MS State explodes for 16 runs in series finale vs. ASU
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State baseball team (5-3) exploded for 16 runs on 15 hits en route to a 16-3 win over Arizona State (5-2) Sunday afternoon from Dudy Noble Field. With the win, the Dawgs won the series against the Sun Devils.
Landon Gartman drew the start in the final game in the series against the Sun Devils, picking up his first victory of the year. Gartman threw for five innings of work while striking out seven. He only allowed four hits and two earned runs facing 21 batters. The next three pitchers after Gartman only gave up four hits and one earned run in four innings of work.
Colton Ledbetter and Hunter Hines led the way with the bats. Ledbetter tallied four RBIs, two hits, and three walks, while Hines had three RBIs and three hits on the day. They both had one home run each, with Ledbetter's being a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth. Amani Larry went 2-for-4 on the day. Sunday marked Larry's fifth multi-hit game in eight games played. Lane Forsythe also had a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Mississippi State is back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when they head to Pearl, Miss., to face Southern Miss at Trustmark Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
With runners on the corners, Ryan Campos scored from third by stealing home.
Mississippi State 0, Arizona State 1
With the bases loaded, Luke Hancock hit a sac fly to center field, which scored Amani Larry. Slate Alford also hit a sac fly to right to score Colton Ledbetter from third, and then Hunter Hines singled to center to score Dakota Jordan.
Mississippi State 3, Arizona State 1
Luke Hill led off the inning by hitting a solo home run to right field.
Mississippi State 3, Arizona State 2
With runners on the corners, Kellum Clark singled to right, which scored Slate Alford, then Bryce Chance singled to left which scored Hines. With the bases loaded, Ledbetter hit a grand slam over the right field fence.
Mississippi State 9, Arizona State 2
Lane Forsythe hit a solo home run to left-center to lead off the inning.
Mississippi State 10, Arizona State 2
Hines hit a two-run home run to right center.
Mississippi State 12, Arizona State 2
Ethan Long hit a solo home run over center.
Mississippi State 12, Arizona State 3
With runners on second and third, Connor Hujsak hit a sac fly to deep center to score Larry. Ross Highfill doubled to left with the bases loaded, which scored Ledbetter and Hancock, and then Nate Chester scored on a wild pitch from third.
Mississippi 16, Arizona State 3