The No. 23 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State Bulldogs (38-15) edged past Oral Roberts (21-29) 3-2 for their 24th non-confernce win of the season.
The Bulldogs won 25 in 1989.
MSU sophomore righty Jonathan Holder struck out four of the five batters he faced to pick up his 14th save of the season for the new MSU single-season record.
“Obviously I’m pretty happy about the record,” Holder said who now has 23 career saves. “That’s a blessing to have right there. Coincidentally it’s my number too. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to even be a closer and be able to get saves. I thank God for that one.”
MSU head coach John Cohen used five pitchers including sophomore righty Trevor Fitts who made his first start of the season.
He pitched into the third inning before giving up three consecutive singles. Fitts gave way to senior left hander Chad Girodo.
Girodo (5-1) pitched 2.1 innings giving up just one hit to pick up the win.
Junior right hander Daryl Norris had not made a pitching appearance since the Gainesville Super Regional on June 12, 2011.
Norris pitched 1.1 innings giving up just one hit and striking out three.
“It felt good,” Norris said whose teammates from the dugout cheered loudly for every pitch he threw. “I’ve been working the past few weeks trying to get back in there, trying to find a way to contribute to this team.”
Junior center fielder C.T. Bradford also pitched an inning giving up a walk and a strikeout.
Junior shortstop Adam Frazier and junior designated hitter led MSU with three hits at the top of the order.
“It’s real important being 1-2 like that,” Frazier said who has eight-hit ballgames this season. “I guess we had base runners on a lot. It is definitely important for us to do that and continue success.”