Casey Long went 4-for-4 and led a parade of Bulldog hitters with multiple-hit performances on a day when all nine Bulldog starters had hits. Chad Henry, Jon Mungle and Robby Goodson had three hits each while Matthew Maniscalco drove in three runs with his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. State got consecutive doubles by Mungle, Goodson and Long and a season-first two-run blast by Henry during a four-run burst in the second inning. Mungle and Goodson doubled twice for the Bulldogs.
Joey Collums (2-1) gave up a pair of singles and had runners at second and third to open the game. But the Germantown, Tenn., product worked through it and a bases-loaded jam in the fifth during a solid seven innings of shutout pitching. Brian Owens and Jacob Blakeney worked the final two innings.
UK starter Scott Wade (3-4) took the loss, giving up nine runs on 10 hits before leaving the game in the fifth inning.
Mississippi State returns to action at Dudy Noble Field Tuesday night, hosting the University of New Orleans Privateers at 6:30 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 13, KENTUCKY 3
MSU (12-7-1, 3-3 SEC) 040 414 000 - 13-19-2
UK (11-12, 2-4 SEC) 000 000 003 - 3-7-0
WP - Joey Collums (2-1). LP - Scott Wade (3-4). HR - (MSU) Matthew Maniscalco (1), Chad Henry (1); (UK) Seth Morris (7). T - 2:30. ATT - 502