Mississippi State needed a rebound in the polls after dropping another non-conference weekend series. A two game midweek series with a hot Texas Tech team was a great chance to do that. Texas Tech had won nine straight games before the matchup on Tuesday, but neutral site games have not been friendly to the Red Raiders.
Mississippi State used an explosive 4th inning to knock out Chase Hampton and get into the Red Raider bullpen. An explosive inning was the recipe for success against Tulane in their Friday night victory over the Green Wave, and it worked again in Biloxi.
Despite the 9 Run inning put up against them, the Red Raiders continued to battle. With runs scored in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, Texas Tech was starting to claw back in. Before Mississippi State could let this game get away like they did in Saturday’s matchup with Tulane, somebody had to right the ship. That somebody was Tanner Leggett.
After drawing a walk to start the home half of the 8th, Leggett swiped 2nd Base, advanced to 3rd on a fly out, and eventually scored on a Wild Pitch. The insurance run did not make a huge difference on the scoreboard, but it was the final nail in the Texas Tech comeback’s coffin. This loss moved the Red Raiders to 1-3 in neutral site games for the 2022 campaign.
Wednesday gave way to a new opportunity for the Red Raiders to prove they can play neutral site games in fancy ballparks. Veteran infielder Parker Kelly made that abundantly clear in the 2nd inning when he mashed a Grand Slam to get Tech up early. A solo shot would later follow in the inning and the Red Raiders pitching staff was able to comfortably hold onto the five run cushion.
Jamie Hitt was electric for Texas Tech. He had a no-hitter through the 4th inning, but was relieved of his duties before going deep enough to earn the win. The bullpen kept the no-hitter going into the 6th inning, but eventually Mississippi State broke through and was able to get on the board.
Mississippi State scored 2 Runs in the 6th inning, but that was all the offense could muster up. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they did not have one of those explosive innings that they have gotten used to recently.
Two evenly matched teams came up with a split series in a Minor League ballpark at the beach. While each of the teams wishes they had swept the other, it was a successful and entertaining midweek adventure.