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Mississippi State newcomers Trey Porter and Mitch Slauter delivered a pair of timely hits helping lead a series-clinching 5-4 win in game two of the Sunday doubleheader.
â€¨The Bulldogs were down by a run in the sixth inning when Porter, the MSU walk-on,Â drove a pitch over the right field wall for his second home run of the day to tie the game at 2-2.
â€¨â€śHonestly, I really didnâ€™t see it,â€ť said Porter. â€śI just kind of swung. I know that sounds awful so donâ€™t tell our hitting coach that. I just saw it was up and he wasnâ€™t a high velo guy so I swung.â€ťâ€¨
Two innings later, Washington State added a pair of runs in the eighth leaving State with precious little time to recover from the two-run deficit.Â Adam Frazier opened the inning with a leadoff walk followed by a double down the right field line by Brent Brownlee setting table for the dayâ€™s heroes to shine.
Porter stepped to the plate and skied a ball to center deep enough to score Frazier from third, closing the gap to a single run at 4-3.Â Slauter tied the game at four with a double to centerfield allowing Brownlee to score from second.
â€¨â€śTrey is a good player,â€ť said MSU head coach John Cohen. â€śHeâ€™s a tough kid that gets all over the plate and is very difficult to pitch to. It didnâ€™t take us long during intrasquad that heâ€™s a really hard guy to throw strikes to. He makes the most of his opportunities.â€ť
â€¨MSU center fielder C.T. Bradford followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a WSU throwing error that allowed Slauter to score the game-winning run at 5-4.
â€¨Taylor Stark was on to pitch the ninth for the Bulldogs after coming on with one out in the eighth. He powered through the Cougar lineup, striking out a pair to preserve the MSU victory.
â€¨However, the win wouldnâ€™t have been possible had it not been for the solid pitching performance from junior Kendall Graveman. The 6-foot-1 right-hander zipped through the first two innings setting the side down in order before getting into a trouble in the third inning where he walked and hit a batter allowing the Cougars to score their first runs on the ballgame.
â€¨â€śI thought Kendall was outstanding,â€ť said Cohen. â€śIf you take away the guy he walks and the hit batter, those are the two runs and they dump that floater into left field. Without those two sequences, heâ€™s going to pitch a shutout through six and really so efficient with movement. Weâ€™re really excited about him.â€ťâ€¨
Graveman went six and a third allowing two runs on just three hits while striking out four and walking just a single batter.
â€¨At the plate, Mississippi State paced by Bradford who went 3-for-4 after being bumped down the lineup into the fifth spot. While the Bulldogs did manage 10 hits, Bradford was the only player with a multi-hit outing.
â€¨Mississippi State has the midweek off before hosting Mississippi Valley State and the University of Kansas this weekend in a round robin event at Dudy Noble Field.View more articles in: