Tigers drop Miss State opener 4-0
AUBURN, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – Jackson Burgreen extended his reached base streak to 20 games, but Auburn baseball fell to No. 4 Mississippi State 4-0 on Friday at Plainsman Park.
“I thought (Hudson) was on and I thought it was a tough at-bat for a right-handed hitter,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “Our guys see 93, 94 but what our guys don’t see is a right-handed cutter/slider at 88-90.
“We had some decent left-handed at-bats against him but every time we hit a ball hard, they caught it. I thought that was a huge difference in the ballgame.”
Burgreen walked in the fifth inning to extend his reached base streak to 20 games. He also had a pair of outfield assists from left for Auburn (22-28, 8-17).
Mississippi State starter Dakota Hudson (8-3) pitched a shutout. He scattered six hits with six strikeouts on 116 pitches.
Mississippi State (35-14-1, 16-9) took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Included in the inning was a solo homer by Jack Kruger.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0 on a RBI single by John Holland in the sixth.
Brent Rooker and Reid Humphreys both had two hits and drove in a run.
Niko Buentello had two hits. Joshua Palacios started for the first time since April 7. He had one hit in four at-bats.
Cole Lipscomb allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings pitched. He dropped to 2-4 on the season.
Ben Braymer pitched 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He allowed just one hit.
The series continues Saturday at 3:30 pm on SEC Network.