STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State baseball team opened up the 2020 schedule with a 9-6 win over Wright State Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
MSU got out to a 1-0 lead when Rowdey Jordan singled up the middle, advanced to third on a single from Jordan Westburg and was plated when Tanner Allen grounded out.
After a flyout began the second inning for the Bulldogs, Josh Hatcher singled to third. Kamren James followed with a single of his own to put two runners on for Landon Jordan who hit a single of his own. A fielding error on the play allowed Hatcher to score and make it a 2-0 game.
Wright State tied things up at 2-2 in the third inning when JT Ginn allowed a run via balk and an RBI triple from Tyler Black.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Raiders used four hits to score three runs to take a 5-2 lead, A trio of singles loaded the bases before a double from Zane Harris cleared the bases. Westburg led off by drawing a walk in State’s half of the fifth. He then made his way to third on a pair of errors and scored when Justin Foscue grounded out to make it 5-3.
MSU then used a six-run sixth inning to take a 9-5 lead. After Logan Tanner grounded out, Hatcher doubled to left center. James then singled to put runners on the corners. L. Jordan drew a walk to load the bases before R. Jordan came through with a single to right field to plate two runs. Two more runs scored on a double from Foscue. The final run of the frame came from a throwing error.
The seventh and eighth innings saw no runs. In the ninth, the Raiders scored a run, but MSU held on for a 9-6 win.
R. Jordan, L. Jordan and James led the offense with two hits apiece., while Foscue drew in a team-high three runs on one hit.
Right-hander Chase Patrick (1-0) earned the win after throwing two innings of scoreless baseball. He walked two batters and struck out one. Starting pitcher JT Ginn worked through three innings where he allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out four batters and walked two.
Left-hander Jared Shemper earned the save.
Daniel Kreuzer was charged with the loss for Wright State. He allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5 1⁄3 innings. He finished with three strikeouts and four walks.
The teams will return to the diamond on Saturday for a 2 p.m. CT first pitch. The game can be watched on SEC Network+.