Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell pitches in the first inning during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, La., Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Mississippi State was knocked down early and often Sunday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Bulldogs dropped a 14-8 decision to the Ragin’ Cajuns to force the if necessary game in the Lafayette (La.) Regional Monday.
The Bulldogs (39-23) and Cajuns (56-8) will go at it again at 6 p.m.
Lafayette had 18 hits. The 14 runs scored on MSU were the most in a regional game since giving 17 in a 17-7 loss to Texas Tech in the 2004 Atlanta Regional.
“You can’t give Lafayette enough credit,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “They did a great job and they swung the bat well. They had a good gameplan.”
Cohen says junior left hander Lucas Laster (0-0, 1.97 ERA) will start on the mound for the Bulldogs. ULL will throw senior lefty Ryan Wilson (5-0, 1.69 ERA).
MSU has faced a good bit of adversity this season, so this is nothing new to them.
We’ve been battle tested all year and we’ve lost games we shouldn’t have loss, but we’ve done the same thing each time,” MSU senior center fielder C.T. Bradford said. “We’ve regrouped at night, gotten together and gotten ready and came out to compete the next day.
“We’re going to get after it, I promise you that.”
MSU used four different pitchers with starter Ross Mitchell (8-5) lasting just three innings. He gave up six runs on seven hits in his shortest outing this season as a starter.
“I didn’t think Ross was his normal self. “I thought he was over throwing. I thought he was trying to invent some stuff and I thought he was trying to create a little bit more velocity than he normally does.”
Cohen mentioned that Mitchell had some soreness on Saturday.
Myles Gentry gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Brandon Woodruff allowed four runs on five hits in an inning of work.
Vance Tatum tossed 3 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on three hits.
The Bulldog offense was there with 14 hits and eight runs. Brett Pirlte had four hits and three RBI. Bradford had three hits, while Seth Heck and Wes Rea had two hits.
Rea led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to left field. It was his fifth home run of the season.
The Cajuns used three pitchers. Cody Boutte (9-0) went the first 6 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs on 10 hits.
Martin Anderson tossed 1 1/3 innings giving up two runs, while Ben Carter went 1 1/3 innings giving up just one run.