Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Ethan Small inched closer to the single-season strikeout record with his performance against Stanford on Saturday night.
Small struck out eight Cardinal batters in the 6-2 victory by the Bulldogs to reach 168 for his career and now has gotten to within six of the 174 strikeouts Eric DuBose had during the 1996 season.
If MSU can defeat Stanford again Sunday night and reach the College World Series, Small will get at least one more start in an attempt to set the single-season mark.
Small struck out the side in the third and fifth innings. With one of his strikeouts in the fifth frame, he passed former Auburn hurler Tim Hudson on the Southeastern Conference single-season strikeout list with his 166th strikeout.
As far as the career total, Small still has some work to do to move out of third place in school history. He remains third on the all-time list with 310 strikeouts behind DuBose 428 and Jeff Brantley 364.
Small had a career-high 117 pitches in the game against the Cardinal.
For more notes from Saturday night's win by the Bulldogs, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.