COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 6 Mississippi State baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 14 Texas A&M Saturday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to claim the Southeastern Conference win.
MSU (38-10, 15-9 SEC) won the opening game of the serires by a score of 4-0 on Friday. Texas A&M (32-17-1, 12-11-1 SEC) won the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday 1-0, before State took the series finale, 4-3.
GAME 1 – No. 6 Mississippi State 0, No. 14 Texas A&M 1
Freshman right-hander JT Ginn (8-3) allowed just one run on just three hits in six innings of work, but was charged with the loss in another pitcher’s duel. He struck out seven batters and walked two.
Both teams were limited to just three hits overall. Senior Jake Mangum, sophomore Tanner Allen and sophomore Rowdey Jordan recorded hits in the contest. Texas A&M got the only run of the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Junior Braden Shewmake drew a one-out walk before coming around to score on an RBI double down the right field line from sophomore Zach DeLoach,
Sophomore Asa Lacy (7-3) earned the win after tossing seven scoreless innnings where he allowed three hits, walked four batters and struck out eight.
GAME 2 – No. 6 Mississippi State 4, No. 14 Texas A&M 3
State took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Mangum began the game with a leadoff single through the left side. After back-to-back outs, senior Elijah MacNamee singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Sophomore Justin Foscue brought Mangum home with an RBI single up the middle.
State added a run to its lead in the second inning after freshman Luke Hancock drew a walk and later scored on an RBI single from Mangum.
Junior Gunner Halter hit a a one-out double in the fourth inning after pinch hitting for Hancock. A sacrifice fly moved him over to third. Mangum was then intentionally walked before sophomore Jordan Westburg drew a walk to load the bases. A bases-loaded walk to Allen then scored Halter to make it a 3-0 ballgame.
The Aggies scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning after junior Bryce Blaum sent a ball over the left field fence to make it 3-1.
A two-out home run from Foscue in the top of the seventh added one more run to State’s lead.
Texas A&M then rallied in the bottom half of the seventh. Junior Mikey Hoehner doubled to begin the inning before junior Cam Blake hit an RBI triple to make it 4-2. A sacrifice fly then made it 4-3. The Aggies managed back-to-back two-out singles, but a final flyout ended the game.
Senior right-hander Peyton Plumlee (4-3) was solid in six innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits while earning the win. He struck out one batter. Senior Jared Liebelt pitched the seventh and surrendered two singles, but allowed no runs and struck out one batter while earning his fourth save on the year.
Sophomore Christian Roa (2-2) was charged with the Texas A&M loss after allowing two runs on five hits in 1 1⁄3 innings. He struck out a batter and walked a batter.
MSU will be back in action Wednesday when they host Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by SEC Network+.