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No. 15 MSU rallies to defeat No. 22 Houston in extras

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HOUSTON, Texas - Hunter Stovall's 12th-inning sacrifice fly to center field was the only separation between No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 22 Houston in MSU's second game of the Shriner's College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night, which led into Sunday morning.

After almost four-and-a-half hours of baseball, Tanner Poole trotted home as the Bulldogs won 3-2.

The 12-inning deadlock was helped along mostly by strong pitching from both clubs. Ethan Small started for State and allowed just one run on three hits though 4.1 innings. JP France followed in relief and allowed Houston's only other run, but lasted 3.1 innings.

Houston got a quality start out of starting man Aaron Fletcher and 4.2 innings of one-run relief from Carter Henry. Lefty Brayson Hurdsman allowed the final blow.

Stovall also plated Poole for the first score of the game, a fielder's choice RBI in the third inning.

Houston answered with a solo home run from Connor Hollis in the fourth frame, and then took the lead via an RBI single from Joe Davis.

Hunter Vansau doubled off the wall in left center field to score Justin Foscue and tie the ballgame at 2-2.

The score remained tied until Stovall's sac-fly won it for State.

State's 12-day, six-city road trip will come to a close on Sunday at Minute Maid Park with a 2:35 p.m. CT first pitch against Sam Houston State.

The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet SW, which airs regionally in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and parts of New Mexico. The game will also be streamed live on and the AT&T SportsNet app.

Sunday's game will be a "local only" broadcast due to the women's basketball team playing in the SEC Tournament Championship, meaning the contest can only be heard through WKBB-FM (100.9) or WLZA-FM (96.1) in the Starkville area. With Jim Ellis on the call, the game will also be audio streamed live online at and on TuneIn Radio.