Keep it here for updates through the weekend on Mississippi State Baseball opening weekend.
Weekend schedule for the Bulldogs:
- Friday at 4:30 vs. Florida Atlantic
- Saturday at noon vs. South Dakota State
- Saturday at noon vs. Florida Atlantic
- Sunday at 3:30 vs. South Dakota State
If you missed our plethora of preview material, HERE it is.
Here is Joel Coleman’s baseball podcast to preview the weekend and the season for the Mississippi State baseball team:
And if you want to get some of the tweets from the official Mississippi State Baseball Twitter Account, we’ve got those for you as well.
We’ll update how each game played out on this page when the games are done.
Well that went poorly.
The Mississippi State Baseball team dropped their season opener to the Florida Atlantic Owls 10-6. It was a night of mixed results for the Bulldogs.
After all of the hype in the preseason for Dakota Hudson, the heralded pitcher had a rough first inning. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down nicely after the rough start. Hudson would strikeout eight batters, walk three, and give up five hits in five innings of work.
Had he not needed so many pitches in the first inning, Hudson might could have gone deeper in the game for the Mississippi State baseball team. When Hudson exited the game after the fifth inning, the game was tied at two runs apiece.
Freshman Kale Breaux came on in relief and threw a scoreless sixth. But then the bullpen unraveled in the seventh inning. Four different freshmen pitchers were used from the bullpen in the seventh inning. Between them, 12 FAU players came to the plate and eight of them scored to give FAU a 10-2 lead.
The Mississippi State baseball team didn’t give up. They chipped away at the lead over the last three innings of the game. The Bulldogs accumulated 17 hits in the game, but they were only able to get six of them across the plate.
The Bulldogs took a tough loss, but they have a chance to rebound tomorrow with a double header against these same Florida Atlantic Owls and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
Dawgs exploded for 17 runs on 17 hits to win 17-4. Jack Kruger starts his MSU career off pretty well with three doubles in two games going 3 for 5 in this one. Daniel Brown didn’t get the win as he only pitched four and two-thirds, but Keegan James did notch the W closing out the game with one run in four and a third.
Three years ago Central Arkansas snuck up on a 17-0 Bulldog team and won two of three in the regular season. Then they were invited to the Starkville Regional as the four seed and proceeded to push MSU to the brink before State pulled out a Game 7 victory. Well, I hope we don’t see Florida Atlantic again for similar reasons. The Owls shut MSU down – allowing only four hits and not surrendering any runs. Austin Sexton got the start for the Dawgs, he gave up four in 4.2, which Vance Tatum finished the game allowing no runs in 4.1.
15-5 win over South Dakota State. Zac Houston got the start but gave up a handful of runs in just over three innings, but the Bulldogs were able to keep up offensively. Jack Kruger continued his impressive start with a 3 for 4 game – he is leading the team with a .563 batting average through four games.
Up next is Memphis at the Dude, Tuesday at 4:00.