Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State fans enjoy Friday's game against Southern University from the outfield.

Jordan Westburg has hit harder baseballs this year.

The Mississippi State shortstop has hit baseballs much farther, too. However, he might not have hit one that was quite as satisfying as the one he grounded through the left side of the infield on Friday.

Westburg, who has been battling through a major hitting slump the last couple of months, delivered a clutch two-run single that broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning and was one of the key blows as host MSU took an eventual 11-6 victory over upset-minded Southern University in the opening game of the Starkville Regional at Dudy Noble Field.

“(The last few weeks have) just been up and down and up and down,” Westburg said. “(Head coach Chris Lemonis and hitting coach Jake Gautreau) have kept their confidence in me. It is just grinding through it. To come through in a spot like that is awesome.”

Now the Bulldogs face the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday at 6 p.m.. Central Michigan defeated Miami 6-5 on Friday night.

For complete coverage and photos of MSU's action on Friday, see Saturday's Starkville Daily News.

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