Mississippi State now has a mid-week record of 15-2-1 this season.
"Last year, I think one of the things that hurt us was that we lost a lot of the mid-week games," said Lacher. "This year, we've talked about winning the mid-week games because that will help us to host some regionals."
Jon Mungle opened a 2-for-3 outing with a three-run blast as State sent 10 batters to the plate during a six-run, second-inning burst. State batted around again in the fourth, scoring four runs and staking starter Jeff Lacher (4-0) to a 10-2 lead.
"It is always a luxury to pitch with a (big) lead," said Lacher, the recipient of the big lead. "The main thing is to go out there and throw strikes and let your defense play behind you."
Shortstop Matthew Maniscalco extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a single, a double and his fourth home run of the year, a towering solo shot to left to open the sixth inning.
"Manny is hitting the ball real well," said Mungle. "He's got a little power this year."
Catcher J.B. Tucker delivered a pair of RBI singles and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games, while Brad Corley laced a pair of doubles and scored three runs on a three-hit night.
"I'm just now starting to get in a groove," said Corley of his 9th multiple hit game. "I'm seeing (the ball) pretty good. I'm just trying to put the ball in play and get the job done. When you have guys like Lewis and Brinson ahead of you, you are going to see (good) pitches, so I'm going up there swinging."
Lacher struck out a season-high seven batters in five innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs (one earned) to pick up his fourth consecutive win. Jamie Gant, Steven Dowe, Jacob Ociesa and Robby Goodson worked an inning each over the final four frames. It was the first mound action of the season for Dowe and Ociesa.
"I felt good the first start of the year against New Orleans," said Lacher who is now 4-0 on the season. "The last two starts I was shaky. I pitched good enough to win but my stuff didn't feel it was good as it had been. Tonight, I felt good like I did a couple of weeks ago. My fastball had some life on it. Everything was working."
Blazer lefty Griffin Zarbough, the first of five UAB hurlers in the game, was charged with six runs on seven hits and took the loss.
Mississippi State travels to Jackson Wednesday to test instate rival Mississippi (17-10) in the 24th annual Mayor's Trophy Game at Smith-Wills Stadium. Freshman Brad Corley (0-0, 3.79) is due to draw starting mound duties for the Bulldogs.
"They are just trying to get my feet wet," said Corley, MSU's regular rightfielder and one of MSU's mid-week starting pitchers. "I haven't thrown over 5 innings this year. I'm just coming out and trying to throw strikes and mainly get on top of hitters."
State resumes SEC competition at home this weekend, opening a three-game series against Kentucky (10-17) Friday at 6:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 13, UAB 4
UAB 002 001 100 -- 4 7 1
MSU 060 421 00X -- 13 17 3
WP - Jeff Lacher (4-0). LP - Griffin Zarbrough (0-1). HR - Jon Mungle (5), Matthew Maniscalco (4). ATT - 6,353 (paid), 2,403 (actual).
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