Blog – Final: No. 2 Mississippi State 6, Western Carolina 1 (with video)

Records: MSU (1-1) WCU (1-1)

Attendance: 9,197

Game time: 3:50

Winning pitcher: Trevor Fitts (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Jordan Smith (0-1)

Save: Jonathan Holder (1)

Play of the game: Jake Vickerson had a 2-run single, first hit of his career, in the 4th inning to give MSU a 3-0 lead. It was all Fitts and the Bulldog pitching staff needed.

Big inning: 4th and 8th: MSU scored 3 runs in both innings.  

Top Dawg: Trevor Fitts: Fitts gave MSU a solid outing in the starting role. He pitched a career-high six innings and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Stat of the game: 12: The number of runners WCU left on base. They had several chances to score, but the MSU pitchers did a good job closing the door.

Multiple hits: MSU (Alex Detz, 2 Brett Pirtle, 2) WCU (Cody Jones, 2)

Quote of the game: 

“We got guys that run and get on base and then timely hitting. It has to play a factor to win ballgames. We did that down the stretch last year and when we start to do that, it’s going to get rolling good for us.” – MSU junior first baseman Wes Rea said of finally getting some offense

Song to describe game: She’s so High by Tal Bachman – With all of the career-high Fitts reached, this seemed fitting. I hope you enjoy.

Video: 

MSU head coach John Cohen

MSU junior RHP Trevor Fitts

MSU junior OF Jake Vickerson

MSU junior 1B Wes Rea

What it means: MSU picks up its first win of the young season. The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss on Friday night. Sunday’s rubber game will be crucial. MSU will either start senior RHP Ben Bracewell or freshman RHP Dakota Hudson.

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