Press Release from Mississippi State Athletics
A three-hit night from Tanner Allen highlighted a 12-hit attack as Mississippi State knocked off No. 1 Florida 12-4 Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.
MSU clinched the weekend series from the SEC regular-season champions, while moving to 8-1 against Top 10 opponents this season. The Bulldogs have taken each of the last two series from the Gators.
MSU improved to 30-24 overall and 14-15 in league play, while Florida fell to 41-14 and 20-9.
The MSU series win snapped a streak of 19 straight series wins by Florida.
“Great job by our kids,” MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. “I want to thank the fans for their support. This was a great series win for our team. We just had a lot of quality at-bats and pitched it well.”
The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and stranded only five base runners.
Allen was joined in the multiple hit column by Rowdey Jordan and Elijah MacNamee with two hits apiece.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the first three innings. The Maroon and White then blew the contest open with six runs the fifth inning.
In the first inning, the Bulldogs got things going on a two-run single by Hunter Stovall. The Bulldogs then claimed the lead for good an inning later on an RBI-single by Jake Mangum and a Florida error.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 6-2 on a two-run single by Luke Alexander.
MacNamee started the big fifth inning with a single. Alexander then reached as a hit batsman. Each advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Hatcher. A wild pitch scored a run. Jordan then followed with a two-run single.
A three-run home run by Allen – his second in the series – closed the scoring for the Bulldogs.
JP France (4-3) picked up the win. France allowed four hits and one run (unearned), with six strikeouts and a walk over the final 4.2 innings of play. Ethan Small threw the first 4.1 innings for the Bulldogs.
The MSU pitching duo held Florida to nine hits with 12 strikeouts.
The series will conclude on Saturday from Dudy Noble with a 3:30 p.m. CT start on ESPNU.Tickets for State’s final home game of the regular season are still available for purchase through HailState.com/tickets.
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