Bulldogs Keep Pace in SEC West and Catch Carolina In Wins Column

Dakota Hudson aced another road test, throwing a complete-game shutout as Mississippi State defeated Auburn 4-0 at Plainsman Park.

Hudson (8-3) blanked the Tigers for his first career shutout and his second complete game (Ole Miss, April 1). He was touched for just six base hits and only in their eighth did the home team truly threaten. But after allowing consecutive singles to begin the inning, Hudson rolled a double-play and a grounder to strand a Tiger short of home plate.

Hudson walked just one and struck out six. “I thought he was just magnificent tonight,” Coach John Cohen said on post-game radio.

Meanwhile the Bulldog offense got eleven hits off a couple of Auburn moundsmen. Most of those went un-scored but State bunched just enough hits in a couple of turns to support Hudson. C Jack Kruger broke scoring ice two outs into the top of the third with a solo home run. 1B Nate Lowe reached on an error, 3B Gavin Collins singled, and they were scored in-order as DH Brent Rooker doubled and LF Reid Humphreys singled.

2B John Holland gave Hudson a little more margin in the sixth as singled in CF Jacob Robson. The 5-through-8 Bulldog batters each had two base hits.

It was State’s first SEC shutout in two years.

Now 35-14-1 overall and 16-9 SEC, the Bulldogs stayed alone in second place for the West. Both Ole Miss and LSU won, though since the Rebels began their series with Kentucky last night they are 16-10 and the Tigers just 15-10. Of course the Bulldogs have the straight-up tiebreaker on both.

Texas A&M won at South Carolina, which does the Dogs no good in the Division but does at least tie them with the Gamecocks in the overall win column. Florida defeated Vanderbilt, another double-edge score to State. That keeps the Gators first in the SEC overall, but pushes the Commodores a game farther back behind the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State will try to seal its fifth SEC road series Saturday with a 3:30 start. RHP Austin Sexton (5-2) gets the ball.

Genespage.com’s Steve Robertson will file a game story from the site shortly along with player interviews. He filed this attached post-game interview with Cohen.

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