MSU shuts out Louisiana Tech, 7-0

JACKSON, Miss. - Pitchers Eric Ebers and Brett Cleveland combined for a two-hit shutout Tuesday night as No. 21 Mississippi State (11-2) blanked Louisiana Tech (8-14) 7-0 in the Entergy Louisiana Series. The game drew 3,356 fans to Smith-Wills Stadium. The game marked the first night competition and the first game away from Dudy Noble Field for MSU.

Ebers (2-0) struck out six of the first eight batters he faced and allowed two hits, both singles by Tech rightfielder Jeffrey Walker. Ebers struck out a season-high eight in seven innings of mound action. Cleveland struck out five of the six batters he faced over the last two innings to preserve Mississippi State's third shutout of the year.

Eight of the nine starters in the MSU batting order had hits as Mississippi State piled up 17 hits, second-most this season. Secopnd baseman Jeffrey Rea extended his team-leading hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-3 outing. Rea walked twice and scored three runs. Six other Bulldogs had two hits, including Steve Gendron and Jeff Butts who had a single and a double each.

MSU plated single runs in the first and second frames and stranded six base runners over the first three frames before erupting for three runs during a six-hit burst in the fourth. Butts and Gendron delivered their doubles off LTU starter Chris Herron (1-2) and Rea and Craig Tatum lashed run-scoring singles when State batted through the order.

MSU completed its scoring two innings later, opening the frame with four singles and a sacrifice fly to plate two more runs.

State continues play in Jackson Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., serving as the designated visiting team in a Entergy Louisiana Series matchup with Louisiana-Monroe (10-8).

Freshman righthander Josh Johnson (2-0, 0.00) has been tabbed as MSU's starting pitcher.


MSU 110 302 000 - 7-17-0
LTU 000 000 000 - 0- 2-1

WP - Eric Ebers (2-0). LP - Chris Herron (1-2). T - 2:34. ATT - 3,356.

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