Blog – Final: No. 24 Mississippi State 7, Florida 3 (with video)

The No. 24 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State Bulldogs (25-8, 4-6) overcame an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Florida Gators (14-17, 4-6) in the first of three Southeastern Conference games at Dudy Noble Field.

“The first inning didn’t start the way we wanted it to, but I think outside of that we played a pretty good ballgame,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.

MSU junior second baseman Brett Pirtle doubled down the left field line in the third inning to score junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe from first base.

“Offensively I think we did a really good job,” Renfroe said who went 2-for-4 at the plate. “We had 10 hits, barreled balls up really well and had some timely hits when we needed them.”

The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.

Renfroe added a solo home run in the sixth inning. Along with Renfroe, Pirtle, sophomore first baseman Wes Rea and senior catcher Mitch Slauter all had two hits.

Senior catcher Mitch Slauter had not played since March 23rd due to a throat issue.

“I thought Slauter played very, very well for a guy who was really not allowed to do anything for a five day period,” Cohen said. “I think he was very good.”

Senior left hander Luis Pollorena gave the Bulldogs five good innings to pick up the win. He gave two runs on six hits. He struck out four and only walked two batters.

“After that first inning I felt like we started throwing more first pitch strikes and that’s what paid off in the end,” Pollorena said.

Florida’s Jonathon Crawford (1-5) pitched five innings to pick up the loss.

The Bulldogs and Gators will square off in game two Saturday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. and can be seen on CSS.

Freshman lefty Danny Young (1-2, 3.12) will throw for Florida, while senior right hander Kendall Graveman (3-2, 2.43) will throw for MSU.

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