STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Ryan Sebra lifted Jacksonville State to a 2-1 victory against Mississippi State on Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
With runners at first and third and one out, Sebra bunted a dribbler up the first base line, which allowed Griff Gordon to trot home with the game-winning run.
The Bulldogs built a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning but could not maintain the lead thanks to some pitcher-catcher deficiencies as wild pitches and passed balls placed the Gamecocks in position to steal the victory.
“We pitched great,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “It’s not fun to watch baseball like this. I don’t really have an answer. We have to find a way to play better.”
The lack of offensive support ruined the first quality start of junior college transfer Lucas Laster. Laster pitched seven-plus innings, allowing four hits and one run (unearned), with four strikeouts and a walk. Jacob Lindgren (3-1) entered in the eighth inning, while Jonathan Holder was on the mound when the squeeze took place.
MSU (28-18) built the 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on a pinch-hit home run by Alex Detz. Pinch hitting at the time, Detz hit his fourth career home run down the right field line.
Other than that, the Bulldogs did little against six JSU pitchers, as they collected only four total hits.
JSU (24-19) also finished with four total hits, including a multi-hit game by Michael Bishop.
Graham Officer (2-0) threw the eighth inning to garner the win for the Gamecocks. Travis Stout retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 10th save.