In the MSU fourth inning, Brad Corley hit a three-run home run and Craig Tatum hit a two-run home run. For each MSU player, it was their second home run of the season. Those longballs highlighted a six-run fourth inning as MSU blew open a tight contest to take a 9-1.
The Bulldogs actually scored in six different at-bats. State quickly erased a 1-0 deficit with one unearned run in its half of the first inning. MSU then grabbed the lead for good on a run-scoring balk call and Corley sacrifice fly in the third inning.
A two-run single by Michael Rutledge was the big blow in the fifth inning as the Bulldogs rolled out to a 14-1 advantage.
Jackson State tried to battle back with two runs in the seventh inning and a single score in the ninth inning.
For MSU, Jeffrey Rea, Steve Gendron, Tyler Scarbrough and Tatum each had two hits. Scarbrough had three RBIs, while Tatum, Rutledge and Gendron each had two RBIs.
Brooks Dunn (1-0) worked five strong innings to pick up the victory in his first career MSU start.
"It felt good to get the win," Dunn said. "We have started the season strong. I am just glad I was able to step up and contribute today."
Dunn allowed two hits and no earned runs with no walks and three strikeouts. Todd Doolittle, Brett Cleveland, Mike Valentine and Saunders Ramsey each threw one inning in relief for the Bulldogs.
Jarred Vaughn (0-1) lasted three innings and took the loss for JSU. Omar Stokley, Omari Turner, Donte Hill, Chris Smith and Courtney Green pitched in relief for the Tigers.
Joaquin Rodriguez had a single and double to highlight JSU's seven-hit attack.
Mississippi State 18, JSU 4
Jackson State (5-6) 100 000 201 --- 4-7-2
MSU (4-0) 102 653 10x --- 18-15-3
WP --- Brooks Dunn (1-0). LP --- Jarred Vaughn (0-1). HR --- JSU: Johnson (1); MSU: Corley (2), Tatum (2). ATT --- 5234 (paid), 407 (actual).