Blog – Final: No. 14 Mississippi State 6, South Alabama 2, Starkville Regional (with video)

Records: MSU (45-17), USA (43-19)

Attendance: 11,124

Game time: 2:40

Winning pitcher: Ross Mitchell (12-0)

Losing pitcher: Matt Bell (6-2)

Save: None

Play of the game: Hunter Renfroe legged out an infield single with the bases loaded to and two outs to keep the inning alive.

Big inning: The Bulldogs went on to score three more runs after Renfroe’s RBI single and scored four runs with two outs in the fifth inning.

Stat of the game: 6: The Bulldogs scored all six of their runs with two outs.

Top Dawg: Ross Mitchell: Mitchell pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief to pick up his team-leading 12th win. he gave up just four hits and no runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high five batters.

Multiple hits: MSU (Alex Detz 3, Brett Pirtle 2) USA (Dustin Dalken 2)

Quote of the night: 

“That’s as dominant an 81-84 as you’re going to see in college baseball.” – USA head coach Mark Calvi said of Ross Mitchell

“I might be the only one in the country throwing 81-84 in the country.” – Mitchell in response to Calvi’s comment

Song to describe game: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad by Meat Loaf The Bulldogs scored all six runs with two outs.

Notes: MSU notes

Video: MSU head coach John Cohen, junior 2B Brett Pirtle and sophomore LHP Ross Mitchell

What it means: The No. 1 seed Bulldogs will play in tomorrow’s 7 p.m. championship game and will have to be beaten twice. MSU is one win away from a Super Regional. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the No. 2 seed South Alabama and No. 4 seed Central Arkansas winner.

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