two-RBI single to right field to give the Diamond Dawgs a 3-2 lead.
Senior right-hander Peyton Plumlee got the start on the mound for MSU and pitched 4 2⁄3 innings in the contest. He allowed two runs—both earned—on seven hits. He struck out three batters and walked none.
Freshman Brandon Smith then pitched a perfect 1 1⁄3 innings, striking out three batters and allowing no hits.
Junior right-hander Riley Self (1-0) earned the win after pitching a hitless eighth inning. Cole Gordon pitched the final two innings and earned first save of the season. He allowed just one hit while striking out four batters and walking one.
UAB’s starter, righty Graham Ashcraft, pitched 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing no runs and no hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two. Riley Davis (1-1) is charged with the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, on three hits.
The Diamond Dawgs will now host Southern Miss this weekend for a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. CT at Dudy Noble Field.