Mississippi State has won eight-straight SEC games. That hasn’t happened here since 1992. The overall winning streak is nine.
The 19 SEC wins is the most by a Bulldog team since 1997. And with one more victory this weekend, they will tie for the most conference wins ever at Mississippi State; 20 by the 1989 team which also won the program’s last SEC crown.
With one more win these Dogs will have set the record for SEC series won, at nine. They tied the mark set in 1983 (8 of 8) and tied in 1997 (8 of 9).
As noted in the game story, Jake Mangum took over the SEC batting lead tonight. His 5-of-5 evening, the first five-hit outing for the freshman, puts him at .423 going into Friday. He passed Texas A&M’s Boomer White who began the week at .426 but in two games has tumbled to .410 and was 0-of-3 in the Aggie win over Ole Miss.
Mangum had, by his standards, a slow spell at 3-of-18 before turning it back on in game two at Auburn. He’s 10-of-15 in the last three games and has scored eight times.
Gavin Collins hit his first career triple with that three-bagger to lead off the fifth inning.
Collins has extended his hitting streak to 15 games. In this stretch he is 23-of-60.
Nate Lowe’s two doubles give him 19 on the year. Jack Kruger has 17 now. State is running away with the SEC doubles lead, now with 117.
Kruger now has a six-game hitting streak going, in which he is 14-of-29 with eight runs and 7 RBI.
No offense to the scouts who largely selected State’s three representatives for the Ferris Trophy. But Lowe was hard to leave off. In his last three games he is 9-of-13 with 7 RBI and six runs scored.
Extend this to an eight-game stretch and Lowe is 19-of-34 with 12 RBI.
Also, Lowe actually has a better hits-per-game average (1.43) than even Mangum and Kruger (1.33 both). And he has the most multi-hit games on the roster, 23.
The RBI race stays tight. Lowe held his lead, now at 46, as both Reid Humphreys (45) and Brent Rooker (44) each added one of their own tonight.
Dakota Hudson now has thrown 100.1 innings on the season, and has 101 strikeouts.
In his three complete games (Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas), Hudson has allowed just 15 hits and one run in 27 innings.
Hudson also threw the first nine innings in State’s opener at Vanderbilt but got no decision as the Dogs won in extra innings.
For that matter the MSU pitching staff as a whole has 478 strikeouts in 479.1 innings.
They haven’t had a lot of save opportunities lately, what with the strong starting. But this relief staff still has closed out 15 games for official saves compared to just nine in all last season.
State is now 34-1 when leading after the sixth inning ends.
The Bulldog offense has double-digit hits in their last six games.