The No. 18 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State Bulldogs (32-10, 10-8) continued their hot play in Southeastern Conference play with a 6-0 win over the Auburn Tigers (24-16, 6-12) to win their third SEC series in a row.
The Bulldogs victory came in front of 14, 562 fans, second largest in Dudy Noble Field.
Bulldog sophomore left hander Jacob Lindgren turned in one of his best performances of the season. Lindgren pitched into the ninth inning to pick up his fourth win of the season.
“I felt good,” Lindgren said. “I was just trying to attack their hitters and let my defense make plays for me. I had some good movement. It was just one of those days where I felt good. i had all my stuff.”
Lindgren pitched eight solid innings. He gave up only five hits and walked just two batters. His 11 strikeouts are a SEC high for the Bay St. Louis native.
“I thought Lindgren was phenomenal,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He was a little shaky early on. It was a tough strike zone and he had to deal with it. I thought he did a really nice job of attacking the strike zone.”
The Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a three-run third inning.
Senior catcher Nick Ammirati singled to right field to drive home two runs.
“It was always there,” Ammirati said of his hitting. “I got my opportunity and try to take advantage of it. Just having fun, relaxing and not worrying about anything.”
Ammirati has been thrust into the starting lineup with the injury to senior catcher Mitch Slauter.
Ammitati has seen his fair share of playing time this season, but his coaches see that he is making the best of his opportunity.
“Nick has just done an unbelievable job,” Cohen said. “Losing Slauter hurt our club, but that’s when you find out about the character of others. You can’t say enough about the heart and character of someone like that, who competes the way he did (Saturday).”
MSU will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Memphis, Tenn. to take on the Memphis Tigers at Autozone Park at 6:30 p.m.