(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)
The talk going into this weekend’s series between Mississippi State and LSU centered around the prowess of the LSU offense, who were playing their patented Geauxrilla Ball in the recent ballgames. A lot was being said about their hitters, who had been driving balls out of Alex Box Stadium. Undoubtedly, that message got lost in translation between Baton Rouge and Starkville, because the Bulldog pitching staff hasn’t seemed to care too much about the Bayou Bengals’ bats. Coach Scott Foxhall’s hurlers once again silenced the LSU offense in a 3-0 series clenching win Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium. Mississippi State’s arms have held the Tiger offense to just 1 run in 18 innings so far this weekend.
Will Bednar (1-0) drew the start for the M Over S, and the second-year freshman from Valencia, PA did not disappoint in his first weekend start of the season. The righty went 5 innings, giving up 0 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7. He was followed by Preston Johnson who threw 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits while fanning 1. Landon Sims followed Johnson in the 8th and continued his dominance. The Georgia native went 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while fanning 2 and registering the save (2). With this outing, Sims has pushed his strikeout total to 32 in just 13.2 innings of work. To break down that stat even more, nearly 80% of outs recorded by Sims have been by the K. He has also only given up 1 run on 8 hits in his outings. The second-year freshman is having a marquee run to this point.
The contest was deadlocked at 0 through the first 4 innings until the Bulldogs drew blood in the top of the 5th. The inning began with a Logan Tanner walk. He advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt from Josh Hatcher. Brayland Skinner then pushed Tanner to 3rd on an infield hit that was misplayed by the LSU shortstop. Lane Forsythe then plated Tanner on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. The Diamond Dawgs tacked on another run in the top of the 8th when Brayland Skinner drew a leadoff walk. He advanced to 2nd on a Scotty Dubrule fielder’s choice and 3rd on a wild pitch. Rowdey Jordan then singled to center to score Skinner and push the lead to 2-0. The Boys in Maroon would add one more run in the top of the 9th when Luke Hancock walked, and Logan Tanner followed with a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Josh Hatcher then grounded out to 2nd, which allowed Hancock to score to make the score 3-0. That’s where the score would hold as the Bulldog faithful were able to end their nights with smiles on their faces as the Boys in Maroon clenched a series on the bayou. The win pushed the Bulldogs to 16-3 (2-0) and dropped the Tigers to 15-2(0-2).
At the plate, the Bulldogs got a hit a piece from Rowdey Jordan, Tanner Allen, Kamren James, and Brayland Skinner. Jordan, Hatcher, and Lane Forsythe each provided and RBI in the contest.
At the time of publication, the win shirt video has not appeared, but if I had to make my best guess, it would have to go to Will Bednar who was electric tonight. In place of the win shirt presentation, enjoy this video of Bednar’s 7 K’s:
The Bulldogs will turn to Eric Cerantola to lead them to a sweep tomorrow in the bayou. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm CT.
Recap and Box Score can be found here
And now, for what is becoming my favorite part of the article, a perfect song to wrap up the night. Goodnight and Go Dawgs!!