STARKVILLE, Miss. — San Diego (6-7) scored seven unanswered runs to come from behind and claim a 9-6 win against No. 7 Mississippi State (14-3) Saturday afternoon in a rubber game.
With USD trailing 6-2 heading into the top of the eighth inning, there was no panic on the faces of these Toreros. Andrew Solomon got things started for USD as he singled up the middle and moved to second on a Jerod Smith single to left field.
After Kyle Holder singled up the middle to load the bases, Jesse Jenner was walked to push across the first run. After a pitching change, Colton Waltner then drove in the next run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Smith, and move Holder to third.
Back-to-back walks issued to Ryan Kirby and Ben Wylly then pushed in the next run, and an Austin Bailey sacrifice fly to centerfield scored the final run of the inning to tie the score up at 6-all.
Then in the top of the ninth inning, USD put the game out of reach by scoring three more runs. A Waltner 2-run double, and a Connor Jauch RBI single put the game at its final of 9-6.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard early, as they managed to push across four runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. MSU then added one more in the second, and USD scored a pair of runs in the third, while MSU scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth to set up the thrilling finish for USD.
Offensively for the Toreros, Smith had a great day, as he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Holder went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored, and Waltner went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Jacob Hill (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.1 innings of work. Anthony McIver picked up his second save of the series, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. MSU’s Trevor Fitts (0-1) was saddled with the loss on the mound, as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday, as they travel up the Interstate 5 to take on No. 30 Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Goodwin Field.