The Bulldogs began their comeback in the second inning, scoring a run on a single by Steve Gendron and Jon Mungle's double into the left field corner. State plated two more off UTM starter Jason Sullivan in the fourth on Robby Goodson's bases-loaded single to right, cutting the Skyhawks' lead to 5-3.
Three innings later Matthew Brinson, the SEC Player of the Week, lashed a game-tying two-run shot over the Dudy Noble Fence in right-centerfield.
Jason Venczel (0-5) replaced Sullivan in the eighth with the score tied at 5-5 and worked around a lead-off single by Brent Lewis. But in the ninth Matthew Maniscalco walked and stole second, Chad Henry reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and Brinson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jason Burkley's grounder was mishandled at first base by Brian Jordan, and Maniscalco raced home with the winning run. Maniscalco extended his career-best and team season-longest hitting streak to 12 games with a third inning single.
Young retired 16 of the first 18 batters he faced and allowed four baserunners during his pitching stint.
Lewis and Gendron had two hits each to pace MSU's 10-hit attack. Jordan went 3-for-4 and drove in three of UT Martin's five runs.
Mississippi State travels to Jackson, Miss., Wednesday to meet instate SEC rival Mississippi in the 23rd annual Mayor's Trophy game. The Bulldogs are expected to start Jacob Blakeney (0-1, 5.87) in the 6:30 p.m. game at Smith-Wills Stadium.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 6, UT MARTIN 5
UTM (10-15) 230 000 000 - 5-6-3
MSU (15-9-1) 010 200 201 - 6-10-3
WP - Chris Young (4-0). LP - Jason Venczel (0-5). HR - Matthew Brinson (5). T - 2:32. ATT - 1,612 (actual), 6099 (paid).