STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State (7-1-1) scored six runs in the second inning and six Bulldog pitchers combined for the club's first shutout of the year Wednesday afternoon as MSU blanked Jackson State 9-0 at Dudy Noble Field. It was the sixth MSU shutout in the last seven meetings with the Tigers (4-6)."> STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State (7-1-1) scored six runs in the second inning and six Bulldog pitchers combined for the club's first shutout of the year Wednesday afternoon as MSU blanked Jackson State 9-0 at Dudy Noble Field. It was the sixth MSU shutout in the last seven meetings with the Tigers (4-6).">

Diamond Dogs blank JSU 9-0 for sixth straight win

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/baseballgames/2002/jsu030202.jpg" align="left" width="192" height="144"> STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State (7-1-1) scored six runs in the second inning and six Bulldog pitchers combined for the club's first shutout of the year Wednesday afternoon as MSU blanked Jackson State 9-0 at Dudy Noble Field. It was the sixth MSU shutout in the last seven meetings with the Tigers (4-6).

"In the late 70's and early 80's there were some ball clubs that Jackson State had that had some really good athletes and always seemed to have that one pretty good arm," said MSU coach Ron Polk. "Today, they just didn't throw enough strikes to stay in the ballgame."

The Bulldogs were out-hit 6-5 but took advantage of 13 walks, three hit batsmen and four wild pitches to register their sixth straight win of the young season.

Redshirt freshman Jon Mungle was the recipient of three of those walks. "It was kind of hard to lay off of some of those pitches because you want to go up there and swing," said Mungle. "We talked before the game about their pitchers. We knew we weren't going to face pitchers like we had been facing."

Steve Gendron (1-of-2, 2 RBI) and Casey Long (1-of-2, 3 RBI) delivered two-run singles during the six-run second inning that saw 10 Bulldogs come to the plate. Five of the six runs were charged to JSU freshman starter Nicholas White (0-1), who retired the Bulldogs in order in the first but failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the second.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third inning with a trio of walks, a hit batsman and a sacrifice fly by Long, his third RBI of the game.

Jeff Lacher allowed three hits and walked two in three innings of shutout mound work as the Bulldog starter. Chris Young, the fifth of six MSU hurlers, struck out four of the seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings to earn his second win this year. His first win was a complete-game performance last week against UL-Monroe.

When Young was asked whether he felt any after-effects from the nine-inning, complete-game he threw last week, he said, "I felt find. I had a week off between games. I worked pretty hard during the week to be able to come back and pitch."

Young has now pitched 13 innings, allowing 11 hits, 8 earned runs while walking 2 and striking out 11. His ERA is 5.54.

Also of note was Bulldog pitcher Jacob Blakeney, who made his second strong relief appearance since coming back from a hand injury.

The Bulldogs hitters got the chance to face highly touted Jackson State pitcher Anthony Pearson in the 5th and 6th innings. About a dozen Major League Baseball scouts were at the game to evaluate him. Pearson's fastball registered 88-91 mph on my gun. He showed a very easy motion and late movement on his fastball at times but was also wild at times. He allowed 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 walks and struck out 2 during his two-inning stint.

"He was a lot different than the other guys," said Mungle. "He is about what we usually face. His fastball was in the 87-88 range, but he had control problems like some of their other guys."

The Bulldogs open a three-game weekend series against first-time opponent Loyola Marymount (5-12) Friday at Dudy Noble Field.

Don't let Loyola Marymount's record fool you. They have faced ranked opponents in nine of their first seventeen games and ten of their games have been on the road.

Mississippi State will pitch Tanner Brock (2-0, 0.69), Paul Maholm (1-1, 3.38) and Joey Collums (1-0, 2.25) against them.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 9, JACKSON STATE 0
JSU (4-6) 000 000 000 - 0-6-1
MSU (7-1-1) 062 000 01x - 9-5-0
WP --- Chris Young (2-0). LP --- Nicholas White (0-1). HR --- none. T: 2:40. ATT. --- 1,333 (actual), 6,123 (paid).

Baseball Notes:

  • MSU's season ticket sales have increased to 5,567.
  • MSU is ranked in three of the four polls, NCBWA 21st, Baseball Weekly/ESPN 25th, and Collegiate Baseball 26th. They are unranked in Baseball America.
  • Loyola Marymount is hitting .242 on the season. They have scored 81 runs in 17 games, a 4.8 run per game average. They have hit 9 home runs. Their team ERA is 7.23 and their fielding percentage is .944.
  • LMU's record on the road is 2-8.


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