Brad Jones Powers MSU over USA

MOBILE, Ala. - Brad Jones went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs Tuesday night to lead No. 29 Mississippi State (24-10) to a 10-6 win over South Alabama on stadium dedication night at Eddy Stanky Field.

The Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead and put the game away with a three-run ninth.

Brad Jones hit his fourth home run of the year to open the second inning, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. He doubled in a run during a five-run fifth when State sent nine batters to the plate. Jones later singled in the seventh and had a run-scoring hit in the ninth inning.

Jeffrey Rea belted his first long ball of the year, a two-run blast in the fifth and Brian LaNinfa doubled in two runs to cap State's ninth-inning burst.

Freshman Jon Lalor drew the start for State, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs (one earned) during his 3-1/3 inning mound stint. Mike Valentine (2-0) replaced Lalor in the fourth, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. Freshman Justin Pigott scattered three hits over the final three innings and picked up his first save.

South Alabama out-hit State 14-12 but stranded 12 base-runners, eight in scoring position.

Starter P.J. Walters (6-4) took the loss, allowing seven runs (all earned) with seven hits and five strikeouts. Chase Christianson and Matt Petersen also pitched for USA.

The two teams conclude their two-game set Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Smith-Wills Stadium. Junior lefty Brooks Dunn will start for the Bulldogs.

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