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Bulldogs remain hot, down visiting Hawks

March 1, 2013

Jacob Lindgren works on the mound for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

On a day where the temperatures were in the 30s and snow flurries were seen, it didn't cool down the Mississippi State baseball team.

The No. 9 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs fought off the cold weather for a 10-0 win over the St. Joseph's Hawks.

It is the fourth game this season in which MSU (12-0) has scored in double digits and third in a row. MSU only managed five a season ago.

"I think our kids have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder about the offensive side of it," MSU head coach John Cohen said, whose club registered 12 hits. "Our kids are older too. Experience is everything. We have a much more balance, (and) much more experienced club than we did last year."

The Bulldogs were able to get the job done with the bats, but it was a pitcher who stole the show.
MSU sophomore left hander Jacob Lindgren (2-0) pitched a career-long seven innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters to get the victory.

"He was spectacular," Cohen said. "I think he could have beaten almost anybody (Friday) with the stuff he had, the location he had and the way he competed. He really spun the fastball different. I thought he went into attack mode early in the game and he never really came off of it. His breaking ball is very good. He had 13 strikeouts in seven innings. That's pretty good stuff.

"It was very workman like under really brutal conditions. I was really, really proud of his effort."

Lindgren only walked one batter and gave up only one hit on 89 pitches. He retired 12 batters in a row from the second to the sixth inning.

"Coach (Butch) Thompson really told me to get ahead of the hitters and good things will happen," Lindgren said. "I was really just trying to attack them. The slider was really working."

The 13 strikeouts by Lindgren is the most by a Bulldog since former MLB first round pick Chris Stratton struck out 17 at LSU in March of last year.

"Chris Stratton was a great player," Lindgren said. "It's good to have somebody to watch and look up to. He really kind of led the way."

MSU was able to get back sophomore first baseman Wes Rea back into the starting lineup. He hadn't started the last nine games.

He finished the night with two hits in two at-bats. 

"It felt good to get back on the field," Rea said. "I've just been itching to get back out there."

Rea scored on the first run of the game for MSU after singled to start off the bottom of the second inning and was brought home on a RBI single by Trey Porter.

"We need Wes Rea to be as good as we can be," Cohen said. "We need him to be a component to this. Sometimes when you put somebody out there, you take one step forward and then you take two steps back."

Porter later scored in the inning to make it 2-0. 

MSU added one in the third and three in the fifth inning. Junior shortstop Adam Frazier's Southeastern Conference leading fourth triple of the year drove in three runs to make it 9-0. He later scored on a wild pitch.

"Guys have just been doing a good job," Rea said. "Putting together a lot of good swings and a lot of timely hitting."

Jack Stover (0-1) pitched 4.1 innings giving up six runs on seven hits to take the loss for St. Joseph's (2-5).

The Hawks only managed to get three hits off of Bulldog pitching.

Demarcus Henderson led MSU with three hits. Frazier, C.T. Bradford and Rea each had two hits.
Bradford extended his hitting streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 12 games. Frazier's hitting streak is now at seven and he has eight multiple-hit games this season.

The Bulldogs and Hawks are back at it today in a single game starting at noon. The Hawks will throw senior right hander Kyle Mullen (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and MSU will go with junior righty Kendall Graveman (1-0, 1.86).

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