Many times a midweek game is sandwiched between two important conference matchups, leading to a lackluster performance.
That’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.
“Take nothing away from Alcorn State tonight, but we did not play well and it showed,” said MSU head coach John Cohen. “We had about four situational things that we did not handle and we looked shocked they were happening. We can’t play good defense on the weekends and expect to survive in the midweeks.”
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.
“I thought we pitched it pretty well,” Cohen said. “We had 11 punchouts and no walks, so that’s a pretty good evening. We shouldn’t have given up any runs but we drop an average fly ball because we weren’t locked in.”
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.
“Adam Frazier shows up and says watch this... I’m gonna have four big-time at bats in a row, I’m going to walk four times, I’m going to steal bases, I’m going to wreck havoc on the bases, and guest what in my last at bat I’m going to go 0-2, then I’m going to get it to 3-2, then I’m going to have a nine-pitch at-bat and hit a bullet into center field,” said Cohen. “That’s what we need nine guys to do. He’s a wilily old veteran who is only a sophomore.”
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.
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. 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.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday night when they travel to take on the 24th-ranked Auburn Tigers at 6 p.m.