Blog – No. 20 MSU sweeps double header on Saturday (with video)

No. 20 Mississippi State swept a double header on Saturday.

The Bulldogs beat Miami of Ohio 7-1 in game and took down Cincinnati 19-5 in game two.

The Bearcats (1-3) committed three errors, walked 11 batters and hit another four and the Bulldogs (3-0) took advantage of the miscues.

The Bulldogs did have 13 hits in the victory. Jacob Robson led the way with three. Before his last at bat, he had reached base safely 13-straight times to start the season.

The Windsor, Ont., native was redshirted last year, but had just one hit in 16 at bats, before his season ended.

“It feels good to see all that hard work pay off,” the sophomore Robson said. “I’ve changed up a couple of things coming into the spring. I worked a lot with coach (Zach) Dillon and he’s been excellent with helping all of us on a personal level and from a hitting standpoint. For me personally, I’ve taken a little effort out of my swing.”

Ryan Gridley and Reid Humphreys each had two hits to give MSU (3-0) three batters with multiple hits.

The Bulldogs fell behind 4-0 after two at bats for the Bearcats (1-2), but scored four in the bottom of the second inning without recording a hit to tie things up. An error by the third baseman on a routine ground ball that would have ended the inning, kept the frame alive and MSU capitalized on it.

MSU took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Robson. Humphreys blew the game open with a three-run double in the fifth inning to stretch MSU’s lead to 9-4.

The Bulldogs put the final nail in the coffin with eight runs in the sixth inning. MSU sent 12 batters to the plate in that frame. MSU finished the scoring with two runs in the eighth inning.

Sophomore left hander Vance Tatum (1-0) threw a career-high 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win. He gave up only one hit and struck out four batters. He retired 10-straight batters at one point.

In game one, the Bulldogs hit three home runs for the first time since April 14, 2013. Wes Rea hit a grand slam in the first inning, while Jake Vickerson and Humphreys hit solo shots.

Bulldog senior left hander Ross Mitchell (1-0) threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win. He gave up only three hits and struck out three batters. The Smyrna, Tenn., native only issued one walk.


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