No. 5 Mississippi State maintained its perfect midweek record throughout the entirety of the regular season as it prepares for the final weekend of SEC regular-season play.
The Diamond Dogs improved to 15-0 in midweek play following its 7-3 victory over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. It is the first time MSU has won all of its midweek games since doing so in 2013.
“You come off an emotional high in the SEC where you’re really grinding every game and every pitch and to come through a midweek takes a lot of focus,” said MSU closer Cole Gordon. “You have to come in ready to play because if you’re not that team could’ve beaten us tonight and any team we’ve played could’ve beaten us really bad.”
State, which trails Arkansas by one game in the race for the SEC West title, closes out its regular season hosting South Carolina in a three-game series starting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Mississippi State was able to buck its midweek trend of late by not having to rally back against Louisiana Tech. Marshall Gilbert got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run homer to right.
“I was sitting fastball the entire way, looking out over the plate,” Gilbert said. “When (Louisiana Tech starter Logan Robbins) got it out over the plate, I just put a good swing on it like (MSU hitting coach Jake) Gautreau has been teaching us to do all year.”
MSU added three more runs in the third on a two-run double by Rowdey Jordan and an RBI single from Dustin Skelton. State also plated a pair of runs in the fifth on two-out RBI singles from Gilbert and Luke Hancock.
Mississippi State finished with a dozen hits led by Justin Foscue going 3 for 4 with a double.
Jordan and Hancock were both 2 for 3 with Jordan’s two-run double and Hancock also driving in a run. Gilbert went 2 for 4 at the dish with three RBIs and Jordan Westburg was 2 for 5 with a double.
nOle Miss: Arkansas State scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 walk-off win against No. 15 Ole Miss Tuesday night in Jonesboro.
It was the final non-conference game of the season for the Rebels (32-21) who begin their final SEC series Thursday at Tennessee.
In the ninth, the Red Wolves scored their final two runs when Kyle MacDonald singled off Austin Miller, the third Ole Miss reliever of the inning.
The winning run was unearned as center fielder Ryan Olenek was charged with an error.
Olenek went 3 for 5 at the plate, starting and playing the entire game after a viral infection caused him to miss all three games as the Rebels were swept by rival Mississippi State over the weekend.
Arkansas State (26-26) began the day with an RPI of 137.