June 1, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mississippi State (34-20) recorded 13 hits on its way to a 6-3 victory over No. 3 Stetson (41-20) in Game One of the 2007 NCAA Division Baseball Tallahassee Regional. With the win, the Bulldogs advanced in the winners’ bracket and will play the winner of Game Two between Bethune-Cookman/Florida State on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Hatters will play the Game Two loser at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Mississippi State struck first with a single run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bulldog first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a 1-0 offering from Stetson starter Chris Ingoglia over the right field fence for his eighth home run of the season.
Ingoglia did a good job of getting himself out of trouble despite little defensive help from his teammates in the early going. After Moreland’s home run to lead off the fourth inning, the Bulldogs loaded the bases on an error, a single and an intentional walk before Ingoglia struck out centerfielder Jeffrey Rea to end the inning. One inning earlier, he got himself out of a bases loaded jam by forcing Mississippi State catcher Edward Easley to ground into an inning-ending double-play.
Ingoglia was replaced in the sixth inning after he allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits. He left after allowing three runs in the sixth inning as Stetson fell behind 5-0. He also allowed the Bulldogs to score single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Bulldog starter Chad Crosswhite pitched well before being pulled with one out and two on in the sixth. He allowed zero runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two. He, too, was able to pitch himself out of trouble and left the game with a 2-0 lead. He stranded two Hatter runners in the first inning and one runner in each of the second, third and fourth innings.
Stetson recorded a three-run outburst of its own in the seventh inning. With one out Braedyn Pruitt, the Hatters’ third baseman, doubled home centerfielder Shane Jordan with Stetson’s first run. Leftfielder Justin Bass then smacked a two-run home run – his fifth of the season – to bring Stetson within two at 5-3.
That was as close as Stetson was able to get to the Bulldogs. Stetson reliever Justin Dechert balked home a run to put Mississippi State ahead 6-3 heading into the eighth.
Mississippi State’s Rea, who had two hits during the game, tied Richard Lee (19995-98) for hits in a career with 328. His record tying hit was an infield single with one out in the eighth inning. Rea’s total is tied for the third highest in SEC history behind Eddie Furniss of LSU (352, 1996-98) and Jay Waggoner of Auburn (341, 1992-95).
Stetson finished the game with eight hits but tied its season-high with five errors. Two of Mississippi State’s six runs were unearned.
Crosswhite improved to 8-4 on the year while Ingoglia, the Hatters’ starter, fell to 9-6 on the season.