MSU's Adam Frazier gets in his batting stance against Alcorn State Tuesday night. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)
Many times a midweek game is sandwiched between two important conference matchups, leading to a lackluster performance.
Thatâ€™s exactly the trap Mississippi State fell into when they faced Alcorn State on Tuesday night, and despite not being at their best, the Bulldogs earned the 6-2 win to improve to 17-9 for the season.
â€¨â€śTake nothing away from Alcorn State tonight, but we did not play well and it showed,â€ť said MSU head coach John Cohen. â€śWe had about four situational things that we did not handle and we looked shocked they were happening. We canâ€™t play good defense on the weekends and expect to survive in the midweeks.â€ť
â€¨Will Cox picked up the start and the win for the Bulldogs as he retired all nine of the batters he faced, setting the table for a night of solid pitching for MSU.
â€¨â€śI thought we pitched it pretty well,â€ť Cohen said. â€śWe had 11 punchouts and no walks, so thatâ€™s a pretty good evening. We shouldnâ€™t have given up any runs but we drop an average fly ball because we werenâ€™t locked in.â€ť
â€¨State opened the scoring in the first when sophomore shortstop Adam Frazier walked to open the frame and later scored on a wild pitch by Brave starter Cedric Pomerlee (0-2).
An errant pickoff throw to third base and a sacrifice fly enabled State to plate two more runs and extend its lead to 3-0 in the third inning.
â€¨â€śAdam Frazier shows up and says watch this... Iâ€™m gonna have four big-time at bats in a row, Iâ€™m going to walk four times, Iâ€™m going to steal bases, Iâ€™m going to wreck havoc on the bases, and guest what in my last at bat Iâ€™m going to go 0-2, then Iâ€™m going to get it to 3-2, then Iâ€™m going to have a nine-pitch at-bat and hit a bullet into center field,â€ť said Cohen. â€śThatâ€™s what we need nine guys to do. Heâ€™s a wilily old veteran who is only a sophomore.â€ť
â€¨Alcorn State, which fell to 6-18 with the loss, answered with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, the second on a double by Eduardo Gonzalez.
Sam Frost, who is on a tear of late, got one of the runs back for State with an RBI double in the sixth and freshman Tyler Fullerton doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to cap the game's scoring.
â€¨MSU sent six freshman to the mound along side junior Louis Pollorena to combined to allow just six hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks. â€¨Wes Rea and Frost were the tow multi-hit performers for the Bulldogs with a pair of 2-for-4 evenings.
Rea singled twice for his 11th multi-hit game of the season while Frost registered his second multi-hit game to extend his current hitting streak to four games, going 7-for-11 in that span.â€¨
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday night when they travel to take on the 24th-ranked Auburn Tigers at 6 p.m.
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