BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After allowing four runs in the first inning, the No. 4 Mississippi State baseball team shutout Samford the rest of the way and rallied to earn its 20th win of the season. State scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, and tallied four runs in the seventh on the way to a 6-4 win.
It is the second-straight game that State (20-2) allowed four runs in the first inning and the second-straight game it rallied for a win. Samford (14-6) stranded 12 runners on base in the contest against six Bulldog pitchers.
For Mississippi State, it is the best 22-game start in program history since starting the 2006 season at 21-1.
After senior Peyton Plumlee allowed the four runs in the first inning, he settled in and held Samford scoreless the next two innings. Redshirt-junior Spencer Price threw a scoreless fourth and redshirt-junior Tyler Spring (1-0) tossed a pair of scoreless innings to earn the win. He struck out three and allowed just one hit.
MSU tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, via RBI groundout by freshman Landon Jordan and an RBI double from sophomore Justin Foscue, respectively. Then, after Spring's second scoreless frame, State put up four runs in the seventh inning. Landon Jordan drove in the first run, before sophomore Rowdey Jordan tied the game with an RBI single. Senior Jake Mangum and sophomore Jordan Westburg each added RBIs to cap the inning.
Redshirt-junior Trysten Barlow and junior Colby White each tossed scoreless innings before handing the ball to Cole Gordon in the ninth, as he closed out his sixth save of the season with three strikeouts in the ninth.
Head Coach Chris Lemonis
On how he felt after the second-straight comeback win
"I give our bullpen a lot of credit [for the last two wins]. In both games they came in and held the opposition [scoreless]. Our kids just keep playing. They keep playing defense and they gave us some good at bats. We had some tough breaks early, I thought we hit some balls hard and didn't have a lot to show for it."
On Rowdey Jordan getting the big hit
"It is great to see [Rowdey] enjoying playing the game. When you are in the funk, the game is not a lot of fun. So, it's been hard on him. He is one of our better personalities, so to see him have success tonight and come up with that big hit was huge."
Rowdey Jordan - Posted a pair of hits and scored a run. Drove in the game-tying RBI in the seventh.
Jake Mangum - Mangum produced his 90th career multi-hit game with three hits to move his career total to 314. He moved into a tie for No. 14 on the SEC's all-time hits list with former Tennessee standout and current ESPN personality Chris Burke.
Elijah MacNamee - Reached base four times in the contest to move his reached-base streak to 17 games. He walked three times and was hit-by-pitch once.
Justin Foscue - Piled up three hits, scored one run and drove in one RBI.
Bullpen Does It Again - The MSU bullpen racked up six scoreless innings. Five different Diamond Dawgs combined to allow just four hits, walk one and strike out 11 in relief.
Jordan Fucci - Had three hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning.
Max Pinto - Singled, drove in one RBI and scored a run.
Jalon Long - Tossed 4 1/3 innings in a start and allowed two runs on six hits.
Peyton Plumlee was touched for four run - three earned - in the first inning, as a leadoff walk was followed by a Jordan Fucci home run to give Samford the early lead. A pair of singles bookended a line out, before an error allowed the third run of the frame to score. An RBI single from Connor Burns plated the fourth run and SU eventually loaded the bases, but Plumlee got a flyout to end the threat. Samford 4, Mississippi State 0
State got one run back, as Dustin Skelton started the inning with a triple off the center field wall and scored a batter later on Landon Jordan's ground out. Samford 4, Mississippi State 1
Elijah MacNamee worked a one-out walk and Justin Foscue doubled into the right-center field gap to cut into the Samford lead. Samford 4, Mississippi State 2
The Diamond Dawgs sent eight to the plate, using four hits and benefiting from a pair of Samford errors to score four runs and take the lead. Foscue and Marshall Gilbert singled to start the frame and Skelton walked to load the bases. An RBI fielder's choice from Landon Jordan was followed by the game-tying, two-out RBI from Rowdey Jordan. Jake Mangum and Jordan Westburg both plated RBIs with two outs to give MSU the lead. Mississippi State 6, Samford 4
Mississippi State will host Auburn in a top-15 showdown at Dudy Noble Field this weekend. The series will start with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday, March 22. It will be a 2 p.m. start between the two teams on Saturday, March 23 and the series will wrap up at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.