ARLINGTON, Texas — The No. 7 Mississippi State baseball team opened the 2021 season with an 8-3 win over No. 9 Texas in the State Farm College Baseball Showdown on Saturday at Globe Life Field.
The Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 SEC) scored two runs in the top of the second inning, two in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and six innings and two in the eighth inning. Texas (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) scored a run in the fifth inning and two in the ninth.
Offensively, the Bulldogs were led by junior Luke Hancock with three hits, two RBIs and two runs. Sophomore Drew McGowan added two hits and an RBI, while senior Tanner Allen also tallied two hits. Senior Rowdey Jordan went 1-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.
MSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Hancock reached first on a two-out walk, graduate student Scotty Dubrule then singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Junior Landon Jordan singled to score one run before McGowan’s single scored Landon Jordan to make it 2-0.
Hancock homered in the fourth inning to make it 3-0 before Dubrule drew a walk and came around to score on a throwing error to make it 4-0.
Allen led the fifth inning off with a single through the left side. He then advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Hancock to make it a 5-0 ballgame. The Longhorns got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth when redshirt sophomore Ivan Melendez homered to left field to make it 5-1. Texas then loaded the bases with nobody out in the inning, but the Longhorns were unable to produce any runs.
MSU tacked on anther run in the sixth when Landon Jordan drew a walk, moved to third on a single by McGowan and scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-1. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the eighth on a solo home run by Rowdey Jordan and an RBI double by Hancock to make it 8-1.
Texas scored two more runs in the bottom of the ninth on hits from redshirt junior Zach Zubia, Melendez and redshirt freshman Silas Ardoin, but that was all, and the Bulldogs earned the 8-3 win.
Junior southpaw Christian MacLeod got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and allowed one run on six hits in four innings of work. He fanned seven batters. Sophomore right-hander Landon Sims (1-0) tossed four innings in relief, retiring all 12 batters he faced with 10 strikeouts.
Graduate student Riley Self then allowed two earned runs on three hits with one out before graduate student Spencer Price got the final two outs.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Ty Madden (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Longhorns as he allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Bulldogs return to action Sunday when they face No. 11 TCU at 11 a.m. CT.