Bulldogs roll over Tigers on diamond

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Memphis, TN-Mississippi State treated west Tennessee fans to a good show Tuesday night as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs clubbed Memphis 12-1 in a college baseball game played at AutoZone Park.
MSU improved to33-10 overall and 23-2 in non-conference play. The Bulldogs have now won six of the last seven series meetings with the long-time rival Tigers. Memphis has already won six games against the Southeastern Conference this season and falls to 25-17 with the defeat.
The Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits and scored in five different at-bats. Brett Pirtle collected his first four-hit game in the Maroon and White, while Ross Mitchell (8-0) threw six shutout innings in relief to garner the victory.
“I thought we hit a lot of line drives early and got outs,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Later in the game, those hard hits fell in. It is sometimes hard to be focused coming off a big Super Bulldog Weekend. That was not the case. The kids came ready to play and had a great night offensively.”
MSU built an early 5-0 lead on Hunter Renfroe’s conference-best 14th home run of the season – a three-run shot to left field. A five-run ninth inning blew the contest open for the Maroon and White.