(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)
I’ve said it often this year, but I’ll echo this sentiment again, hitting is contagious. The Bulldog bats stayed hot after hanging 19 runs on Auburn on Sunday as the Boys in Maroon hung 18 runs on Arkansas State in an 18-10 win on Tuesday night in Starkville. Mississippi State used a big offensive night to dispatch the Red Wolves, coached by former Bulldog assistant Tommy Raffo, and improve to 25-7 on the year.
Carlisle Koestler drew the start for the M Over S and went 2.2 innings. Giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while fanning 3. He was followed by Cam Tullar, Cade Smith (1-0), Preston Johnson, Parker Stinnett, Davis Rokose, Drew Talley, and Chase Patrick. The Bulldog armada combined to give up 10 runs on 11 hits and strike out 15. The K count is once again brought to you by @KCountMaggie.
The Boys in Maroon opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st when Rowdey Jordan deposited the second pitch he saw beyond the outfield wall to put the Diamond Dawgs on top 1-0.
The Red Wolves answered the bell with a home run of their own in the top of the 2nd off the bat of Jake Gish to knot the contest at 1. Arkansas State would continue scoring and take the lead by scoring 2 in the top of the 3rd, scoring a run on a groundout and an RBI single. The Bulldogs would chip into the lead in the bottom of the 4th when they loaded the bases and Brayland Skinner scored on a Logan Tanner sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2. The Boys in Maroon would tie the ballgame in the bottom of the 5th on a Lane Forsythe solo shot to right. Mississippi State would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 6th when Logan Tanner singled and advanced to 3rd on Brad Cumbest’s base hit. Scotty Dubrule drew a walk and then Lane Forsythe struck again, doubling to score 2 and put the home team on top 5-3. The Bulldogs would tack on another run in the bottom of the 7th when Kamren James was hit by a pitch and then stole 2nd. He advanced to 3rd on a fielding error and scored when Logan Tanner reached on a fielding error. The Boys in Maroon blew the contest open in the 8th, scoring 12 runs in the frame. The inning included 3 home runs, a solo shot by Brad Cumbest, and the first collegiate home runs for Kyte MacDonad and Kellum Clark. Clark’s 3 run shot was his first collegiate hit.
When the inning finally came to a close, the Bulldogs had an 18-3 lead. The win would hold but the score would not, as the Red Wolves plated 7 runs in the top of the 9th as Coach Lemonis looked to get some young pitchers some chances to work in high-pressure situations. When the final out of the near 4-hour game was finally recorded, the Boys in Maroon walked away with an 18-10 victory and sent the Bulldog faithful home from The Carnegie Hall of College Baseball with smiles on their faces.
Lane Forsythe led the offensive charge on the night. The freshman from Humboldt, TN went 3-4 with a home run, a double, and 3 RBIs. Rowdey Jordan also went 3-4 with a home run of his own. Brad Cumbest, Kellum Clark, and Kyte MacDonald each added a big fly on the night. Rowdey Jordan pushed his on-base streak to 17 games.
Freshman Cade Smith recorded his first victory on the mound. The Southaven, MS native went 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits and fanning 5.
The win shirt on the night went to Lane Forsythe for his big night at the dish.
Recap and Box Score can be found here
With the midweek game behind us, we now look forward to the 2021 edition of Super Bulldog Weekend. The Boys in Maroon host the Rebels of Ole Miss in a 3-game set at Dudy Noble Field. First pitch is set for 6pm CT Friday with Christian MacLeod taking the mound for the home team.
As we look to defeating our Rebel rivals. Let’s let The Band provide the weekend soundtrack.