With the temperatures in the low 50s, the Statesmen, ranked No. 1 in the National College Baseball Writers Poll and No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll, roped a season-high 21 hits as they scorched the Mississippi State University Delta Devils 13-5 to stay perfect at 7-0. MVSU fell to 1-4.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Statesmen scored through out the game as they tallied two runs in the first, a run in the second, five runs in the third, four runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh. MVSU scored another run in the fourth and two runs in the seventh.
Even with the run production, Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison felt the Statesmen were inconsistent at times at the plate.
“I thought our offense was in spurts today, “Kinnison said. “I thought there were too many fly balls. We put a few things together but a lot of our hits were soft though.”
The Statesmen had several multiple players with multiple hits. Ben Kingsley led the way with four, three RBIs and two runs, followed by Sam Kidd with three hits and two runs, Brent Langston with two hits including a home run with two RBIs and two runs, Carlos Leal with three hits, a RBI and a run, Jami Rachal with a triple, a double, two RBIs and a run, Michael Vinson with two hits including a double with two runs and two RBIs, Kasey Hinton with two hits, a RBI and a run and Tyler Aldridge with two hits and two runs.
For the year, the Statesmen have hit the ball well by hitting .377 has a team, scoring 76 runs for an average of 10.9 runs a contest.
“We have in the first several game swung the bats well,” Kinnison said. “Kingsley had a great game today, He’s been swinging the bat well for us. Jami Rachal hit a few pretty good balls in play. He was another bright spot for us. Brent Langston had a couple of hits and had the big home run.”
Pitching wise, DSU used eight pitchers against MVSU. Casey Green (1-0) earned the win as he gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings of work. Reliever Garrett Pickens had the most dominant performance for the Statesmen as he struck out two and retired all four batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings of work. The Delta Devils finished the game with nine hits.
“I didn’t think our pitching today was well,” Kinnison said. “I was really disappointed overall in the pitching. I thought Garrett Pickens threw well but there were some less than desirable pitching performances today.”
DSU will be back in action on Friday as the Statesmen will host Florida Southern College in the first game of three game series at Ferriss Field with the first pitch set for 3 p.m. DSU and Florida Southern will play each on Saturday and Sunday with the game time set for 1 p.m. on each day.