Light-hitting Bulldogs take series from ‘Bama

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, May 5, 2012

No offense?

No problem, for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs made the most of their three hits Saturday, getting RBI hits from Trey Porter, Mitch Slauter and Tyler Fullerton to beat Alabama 3-2 and take the series from their division rival.

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It’s Mississippi State’s first series win in Tuscaloosa since 2004, and third straight series win in the Southeastern Conference. MSU (29-17, 12-11 SEC) also won its third straight game overall — despite getting a total of 12 hits in that stretch.

Alabama (17-30, 6-17) had eight hits in the game. Taylor Dugas and Jared Reaves had two apiece.

“It’s not happening for us (offensively) but if you look around the league, it’s just not happening for a lot of people,” Mississippi State coach John Cohen said. “There’s been 43 one-run games in our league already right now. I think we pitch it and defend it well enough to win any game right now.”

To compensate for their lack of hitting, the Bulldogs took advantage of four walks and two hit batsmen. Adam Frazier led off the game with a walk and scored on a base hit by Porter. In the third inning, Sam Frost was hit by a pitch and scored on Slauter’s double to give MSU a 2-0 lead.

State’s third run came in the seventh inning, when Brent Brownlee walked, went from first to third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on an infield single by Fullerton.

“I made a few mistakes and hit a few guys giving them free bases. I think that is what hurt us, we got the hits we needed but we just couldn’t string them together,” said Alabama starter Jon Keller (1-5), who walked three batters and hit two in seven innings.

Mississippi State used five pitchers in the game. The second in line, Evan Mitchell, threw 11⁄3 scoreless innings and got the win. Jonathan Holder worked the eighth and ninth for his third save of the season.

A freshman right-hander, Holder has not allowed a run in 192⁄3 innings of work this season.