MSU Defeats UAB, 12-2

Mississippi State (27-15), behind the pitching of freshman Josh Johnson, defeated UAB (20-20), 12-2, in Birmingham, Alabama Tuesday night.

Johnson (5-1) threw 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk. He also struck out 5.

Bulldogs hitters supported him with 17 hits on the night.

MSU stays in Birmingham to take on the 32-10 Birmingham-Southern Panthers. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m. The Panthers are 20-1 at home.


MSU starting pitcher freshman RHP Josh Johnson gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st.
"When we gave them two runs in the 1st inning, I thought that Josh (Johnson) was competing but he left some pitches up. I said to myself that it looks like we will have to score a lot of runs today. And that was the only two runs they got."

Josh Johnson's performance.
"I think he threw 106 pitches, so it burns him from going to Vanderbilt. He is 5 and 1 and has been a pretty good Tuesday, Wednesday type kid for us."

MSU's hitting prowess during the game.
"We left a lot of guys on base, but we had 12 runs on 17 hits. Of course these weren't UAB's conference pitchers. But, at the same time, I thought we swung the bats pretty well."

Who will pitch against Birmingham Southern.
"(Wednesday) we'll probably mix and match. We'll probably use a lot more pitchers than we did (Tuesday). We'll start Jon Crosby."

Freshman second baseman Jeffrey Rea.
"If he stays healthy for four years, he has a chance to set a lot of records because he is going to get a lot of base hits. He'll get leg hits and doubles. He is a fun player to watch. We also have two freshmen back home, Bunky Kateon and Michael Rutledge, who I think are going to be fun to watch."

MSU's next opponent, Birmingham Southern.
"This will be a big ball game for us because it is an RPI game. I think they are 32-10 and are having a great year. They have 7 senior positions players who are starting. We are swinging the bats a lot better than when we played (and lost to) them earlier. We will face (Mac) Godwin (JR., 5-1, 1.71), a lefthander from Tupelo (MS)."

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