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Tim Buckley | The Associated Press | May 31, 2014

Holder pitches scoreless relief as Mississippi State beats Jackson State

Jonathan Holder struck out a career-high nine. Jonathan Holder struck out a career-high nine.

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Jonathan Holder threw 5.1 scoreless relief innings in a combined three-hitter as Mississippi State beat Jackson State 3-1 in an NCAA tournament game Saturday.

Mississippi State (39-22) broke open a 1-1 game in the sixth inning, when Gavin Collins' single up the middle scored Jake Vickerson. Collins came in when Cody Brown hit into a fielder's choice.

Holder (7-1) allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high nine in relief of starter Ben Bracewell, who gave up one run and two hits in his 3.2 innings.

Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the second, when Brown scored on Matthew Britton's sacrifice fly. But Jackson State (32-24) tied it in the fourth, when Charles Tillery drew a bases-loaded walk.

Jackson State starter Desmond Russell (9-5) allowed seven hits while throwing his ninth complete game.

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