MSU, Air Force Split A DH

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Justin Pigott pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball to lead Mississippi State past Air Force 3-1 in the opening game of a college baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. The Falcons battled back to take a 6-4 victory in the second game before a crowd of 2,828.

Pigott (2-0) threw 97 pitches in seven innings of work. The senior left-hander struck out nine batters for a second straight start. Pigott allowed one run (earned) and only walked two batters. Aaron Weatherford recorded five strikeouts in two innings of relief, earning his second save.

M-State (3-3) scored single runs in the first, second and sixth innings. The Bulldogs scored on a fielding error in the first inning. Russ Sneed had an RBI single in the second inning. Jason Nappi homered in a second straight game with a solo shot in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs bunched together 13 hits but failed to expand the lead, thanks in part to four Air Force double plays.

Nappi finished with a team-best three hits. Mark Goforth, Tyler Moore, Ryan Collins and Sneed also had multiple hits. Nappi and Sneed have hit safely in all six MSU games this season.

Alex Truesdale (0-1) took the loss for Air Force (2-4). Truesdale allowed 12 hits and three runs (two earned) in seven innings of work. Brad Pingel pitched the eighth inning for AFA. Matt Alexander had two hits to pace the Falcons' four hit-attack.

In the second contest, the Bulldogs battled back from a 5-1 deficit. MSU scored two runs in the seventh inning, and tacked on another in the eighth, but failed to force the tie. Air Force plated an insurance run in the ninth inning to put the contest away.

In the second contest, MSU managed 10 hits. Connor Powers led the attack with three hits. Johnny Allen had a single, a triple and two RBIs. MSU stranded 10 base runners and continued a day long trend of bad luck - hitting into three double plays for a total of seven twin killings on the afternoon.

Chad Crosswhite (0-1) pitched 4-1/3 innings and took the loss. He allowed five hits and four runs (all earned), with two walks and five strikeouts. Forrest Moore and Greg Houston followed in relief for the Bulldogs.

Nathan Carter and Jake Allen each had a pair of hits for Air Force, which totaled eight hits. Brad Pingel (1-0) pitched 3-2/3 innings in middle relief to garner the win for the Falcons. Jake Petro pitched the final inning, working around a pair of hits to earn his first save.

MSU and Air Force complete their three-game weekend series with a 1:30 p.m. CT start Sunday. The only broadcast available for Sunday's contest will be a free audio stream through Maroon to the Max, mstateathletics.com's premium streaming service. The audio stream will be free of charge to the general public and can be accessed by visiting M2M's Live Events page at start time and clicking on the associated audio icon. Fans are not required to register for M2M to access the stream.


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