February 23, 2013
Diamond Dogs rally over Purdue
STARKVILLE, Miss., - No. 5 Mississippi State overcame four errors and a three-run deficit to fend off Purdue 7-6 Saturday night.
"I'm really proud of our club," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "We fell behind early in this ballgame and we found a way to get back into the middle of this. We were down 5-2 and the kids didn't stop competing even though we did some things that were uncharacteristic like making four errors."
The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in the Diamond Classic at Dudy Noble Field and 8-0 overall on the year. MSU downed Samford 8-2 earlier in the day on Saturday.
"This game was a little ugly for us in some ways," Cohen said. "It's a character-builder in some ways. Good teams can play poorly at times and still find a way to win and I think that's what happened tonight."
The Diamond Dogs collected a dozen hits on the evening led by right fielder Hunter Renfroe's 3-for-5 performance at the plate. Renfroe's two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth was the go-ahead and eventual game-winning hit.
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