It was a long day for the Mississippi State baseball team, but a productive one.
The No. 18 Bulldogs capped off the doubleheader with a 7-1 win over Michigan State Saturday night to complete a sweep in The Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products.
"It's a long day when you try to focus for six hours in baseball, but we get a lot out of this," Mississippi State head coach John Cohen said. "We get to use a lot of people. It forces us to use our pitching staff. We're playing quality opponents, (and) teams that are going to do pretty well when they get into their conference seasons."
The Bulldogs (9-4) got a strong outing from true freshman right hander Austin Sexton on the mound in the second game. The Huntsville, Ala. native threw six solid innings. He didn't allow a run and gave up just three hits. He struck out four batter and had two walks to pick the first win of his career.
"I just had all three pitches working – fastball, changeup and curveball," Sexton said. "I was just trying to fill it up."
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