February 23, 2013
Weather delays don't slow State
STARKVILLE, Miss., - It took a little longer thanks to two separate rain delays but Mississippi State got the result it was looking for Friday night.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs scored two runs following a 99-minute delay in the seventh inning for a 3-2 victory over Purdue in game two of the Diamond Classic at Dudy Noble Field.
"I think we played a pretty solid Purdue club that played well against us," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "I know we didn't score many runs but I feel like we had some productive at bats."
The game was delayed by showers for 24 minutes prior to the first pitch and was stalled a total of two hours and three minutes due to weather.
Despite the delays, MSU improved to 6-0 on the season for the first time since 2006.
The Diamond Dogs had five hits on the evening led by shortstop Adam Frazier, who was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Right fielder Hunter Renfroe also smashed his fifth career home run in the affair and added two RBIs to aid State's offense. Renfroe has hit safely in all six games this year.
Jonathan Holder picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs in his first decision. Holder tossed the final 1 1/3 perfect innings and struck out three of the four batters he faced.
"What a luxury for our coaching staff and our pitching staff to have a guy like that at the tail end," Cohen said of Holder. "He can make people miss. The deeper he gets into it, the better his stuff gets. I think his last three fastballs were 93 and his breaking ball was really good.
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