STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team secured a series win over the Oregon State Beavers with a 7-4 win Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs (5-0) scored a run in the first inning, three in the second, two in the fourth and one in the sixth. The Beavers (2-4) scored two runs in the fourth and two in the ninth.
Junior Rowdey Jordan and junior Jordan Westburg drew back-to-back walks to begin the game. After two outs, sophomore Brandon Pimentel brought home Jordan with a single through the left side.
Sophomore Landon Jordan began the bottom of the second inning by drawing a walk. After a pair of outs, R. Jordan singled, which was followed by a hit batter to load the bases. A trio of bases-loaded walks scored three runs to make it 4-0.
After a scoreless third inning, the Beavers used an RBI single by junior Troy Claunch and a sacrifice fly by freshman J.D. McLaughlin to make it a 4-2 ballgame. In the bottom of the fourth, junior Josh Hatcher homered to left field to make it 5-2 before a bases-loaded hit by pitch made it 6-2.
An RBI single from freshman Logan Tanner extended the Bulldog lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning.
A two-run home run from redshirt junior Alex McGarry cut the deficit to three runs for the Beavers in the ninth inning, but a strikeout and flyout ended the game.
Oregon State out-hit Mississippi State, 8-7, but the Beavers walked 11 and hit two batters in the game.
Hatcher and Pimentel led the offense with one hit, scored one run and drove in two RBIs.
Redshirt freshman left-hander Christian MacLeod (2-0) threw five innings and struck out seven to earn his second win of the season. The southpaw allowed two runs on five hits and walked one.
Freshman right-hander Will Bednar then pitched the next three innings and didn’t allow a run as he struck out five and walked two. Junior righty Chase Patrick gave up a pair of runs in one inning of work with one strikeout.
Sophomore right-hander Jake Pfennigs (1-1) was charged with the Oregon State loss. He worked 1 2⁄3 innings and allowed four runs on two hits. He walked five batters, hit one and struck out three.
The Bulldogs will look for the series sweep on Sunday with a 1 p.m. CT first pitch at Dudy Noble Field. The game can be watched on SEC Network+.