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6-Run 8th Inning Fuels Mississippi State Past Oregon State

Bulldogs improve to 4-0.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Down 2-0, the No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team used six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Oregon State Beavers, 6-2, Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 4-0, while the Beavers fall to 2-3.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after RBI singles from senior Andy Armstrong in the fifth and junior Troy Claunch in the eighth.

MSU tied the game when junior Justin Foscue brought home junior Rowdey Jordan and junior Jordan Westburg with a two-RBI single through the left side. Sophomore Brandon Pimental then homered over the right field wall to drive in three more runs and give Mississippi State its first lead of the day. State scored its final run of the day on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs started graduate right-hander Carlisle Koestler. He went three full innings, struck out four, walked two and allowed just two hits in 68 pitches.

He was relieved by freshman righty Landon Sims to start the fourth. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work. He fanned three batters and walked three batters.

Right-hander graduate student David Dunlavey (1-0) got the win for MSU after pitching three innings, giving up two hits and one run.

Graduate student Spencer Price pitched a clean ninth inning.

Freshman lefty Cooper Hjerpe (0-1) was charged with the Oregon State loss after allowing three runs on three hits.

The teams continue the three-game series Saturday at Dudy Noble Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network+.