However, Coach Polk was quick to point out that, "the weather is the same for both teams. That wasn't the reason we lost tonight."
UNO starter Mark Stander (2-2) checked the Bulldogs on three hits and gave up two unearned runs during a strong six-inning pitching performance. Jared Bahnsen worked the final three frames to earn his first save.
"I thought Mark Stander was effectively wild," said Polk. "It was tough to dig in on him because he looks like the type guy who could all of a sudden throw one over your head. He had a good breaking pitch and threw the ball hard. He was one of their rotation pitchers last year but this year he fell out of the rotation. The pitching coach told me after the game that they think they have corrected a mechanical flaw in his delivery."
The Bulldogs led briefly when Casey Long opened the third inning with an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Matthew Brinson's fly ball to right. But UNO answered quickly, scoring twice in the fourth off MSU starter Jacob Blakeney. Huether and Trevizo singled, Chris Adams followed with a double to right-center field and Brad Domreis lofted a sacrifice fly to right to put UNO on top 2-1.
State parlayed an error, a hit batsman, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Brent Lewis into a run that knotted the score at 2-2 in the fifth inning. Lewis, still recovering from an injury, went 2-for-4 to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
"No, I'm still a little tender," Lewis said when asked if he was completely recovered from his injury. "It's really not that bad. I wouldn't say I'm 100% but I wouldn't say I'm 60% either. I feel good enough to play."
Two innings later UNO broke that deadlock, sending eight batters to the plate during the deciding seventh-inning rally.
Jeff Lacher (0-2), the third of four Bulldog hurlers in the game, took the loss for MSU. He lasted 2/3 of an inning and was charged with all four UNO runs in the seventh.
UNO more than doubled the hits of MSU with 12 to MSU's 5.
MSU's Steve Gendron game credit where credit was due. "They had good pitchers. They mixed it up and pitched backwards. They did a good job."
MSU and UNO conclude their two-game midweek set Wednesday at 3 p.m. Senior Ryan Carroll (0-0, 6.43) has been tabbed for his first career start while junior lefty Brandon Migues (1-0, 4.43) will open on the mound for UNO.
NEW ORLEANS 7, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
UNO (15-9) 000 200 401 --- 7-12-1
MSU (12-8-1) 001 010 001 --- 3-5-2
WP ---Mark Stander (2-2). LP --- Jeff Lacher (0-2) . T ---3:03. ATT --- 507 (actual), 5,781 (paid).
OTHER POST-GAME QUOTES:
Talk about the hitting of your team.
"We walked 8 times tonight and only scored 3 times. We didn't have any contagious hitting."
You've had a lot of cold weather games this season.
"Yeah, it seems like we can't get two or three games together without a 40 degree day. We will run into some good weather soon."
Talk a little about their pitchers.
"They were pretty good. You've got to give them credit. We still didn't swing the bats like we should have. That's the way it goes sometimes. Everybody has bad games."
Talk a little about the game.
"It was cold, windy and wet. We didn't hit the ball and they did hit the ball."
The outfield seemed to be tough to play on tonight.
"Yes, it was soaking wet. I tried to plant my feet and fell down. It was tough getting good jumps."
It seems like everytime an error was made, other teams capitalized on them.
"Other teams have done a good job capitalizing on our errors. That is part of the game. Sometimes it will happen, sometimes it won't. In the Kentucky series we had a couple of errors that they didn't capitalize on."
You've faced a lot of good teams this season.
"We've faced a lot of good talent this year, but we have to step up and win the mid-week games."
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