Mississippi State Baseball: No. 5 Mississippi State 5, Tulane 4
Dudy Noble Field was filled with chippiness and drama all weekend long for Bulldog fans. Sunday afternoon was the bow on top as No. 5 Mississippi State (5-2, 0-0 SEC) followed up Saturday’s wild ending with yet another walk-off to secure a series win over Tulane (3-4, 0-0 AAC).
Jackson Fristoe began the game on the bump for the Bulldogs, and he gave State 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one, and striking out seven. Brandon Smith provided 2.1 solid innings in relief to keep Tulane at bay, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
Tulane got on the board with solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, but a three-run bottom of the sixth spearheaded by Kamren James‘ two-run shot to leftfield put Mississippi State in the lead.
The score would hold 3-2 Mississippi State until the top two-out single and home run by Luis Aviles off Bulldog closer Spencer Price gave the Green Wave a late 4-3 advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth, McGowan walked and swiped second base with one out. A two-out walk to Scotty Dubrule followed a lineout by Rowdey Jordan. A wild pitch moved the runners over 90 feet, and then Tanner Allen delivered the game-winning knock to left-center as both runners scored to give State the hard-fought win.
Spencer Price (1-0) earned the win after working the ninth. Logan Tanner finished 2-3 with a walk on the afternoon, with Kamren James adding two RBIs on his home run.
Mississippi State will battle Southern Miss on Wednesday night in Pearl. The first pitch from Trustmark Park is set for 6 PM CT. Tennessee Tech will travel to the Dude this weekend for a three-game series with State beginning on Friday.