Press Release from Delta State Athletics
The Delta State University baseball team, scored runs on 13 hits, and Seth Birdsong struck out five and gave up two runs on one hit, in six innings, to lead No. 3 seed DSU (41-9) to a 13-3 win over No. 6 seed Mississippi College (33-16) in the opening game of the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament on Friday at Henley Field.
The game was a culmination of Thursday's game that was halted in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Statesmen leading 13-2 due to lightning and rain.
The Statesmen scored three runs on five hits, sending nine batters to the plate, in the first to build a quick 3-0 lead. Emil Ellis and Brian Lane singled and scored on RBI singles by Clay Casey and Juwan Burney. Casey scored on Nick Morgan's RBI single to right.
Mississippi College got a run in the second to cut DSU's lead to 3-1, as Hunter Wilson doubled and scored on a double steal after moving to third on a groundout.
The Choctaws scored an unearned run in the fourth to get within 3-2. Blain Crim reached on an error and later came home on a Hunter Wilson RBI groundout,
Delta State plated four runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead. Josh Russell reached on an error, Justin Nussbaum was hit by a pitch and Jason Popovich reached on an infield single to load the bases. Ellis tripled to left field that would clear the bases when the MC left fielder was dazed after running into the fence. Ellis later scored on a Zack Shannon sac-fly to cap the scoring in the inning.
The Green-and-White added two runs in the fifth to build the lead to 9-2. Morgan singled and advanced to second on a throwing error and to third on a wild pitch. Nussbaum singled to left center to score Morgan and scored on a Popovich single to center.
Delta State plays No. 2 Tampa at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Henley Field. Mississippi College will play Albany State in elimination game on Saturday.
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