STARKVILLE, Miss. — Persistent rain shortened Mississippi State baseball’s home regular-season finale Tuesday night as the No. 6 Bulldogs topped Jacksonville State 6-1 in five innings at Dudy Noble Field.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 37-13 (17-10 SEC), while the Gamecocks fall to 24-26 (14-13 OVC).
MSU scored two runs in each of the first three innings. JSU scored its only run in the fourth inning. The game was canceled after 4 1⁄2 innings due to inclement weather.
Junior pitcher Parker Stinnett (1-0) made his first career start for MSU and got the win after tossing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and four walks.
Freshman Camden Lovrich (1-1) was charged with the loss for the Gamecocks after allowing two runs on one hit with one walk in one inning pitched.
In the bottom of the first inning, senior Tanner Allen drew a one-out walk. Junior Luke Hancock then hit a two-run home run to right field to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Junior Brad Cumbest and freshman Kellum Clark drew back-to-back one-out walks in the bottom of the second inning. After a strikeout, a wild pitch advanced both runners. Senior Rowdey Jordan followed with a two-RBI single to right field to increase the MSU lead to 4-0.
The Bulldogs then plated two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to make it a 6-0 ballgame. Hancock led off with a single to right field before sophomore Logan Tanner drew a walk and graduate student Scotty Dubrule dropped a bunt single to load the bases. Cumbest then plated a run with a sacrifice popup. Tanner came around to score on freshman Lane Forsythe’s double down the left-field line.
The Gamecocks made it 6-1 in the top of the fourth inning when sophomore Trevor Andrews hit a one-out double and scored on junior Cole Frederick’s RBI single.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to a three-game series at Alabama to end the regular season. The series begins Thursday at 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.