Mississippi State clips visiting Delta Devils

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Matthew Britton delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning to spark a three-run rally that lifted Mississippi State to a 6-3 victory Tuesday over Mississippi Valley State.

The Bulldogs (30-18) added two more runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single by Adam Frazier, who had the first four-hit game of his college career. The sophomore went 4-for-5, including two doubles. Taylor Stark added two hits and two RBIs, and Britton was 2-for-5.

Three Mississippi State pitchers held Valley (14-36) to just five hits, but the Delta Devils hung tough. Seth Milliorn had an RBI single in the third inning, and Valley scored two runs with the help of two errors to tie the game at 3.

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Milliorn and Luke Brumfield finished with two hits apiece for the Delta Devils.

Pitcher David Lostra gave up three runs in the first inning, then kept the Bulldogs off the board until the seventh. Lostra hit a batter and gave up two hits, including the go-ahead single to Britton, before he was pulled.

Ross Mitchell pitched 42⁄3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for Mississippi State, and Jacob Lindgrin worked the eighth and ninth for his first save of the season. The game was delayed 34 minutes at the start by rain, and once it started the Bulldogs were without head coach John Cohen. He was suspended for one game by the Southeastern Conference following his ejection in Sunday’s loss to Alabama. Pitching coach Butch Thompson managed the team in Cohen’s place.

Delta State 14, Ala.-Huntsville 8

Delta State tied a Gulf South Conference Tournament record with 24 hits, and won its 12th league championship. DSU also earned a berth in next week’s NCAA Division II South Regional.

Delta State (40-12) entered as the tournament’s top seed, but had to win twice Tuesday to escape the losers’ bracket and take the title.