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Baseball: Louisiana Earns Comeback Victory in Game One
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Louisiana and Mississippi State gathered for two, seven-inning contests on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field, with the teams splitting the two scrimmages. Louisiana won 7-4 in the first game and lost 13-2 in game two.
Carter Robinson was given the ball to start the fall exhibition. Robinson gave up three straight hits to start the game, giving the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. Robinson settled down after the first couple of batters, ending his outing by retiring the final six Bulldogs.
In the process, Louisiana threatened in the first inning, getting men on first and third but could not capitalize.
A scoreless second inning from both teams led to the Bulldogs plating another two runs off Austin Perrin to make the game 4-0 in the third inning.
Louisiana showed nothing but fight in the later innings, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth frames before having a monstrous sixth inning.
In the sixth, Ben Fitzgerald unloaded for a two-run double off the center field wall and Hayden Cantrelle followed him by hitting a home run to right field, putting Louisiana ahead, 7-4.
After the third inning, Louisiana's pitching went into lockdown mode. Conor Angel tossed three scoreless innings and touched 94 on the gun and Connor Cooke spun a scoreless seventh to earn the save.
Mississippi State opened the scoring in the first inning off Dane Dixon, who gave up back-to-back doubles to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The home team scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, which extended the Bulldogs' lead to 11-0.
Will Moriarty was a bright spot in the fourth and sixth innings, making a great running catch into the right field wall to rob a Bulldog of a hit on defense and knocking an RBI double down the left field line. Justin Greene also smashed a home run down the right field line.
Mississippi State ended up adding another two in the sixth inning as Louisiana fell 13-2.
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