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No. 6 Mississippi State baseball wins series over Tulane with 5-4 walk-off win

Bulldogs improve to 5-2.

Taylor Fikes/Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Senior Tanner Allen’s ninth-inning single plated two runs as the No. 6 Mississippi State baseball team walked off with a 5-4 series-clinching win over Tulane Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 5-2 (0-0 SEC), while the Green Wave fall to 3-4 (0-0 AAC).

Tulane outhit MSU 12-7. MSU sophomore Logan Tanner had two of MSU’s hits on a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Freshman righty Jackson Fristoe started on the mound for the Bulldogs and allowed two runs on five hits in four innings pitched. He fanned seven batters and walked one.

Right-handed graduate student pitcher Carlisle Koestler then tossed 1 23 innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout and one walk. Junior righty Brandon Smith pitched 2 13 scoreless innings before graduate student righty Spencer Price (1-0) pitched the ninth. Price allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

Right-handed graduate student pitcher Keagan Gillies (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Green Wave after allowing two runs on one hit with two walks in the bottom of the ninth.

Tulane took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when freshman Chase Engelhard hit a two-out home run to left field.

The Green Wave took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when redshirt junior Frankie Niemann homered to left-center off Fristoe.

The Bulldogs then scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Tanner drew a walk to lead off the inning. He then moved to second on a groundout. Junior Luke Hancock followed with a double to right-center to score him before sophomore Kamren James hit a two-run home run to left-center.

Price got two quick outs in the ninth inning before redshirt freshman Ethan Groff singled through the left side. Redshirt junior Luis Aviles then hit a homer to left field to give the Green Wave a 4-3 lead.

The bottom of the ninth started with a groundout before sophomore Drew McGowan drew a walk and stole second base. After senior Rowdey Jordan’s lineout, graduate student Scotty Dubrule drew a walk. A wild pitch put runners on second and third. Allen then came through with a two-RBI single to left-center to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 win.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when they play Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.