Blog – Final: No. 23 Mississippi State 3, Southern Illinois 0 (with video)

Records: MSU (13-7) SIU (8-7)

Attendance: 6,769

Game time: 2:24

Winning pitcher: Preston Brown (2-0)

Losing pitcher: Connor McFadden (1-1)

Save: Myles Gentry (2)

Play of the game: Brett Pirtle made a diving catch in the 4-hole in the eighth inning and tossed to first to get Tyler Rolland to end the inning. Here’s video of it: Pirtle’s SportsCenter Top 10 type play

Big inning: 2nd: The Bulldogs scored two runs, a two-run single by Brett Pirtle.

Top Dawg: Preston Brown: The redshirt sophomore right hander pitched 8 innings and had a no hitter through 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just four hits and struck out six batters to only one walk.

Stat of the game: 1: MSU only got one flyball out. The rest were either groundouts or strikeouts.

Multiple hits: MSU (Wes Rea 2, Demarcus Henderson 2) SIU (Jake Welch 2)

Quote of the game: 

“I thought there were three outs there. The baseball gods got me. I was just kicking myself because I ran off the field. I guess it’s just one of those things that are bound to happen.” – Preston Brown said after trying to head to the dugout after getting just two outs

Song to describe game: Mama Tried by Merle Haggard – Preston tried for the no hitter, but running off the field with just two outs did him in.

What it means: MSU will enter SEC play with a 2-game winning streak. The Bulldogs will play Georgia this upcoming weekend in Athens, Ga.


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