On a bleak and dreary night in Starkville, both the rain and the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State tried to ruin the atmosphere at the Dude. In spite of this, the boys in Maroon and White were prepared to tackle both, as they cruised to a 6-1 victory in 4 1/2 innings.
The Dogs had a revolving door on the bump tonight, as four separate pitchers came in to throw. Starting things off and picking up the win was Parker Stinnett. The sophomore right hander found himself in trouble in both innings he pitched, loading the bases off a combined four walks, one hit batsman and an error. However, Stinnett was able to bounce back and strand all six of those runners, never once allowing a hit. Behind him with Jackson Fristoe, who pitched for the first time since being removed from the weekend rotation. Fristoe got the first and only 1-2-3 inning for the Bulldog staff, and excelled in his return to the mound. The 4th and 5th were covered by the duo of Carlisle Koestler (who allowed the only Jacksonville State run) and Spencer Price, each who notched a strikeout on the day.
When asked about Price coming in to pitch, Coach Lemonis noted the special meaning in that moment. With this being the last home regular season game for the Diamond Dogs, this could be the last time Spencer Price pitches at the Dude. That combined with a favorable matchup made for a memorable moment that may serve as a fitting sendoff.
Mississippi State was hot at the plate tonight as well, putting up 6 runs in the first three innings to jump on the Gamecocks early. Luke Hancock, Rowdey Jordan and Lane Forsythe all had good days at the plate, and the entire lineup really came together for a solid team performance.
After 4 1/2 innings of work, the rain at the Dude became too much to handle, and the game was called off with Mississippi State coming out with a 601 victory. The Diamond Dogs will next take on Alabama in a three game stretch with NCAA Tournament Stakes on the line.