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No. 9 Diamond Dawgs Come Up Short Against No. 21 Southern Miss

Hail State Pics/Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Tied 0-0 through nine innings, the Mississippi State baseball team came up short in the end, as the Diamond Dawgs fell 1-0 in a 10-inning series opener with No. 21 Southern Miss on Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

With the loss the Diamond Dawgs fall to 4-1, while Southern Miss improves to 4-0.

Redshirt-junior southpaw Ethan Small got the start on the mound and allowed just one hit and fanned a career-high 13 batters in seven innings of work in the MSU loss. He retired the first five batters he faced, four via strikeout. He allowed only two Southern Miss base runners in his seven innings of work.

Senior righty Jared Liebelt then pitched 1 23 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He was followed by junior Trysten Barlow (0-1), who entered to get the final out of the ninth inning via strikeout. He then got two outs in the 10th inning before allowing a single to Southern Miss’ Erick Hoard and walking Danny Lynch.

The Golden Eagles finally ended the scoreless streak when pinch hitter Charlie Fischer singled up the middle to score pinch runner Brant Blalock from second to take a 1-0 lead.

Junior Riley Self was the final MSU relief pitcher in the contest.

In the bottom of the 10th MSU’s Dustin Skelton hit a two-out single, but it didn’t amount to any runs, as the Golden Eagles stole game one of the three-game series.

Southern Miss’ Walker Powell got the start on the mound and pitched 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed just five hits and struck out two batters.

Ryan Oach (1-0) pitched 2 13 innings in the Golden Eagle win. He allowed two hits and struck out two batters while earning the win.

The squads will be back in action tomorrow. First pitch for game two of the series has been changed from 2 p.m. to noon on Saturday.