PEARL, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss jumped all over Mississippi State (12-10) with 4 runs in the bottom of the first and 3 more in the bottom of the third and that was enough to defeat the Bulldogs. The 25th ranked Golden Eagles (17-4) extended its winning streak to eight games, the longest streak since winning 13 in a row late in 2015.
Taylor Braley (2-0) allowed five runs on nine hits over seven innings. He also excelled at the plate helping his own cause with an RBI double.
Freshman Matt Wallner cooled off the Bulldogs in the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season and preserve USM's first win over the Bulldogs since 2015.
Mississippi State received a solid performance from the bullpen. the quartet of Graham Ashcraft, Trysten Barlow, Cole Gordon and Jacob Barton kept the Golden Eagles in check after the third inning.
"This was a dough defeat for us, "said head coach Andy Cannizaro. "I was proud of how we battled. The bullpen did a great job of keeping the score where it needed to be to give us a chance. This was a terrific night for college baseball in Mississippi. Southern Miss has a really good team."
Denver McQuary started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs. He was lifted after two innings after allowing three hits and four runs, with two strikeouts, four walks and a hit batsman.
Trey Jolly gave up three runs on three hits while pitching the third inning.
"We just have to continue to get better, "said Cannizaro. "We made some really nice plays defensively. Some of the guys struggling at the plate had some good at-bats. We are close to winning some of these close games. We just have to keep punching and keep battling.
Mississippi State returns to Southeastern Conference play hosting Tennessee in a three-game series at Dudy Noble Field. Southern Miss entertains Marshall in Hattiesburg in C-USA play starting 6 p.m. Friday.