STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team managed only two runs on three hits in a 7-2 loss to Oregon State Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 5-1, while the Beavers improve to 3-4.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Redshirt sophomore Cole Hamilton drew a one-out walk. A single up the middle from senior Andy Armstrong then put two runners on. An error moved the runners up before a wild pitch scored Hamilton.
Oregon State then extended its lead by a run in the fourth inning. Hamilton led the inning off with a ground-rule double. Armstrong followed with a single to put runners on the corners. The damage was limited to just one run as the Bulldogs managed to get a double-play ball. In the bottom half of the fourth, junior Justin Foscue homered to left center to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
State managed to tie things up at 2-2 in the sixth inning when junior Tanner Allen hit a two-out single and came around to score on an RBI double from Foscue.
The Beavers then struck for four runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-2 lead. A pair of one-out singles and a walk loaded the bases. Redshirt junior Alex McGarry brought home one run with a single. Another runner came in to score on a flyout before junior Troy Claunch’s two-RBI double made it 6-2.
Oregon State got an insurance run in the ninth when junior Kyler McMahan drew a walk, advanced to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from junior Richie Mascareñas to make it a 7-2 game-winning score.
Sophomore right-hander Eric Cerantola got the start on the mound and threw five innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out six batters and walked five.
Senior righty Riley Self then struck out one batter and allowed one hit in one inning of work.
Junior southpaw Jared Shemper 0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out two batters and walked two in 1 1⁄3 innings of work.
Junior right-hander Jaxen Forrester threw the final 1 2⁄3 innings and allowed one run on two hits, truck out one batter and walked one.
Freshman lefty Cooper Hjerpe (1-1) was credited with the Beaver win after tossing 3 1⁄3 innings, allowing no runs on no hits to go with three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday when they host Texas Southern at 4 p.m. CT. The game can be streamed via SEC Network+.