March 1, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 15th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs used strong pitching to top the Michigan State baseball team, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State starter Austin Sexton limited the Spartans to just three hits in 6.0 innings, while relievers Myles Gentry and Jonathan Holder combined to give up just one hit the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs (9-4) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, courtesy of a leadoff homer by Reid Humphreys and then a Zack Randolph infield RBI single.
Mississippi State doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Demarcus Henderson produced an RBI single and Randolph made it 4-0 when he grounded into a double play that allowed Henderson to score from third.
Michigan State (4-5) made its first scoring threat of the day in the sixth as PJ Nowak and Anthony Cheky both singled to give the Spartans a pair of base runners. But Gentry got Blaise Salter to fly out and keep MSU off the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs put the game away in the eighth, scoring three runs off two hits and one Spartan error to take a 7-0 lead.
Cheky broke Mississippi State's shutout bid in the top of the ninth, scoring on a wild pitch.
Spartan starting pitcher Anthony Misiewicz (0-2) was chased from the game during Mississippi State's two-run fourth inning. He yielded four runs off five hits, walked three batters and struck out one.
Mike Theodore, Mike Mestdagh and Josh Buchalski combined to pitch the rest of the way.
Sexton earned his first win of the season in tossing six innings of shutout ball.
The Spartans will play their final game of The Diamond Classic tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET when they face Eastern Illinois.