A home run and a sacrifice fly by Trey Porter were the difference in the rubber game of Mississippi State's season opening series at home against the Washington State Cougars. State (2-1) was able to hold off the Cougars (1-2) on Sunday for the 5-4 win in game three in what ended up being one long Sunday afternoon for both clubs.
After rain had set in on Saturday, both clubs agreed to play the ole Sunday double header. Washington State ended up outlasting the Bulldogs in game two 6-5 after thirteen long innings of baseball.
For Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen, this series told him a lot about his young but talented ball club. “It was real important to me at this stage to play a very good Pac 12 team. They’re a good club, they have a lot of poise and their lineup is going to be one of the best in the Pac 12. You can tell they’re inexperienced on the mound.”
Or maybe not any longer after no less than ten Cougar moundsmen threw in the 22 innings; some of them for the third time in the series. MState won Friday’s season opener 6-2.
For Cohen's club this is just another step in rebuilding one of college baseballs great clubs. After last years Super Regional loss to Florida, the Dawgs are looking to build on that success and move forward.
The Dawgs get the luxury of staying at home over the next few weeks as they will play host to Kansas, Mississippi Valley, Memphis, Conneticut, Lipscomb, Penn State and Mercer.
Fri, Feb 24 Kansas Sat, Feb 25 Mississippi Valley State Sat, Feb 25 Kansas Sun, Feb 26 Mississippi Valley State Wed, Feb 29 Memphis Fri, Mar 02 Connecticut Sat, Mar 03 Lipscomb Sat, Mar 03 Connecticut Sun, Mar 04 Lipscomb Tue, Mar 06 Penn State Wed, Mar 07 Penn State Fri, Mar 09 Mercer Sat, Mar 10 Mercer Sun, Mar 11 Mercer