STARKVILLE, Miss. — A winless Texas Southern team came in to Starkville and upset the No. 4 Mississippi State baseball team, 8-4, Tuesday evening at Dudy Noble Field.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 5-2, while the Tigers improve to 1-9.
MSU scored four runs on seven hits compared to eight runs on six hits by TSU.
The Bulldogs plated the first two runs of the game in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Junior Rowdey Jordan singled to begin things. Junior Jordan Westburg was then hit by a pitch to put two base runners on. Junior Tanner Allen’s single to right field then loaded the bases. One run came in to score on a sacrifice fly by junior Justin Foscue and the other run scored on a fielder’s choice.
TSU scored three runs on two hits in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Junior Victor Bueno singled to right to begin the inning. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases. A pair of sacrifice flies scored two runs before a single from junior Justin Cooper scored the third run of the frame.
The Bulldogs knotted things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the second after Jordan reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI double by Westburg.
After a scoreless third inning, the Tigers scored four runs on three hits. Redshirt freshman Roderick Coffee reached on a fielder’s choice and freshman Reuben Bennevendo followed with a single to put two runners on. After a strikeout, Cooper drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one run before an error scored the second and a two-RBI single from Bueno made it a 7-3 ballgame.
TSU added a run in the eighth inning to push the lead to 8-3. Bennevendo reached first on an error. A hit batter moved him to second and a double steal put runners on second and third. He then scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the ninth inning when Foscue hit an RBI single, but that was all, as MSU dropped the midweek contest.
Graduate student David Dunlavey (1-1) was charged with the Bulldog loss. He allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits in 3 1⁄3 innings pitched. He fanned four batters and walked two.
Freshman Camden Guarnere (1-0) was credited with the Tiger win after pitching the first five innings,, He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three batters.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Wednesday when they host Alcorn State at 2 p.m. CT. The game can be streamed on SEC Network+.