ARLINGTON, Texas — The No. 7 Mississippi State baseball team concluded the State Farm College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field with an 11-5 win over No. 4 Texas Tech Monday afternoon.
MSU (2-1, 0-0 SEC) used a run in the eighth inning and five insurance runs in the ninth to secure the victory over Texas Tech (0-3, 0-0 Big 12). The Red Raiders left 13 runners on base and went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The Bulldogs outhit Texas Tech 12-6 and were led by senior Rowdey Jordan, senior Josh Hatcher, junior Luke Hancock and graduate student Scotty Dubrule with two hits apiece. Hancock and Jordan accounted for three RBIs.
Freshman right-hander Jackson Fristoe got his first career start on the mound for MSU and tossed three scoreless innings with zero hits allowed. He fanned four batters and walked three.
Junior southpaw Cameron Tullar then allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in 1 1⁄3 innings in relief. He struck out two batters and walked three. Graduate student righty Carlisle Koestler (1-0) pitched 2 2⁄3 innings, allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Sophomore right-hander KC Hunt and graduate student right-hander Spencer Price both pitched an inning of scoreless baseball.
Freshman left-hander Jamie Hitt (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Red Raiders after allowing three runs on four hits in 2 1⁄3 innings of relief pitching.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Hancock drew a two-out walk and was plated on an RBI single from junior Brad Cumbest.
Texas Tech tied things up at 1-1 in bottom of the fourth when freshman Jace Jung singled and scored on an RBI double from junior Braxton Fulford.
A two-RBI single from Jordan put the Bulldogs up 3-1 in the top of the fifth, but the Red Raiders took a 4-3 lead in the bottom half on an RBI single from sophomore Dru Baker, a Bulldog wild pitch and an RBI single from sophomore Cole Stilwell.
In the top of the sixth inning, Hatcher drew a walk and Hancock followed with a home run to right field to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead. In the bottom half, junior Dylan Neuse drew a walk to lead things off before a single from redshirt freshman Cal Conley allowed Neuse to advance to third. He scored on a fielder’s choice to tie things up at 5-5.
Sophomore Logan Tanner started the top of the eighth with a single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch with one out before advancing to third on a fielder’s choice. He scored on an infield hit from Dubrule to give MSU a 6-5 lead.
The Bulldogs got five insurance runs in the ninth inning to take a game-ending 11-5 lead. Sophomore Drew McGowan led the inning off with a walk. Jordan then hit a triple to plate him before crossing home on an RBI single from sophomore Kamren James. Then with runners at second and third with two outs, Hatcher chopped a grounder to the pitcher. The first baseman did not cover the bag, which allowed two more MSU runners to cross home plate. Hancock drove Hatcher in with a single.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday when they host Jackson State at Dudy Noble Field at 4 p.m. CT. The contest will air on SEC Network+.