The Diamond Dawgs could not win the series with Holy Cross, losing Sunday afternoon 6-1. At 4-4 on the young season, it would be an understatement to say this is disappointing.
Dakota Hudson got the start but only went three innings. He gave up a run in the first and barely survived trouble in the 3rd with a double play to end the inning leaving the bases loaded. Things really fell apart in the 4th inning. Vance Tatum came in but gave up three hits – all of them came home to score. John Marc Shelly came in for Tatum and with runners at 2nd & 3rd the infield was drawn in – Holy Cross used that to their advantage with a high hopper over the head of Brett Pirtle to plate two more. That man would eventually come home as well for a four-run inning.
Shelly left the game with an elbow injury.
MSU couldn’t get anything going all day against HC pitcher Donny Murray. He was able to keep State hitters off balance only giving up 5 hits through 7+ innings. The only run came on a Jake Vickerson RBI single.
The one bright spot was Jacob Lindgren who went 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out five and not allowing a hit.
This is obviously not a good start. Cohen said he feels like some of the guys battling for spots are pressing a little bit, and lacking confidence. In this game he contributed things to not throwing first pitch strikes and hitting the ball hard right at folks. He said we are “caught in-between” right now but we’ll continue to grow and should be a really good team a month from now.