No. 3 Mississippi State baseball blows out Grambling State for ninth win
STARKVILLE – Tuesday was just another day at the park for Mississippi State.
The No. 3 Bulldogs beat Grambling State 10-0 at Dudy Noble Field. The Tigers played MSU close through four innings. They only trailed by a run. Then the Bulldogs (9-3) broke out for five in the fifth and three in the sixth to squash any hope the Tigers (0-8) might have still had.
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MSU sophomore Will Bednar set the tone on the mound in his first start of the season. He pitched two innings, retiring five of the six batters he faced on 31 pitches. He had five strikeouts, one hit and zero walks.
"He was great tonight," MSU head coach Chris Lemonis said.
Lemonis put seven pitchers on the mound over the final seven innings. They combined to hold Grambling to two hits and two walks. Mississippi State finished with 13 strikeouts as a team.
At the plate junior left fielder Brad Cumbest went 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Senior center fielder Rowdey Jordan drove in three runs, and senior right fielder Tanner Allen had four RBIs. Two of Allen’s came on a home run to dead center.
"He's as pure a hitter as there is in the country," Lemonis said.
Mississippi State hosts Louisiana (9-4) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Ragin’ Cajuns took two of three from Houston Baptist last weekend. They opened the season by taking two of three from Tulane, who Mississippi State also beat twice in three tries the following weekend.