PEARL, MS (WLOX) - A crowd of 5,982 turned out at Trustmark Park in Pearl and they watched 12th ranked Mississippi State pound out 18 hits.
Nathaniel Lowe led the Bulldogs offensive attack with a career-high four hits on the night. Mississippi State hopes Tuesday's game will be a tune-up when the Bulldogs open a three-game series this weekend at Dudy Noble Field hosting SEC and in-state rival Ole Miss.
"We had a really good offensive night, "MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We had some things fall our way and that happens sometimes in baseball. On the mound, we didn't walk anybody. That's a huge stat. That's a winning stat."
MSU (18-7-1) won for the seventh time in the last eight meetings with Southern Miss (19-7). Last season the Golden Eagles prevailed 3-0. The 18 hits on Tuesday was the Bulldogs second-highest hit total of the season.
Jacob Robson had a three-hit game for the fifth time this season. Elih Marrero also had three hits for the second time this year. Reid Humphreys, John Holland and Ryan Gridley also added multiple hits.
Southern Miss led 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning, but the Bulldogs plated four runs in the bottom half of the inning and never trailed after that.
Southern Miss rallied and closed within 8-5 in the top half of the seventh only to see Mississippi State come right back with two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth.
Konnor Pilkington of Hurley allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings of work in his first starting assignment. Sophomore right-hander Ryan Rigby (3-0) pitched 2.2 innings in relief of Pilkington to pick up the win.
Tim Lynch led Southern Miss at the plate with three hits. Dylan Burdeaux and Tracy Hadley each had two hits for the Golden Eagles. Hadlley hit a home run. Cody Livingston (1-2) suffered the loss on the mound.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss clash 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 on Sunday.