LONG BEACH, Calif. — The No. 4 Mississippi State baseball team was held to just one hit in a 4-0 series-opening loss to Long Beach State Friday night at Blair Field.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 6-3, while the Dirtbags improve to 7-2.
Long Beach State took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Redshirt senior Calvin Estrada led the inning off with a single. After a flyout, redshirt freshman Connor Kokx hit a single of his own. A groundout put two runners on second and third before senior Aidan Malm’s single to center field scored two runs.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Dirtbags scored two more runs to take a 4-0 lead. Malm led the inning off with a single. Sophomore Tyler Porter brought him home with an RBI double to left center. Porter then stole third and scored on a throwing error to end the game’s scoring.
Junior Tanner Leggett had the only hit for MSU as the Bulldogs were outhit eight to one.
Graduate student Carlisle Koestler (0-1) got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1⁄3 innings of work. He struck out two batters.
Graduate David Dunlavey and junior Jaxen Forrester pitched 1 1⁄3 and one-third of an inning, respectively.
Junior southpaw Adam Seminaris (1-0) earned the win for the Dirtbags after allowing just one hit and striking out 10 batters and eight innings pitched.
The teams will be back on the diamond Saturday for a 5 p.m. CT first pitch.