Mungle lashed a two-run double to highlight a four-run, five-hit third-inning burst that staked MSU starter Joey Collums (3-3) to a 5-0 lead. "I thought Jon Mungle's hit was a key to the game," said MSU Coach Ron Polk.
Mungle later added a two-run home run in the seventh to cap the scoring in the game. Collums retired the first 10 batters he faced and scattered three hits during his five-inning start. He allowed one run, struck out four and did not walk a batter in picking up the win.
Joey lasted just one inning in his Sunday outing against Auburn. "I'm very thankful Coach Rock and Coach Polk had the confidence to put me back out there. I was really glad to have a chance to come out and pitch tonight. The difference (in the outings) was being able to control my fastball and get ahead of the hitters," said Collums when asked about the difference in his last two outing. Joey also commented on the early run support by the MSU hitters. "That helped me relax and take the pressure off," said Collums. "We did a great job answering them when they started making a run late in the game."
"I thought Joey Collums pitched very effectively after a rough outing against Auburn," said Coach Polk about Collums performance.
The Bulldogs scored first, opening the game with singles by Matthew Maniscalco and Chad Henry and a two-out, run-scoring hit by Steve Gendron. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with three straight singles off UAB starter Ryan Huffman (1-4) to open the third, and Mungle doubled into the right field corner to score two runs. Jason Burkley drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to right and Michael Brown singled in Mungle with the Bulldogs' fourth run of the inning.
MSU's Chad Henry enjoyed a career night with four hits, including an RBI single in the sixth inning that gave State a 6-2 lead.
"I am seeing the ball real good right now. It is my job to get on base so that guys like Jon (Mungle) can knock me in," said Henry. "The key to the game was that we got a lot of hits early."
Another positive in the game was the fact that MSU did not commit any errors in the game after committing 10 in the three-game series against Auburn this past weekend.
"That was as big a key as our offensive performance," said Henry. "It got our defensive confidence back up."
UAB second baseman Seth Rollin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a home run and drove in two of the Blazers' three runs. Matt Gaulder singled and Rollin followed with an RBI double into the left field corner in the fifth. Two innings later Rollin added a solo home run, his sixth roundtripper of the season.
Mississippi State hosts West Alabama Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. game at Dudy Noble Field. State then resumes SEC competition on the road this weekend, traveling to Nashville, Tenn., for a three-game series at Vanderbilt.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 8, UAB 3
UAB (13-27) 000 011 100 - 3-9-4
MSU (24-15-1) 104 001 20x - 8-13-0
WP - Joey Collums (3-3). LP - Ryan Huffman (2-3). HR - (MSU) Jon Mungle (7); (UAB) Seth Rollin (6). T - 2:21. ATT - 6,043 (paid), 1,588 (actual).
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