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Bulldogs knock off Commodores

March 23, 2014

Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea (35) stretches to catch a pick off throw against Vanderbilt on Saturday night. (Photo by Lee Adams)

Mississippi State entered the Saturday doubleheader at Georgia one week ago needing to win both games to take its first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
This weekend has been a different story.
The No. 24 Bulldogs knocked off No. 3 Vanderbilt 6-3 Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field to clinch their second-straight SEC series of the season.
"Our kids felt like this was our time against a really good Vanderbilt team," MSU head coach John Cohen said. 
The Bulldogs took the series in front of 10,064 fans. It is the 32nd time that their home has seen more than 10,000 fans.
Vanderbilt swept the season series last year in Nashville, Tenn. The Commodores also beat State in a SEC Tournament game. 
The Bulldogs (17-8, 4-1) will go for the sweep today at 1:30 p.m. Junior righty Trevor Fitts (2-0, 3.55 ERA) and Vanderbilt sophomore right hander Tyler Ferguson (3-0, 1.63 ERA) will battle on the mound.
The Commodores (19-5, 2-3) had just three conference losses all of last season, as they went on to win the league with a 26-3 record. They had also won 15-straight SEC series dating back to 2012. 
MSU junior left hander Ross Mitchell turned in another great start. Mitchell (4-1) threw 7 1/ 3 innings to pick up his second win when starting for the Bulldogs.

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