STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2) extended its winning streak to six games by blasting Alcorn State at Dudy Noble Field.
Bulldogs coach John Cohen said, "We needed to get some pitchers out there for their work. the game was business-like. When you have weather like you have today, you are worried. You don't have a large crowd at the ballpark. So you have to focus and I thought we really did that and treated the game like it was important."
Eight Mississippi State pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in the 14-0 win over the Braves.
Keegan James (2-0) threw the first inning and earned the win. Ethan Small, Noah Hughes, Konner Pilkington, Jared Padgett, Ryan Cyr, Vance Tatum and Reid Humphreys each threw in relief. Pilkington, the former East Central High School ace, was the only pitcher to throw two innings.
Mississippi State collected 17 hits and scored eight runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs have banged out 17 hits in four different games this season.
The Bulldogs open the first of a three game West Coast road swing Friday at 8 p.m. facing UCLA on the UCLA campus. They'll battle Southern Cal 4 p.m. Saturday on the USC campus and close out the West Coast trip Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium, a date with Oklahoma.