The Mississippi State Bulldogs got the doubleheader day of baseball started on the right note Saturday.
Hunter Renfroe delivered three hits and four RBI as Mississippi State defeated Lipscomb 6-4.
With the wins, the Bulldogs improved their record to 8-2. The Bisons fell to 3-5.
MSU baseball coach John Cohen was impressed with the way Renfroe contributed on offense and defense.
“Renfroe made two outstanding plays on fly balls that on other days might have been out of the park,” Cohen said. “He made some great plays, just a spectacular athlete. He can really throw a ball from the outfield, he can get big hits for you. We just need to keep cultivating what he can do because he can really be a special player.”
The Bulldogs plated a pair of runs in a first inning that started with a one-out double by Adam Frazier followed by a RBI single from Daryl Norris. Wes Rea then came to the plate and hit a single to left and with two outs Renfroe picked up his first RBI of the afternoon with a single to left.
Mississippi State extended its lead in the second when Brent Brownlee, who later left the game with soreness in his knee, opened the inning by reaching base on a wild pitch after he had struck out.
Frazier and Norris followed with walks setting the table for Renfroe to clear the bases with a double to the wall in right center, pushing the MSU lead to 6-0 over the Bisons.
Lipscomb starter Chris Nunn (0-1) was lifted for Tyler Burstrom who baffled the Bulldogs for 5.1 innings. In relief, Brustrom surrendered just four hits while striking out five. Fortunately for MSU, it had a hurler of its own who was up to the task against Lipscomb.
Freshman righty, Trevor Fitts, entered the game in the fourth in relief of Kendall Graveman who surrendered a pair of earned runs off five hits through 3.2 innings of work.
Fitts picked up the win for the Bulldogs with 4.1 innings of solid work where he didn’t allow an earned run while giving up just four hits.
“Trevor is going to be a good one,” said Cohen. “He is a guy that gets rewarded because he can come in and throw strikes. That’s just so important to have a guy who can come in and throw strikes in the middle of the strike zone and he can do that.”
Renfroe set career-highs with his hits and RBI, while Norris picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
Mississippi State scored six runs on nine hits while allowing four runs (two unearned) on 10 hits to the visitors from Nashville, Tenn.
Fitts picked up his second win of the season while Taylor Starks, who pitched in the ninth, picked up his first save of 2012.