Bulldog Bats Lead MSU to 21-6 Win Over MVSU

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The eighth-ranked Baseball Bulldogs piled up a season-high 20 hits and belted four home runs Tuesday night to top Mississippi Valley State 21-6 at Dudy Noble Field. The 21 runs scored was the most for Mississippi State (26-7-1) since a 23-0 win over Jackson State in 2000.

Brad Corley went 3-for-4 and drove in a career-high five runs as 13 Bulldogs collected hits in the game. Three of Corley's RBI came on a season-first home run in the fifth inning.

Craig Tatum, Matthew Brinson and J.B. Tucker drove in three runs each, with Tatum, Thomas Berkery and Tyler Scarbrough delivering fence-clearing blasts.

MVSU (21-22), which has clinched a berth in the 2003 SWAC Tournament, opened the game with a two-run home run by Robert Reynolds. State plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, then batted through the order in the second, third and eighth innings to earn the win.

Starkville native Tee Thomas paced the Delta Devils with three hits.

Jacob Blakeney, the second of five Bulldogs pitchers used in the game, earn the win, striking out three with two innings of no-hit shutout pitching in relief of starter Jeff Lacher. Lacher scattered six hits but was touched for five runs over four innings. MVSU starter Trey Wall (3-3) took the loss, giving up six runs before exiting the game in the second inning.

The Bulldogs close out their season-longest seven-game homestand Wednesday night hosting Samford University at 6:30 p.m. The SU Bulldogs are coached by former Mississippi State athlete and MSU coaching staff member Tim Parenton.

Freshman Brad Corley (0-1, 3.91) is set to start for MSU while Samford (10-25) will open with Lee Brady (0-1, 4.16).

Mississippi Valley.. 203 000 010 - 6 10 2
Mississippi State... 257 030 04X - 21 20 2
WP - Jacob Blakeney (2-0). LP - Trey Wall (3-3). SV -. HR - (MVSU) Robert Reynolds (2); (MSU) Thomas Berkery (4), J.B. Tucker (4), Brad Corley (1). T - 2:57. ATT - 5,792 (paid), 1,930 (actual).
Jeff Lacher, Jacob Blakeney (4), Brett Cleveland (6), Jacob Ociesa (8), Jonathan Papelbon (9), J.B. Tucker and Gray Silva (9). Trey Wall, Jason Chabreck (2), Josh Hailey (3), Jermaine Shack (5), Chad Williams (7) and Stephen Bilokur.

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