Bulldogs blast South Alabama

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mississippi State used a little power to muscle its way past South Alabama on Tuesday night.

Gavin Collins hit two home runs — a pair of two-run shots in the fourth and eighth innings — and the Bulldogs won 7-3 at Dudy Noble Field.

Collins helped the Bulldogs rally after falling behind 3-0 in the third inning. He finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

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On the mound, Mississippi State (9-3-1) used eight pitchers, none of whom threw more than 2 1/3 innings.

Ethan Small, the sixth pitcher used, struck out three batters in 2 1/3 innings and got the win. He retired all seven batters he faced.

“We had a good look at our pitching staff tonight,” Mississippi State coach John Cohen said. “These young arms are getting excited out there. They just need to work on their velocity. Offensively, Gavin Collins really came through for us with a great night.”

Mississippi State only had seven hits, and Collins was the only player with more than one. They didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning, when Nathaniel Lowe singled with two outs and Collins followed with his first home run.

In the sixth inning, Cody Brown and Jack Kruger each drew one-out walks. Brent Rooker followed with a pinch-hit, two-run double down the left field line to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.

Reid Humphreys singled and scored a run in the seventh inning, and Collins’ second home run in the eighth made it 7-3.

“Collins got some big swings for us, but I thought the biggest swing of the night was Rooker coming off the bench,” Cohen said. “He’s got a little bit of an ankle (injury) and we held him out tonight. He stepped in there and hit a big double for us at a huge portion of the ballgame.”

Ole Miss 10, Southeast Missouri 2

Michael Fitzsimmons went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs, Errol Robinson also had two hits and two RBIs, and Ole Miss (11-1) routed Southeast Missouri (6-6) in the opener of a two-game midweek series in Oxford.

Henri Lartigue had two hits and scored three runs for the Rebels, and Kyle Watson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Ole Miss won its sixth consecutive game.

“We had some guys get it going tonight,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “(Henri) Lartigue gets a single and then a double late. Errol is starting to heat up a little; certainly we need him. To watch Michael Fitzsimmons come off the bench and be ready to hit, I’m excited he had a good night. Watson comes off the bench and gets two big hits. A lot of guys swung it well.”

Southern Miss 9, SE Louisiana 7

Southern Miss rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night to beat Southeastern Louisiana.

The Golden Eagles (11-2) trailed 7-5 entering the ninth, but loaded the bases on a walk, an error and a single by Dylan Burdeaux. Tim Lynch’s RBI single cut the deficit to one run, and Burdeaux scored the tying run on a passed ball.

Another error with two outs brought in Jake Sandlin with the go-ahead run, and Lynch scored on Michael Gilbert’s single to make it 9-7.

Burdeaux finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, and Nick Dawson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Jameson Fisher homered and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Southeastern Louisiana (6-6).

Southern Miss and Southeastern Louisiana will play the second game of their midweek series Wednesday night in Hattiesburg. Tuesday’s game was in Hammond, La.

LSU 6, Louisiana Tech 3

LSU (10-2) scored five runs in an early two-inning stretch to defeat Louisiana Tech (8-4) and earn its sixth consecutive win.

Jake Fraley went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for LSU, and Beau Jordan drove in a pair of runs. Greg Deichmann was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI and a run scored. LSU hit four doubles.

LSU used five pitchers in the midweek game. Reliever Austin Bain allowed one run and struck out four in three innings to earn the win. Caleb Gilbert worked the ninth and earned the Tigers’ first save of the season.

Chase Lunceford had an RBI single for Louisiana Tech, and his former Hinds Community College teammate Jordan Washam also drove in a run.

Louisiana Tech starter Tyler Clancy (3-1) allowed five runs in three innings.