April 25, 2012

State shuts out Southern Miss

PEARL, Miss., - Playing most of their games in spacious Dudy Noble Field, Mississippi State entered Tuesday night with 15 home runs.

The Bulldogs added two long balls to their total Tuesday night at Trustmark Park in a 5-0 shutout of Southern Miss in their annual rivalry game.

"Compared to our yard this place is inviting to our guys," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "We didn't get to take batting practice here last week because of the weather. I think it's kind of a relief for our guys to see a ball disappear out of the ballpark off their bat. It just makes you feel like things are going your way."

Mitch Slauter and Hunter Renfroe both hit two-run home runs to left for MSU for two of their five hits on the evening.

"We were just adjusting to the umpire's big zone," Slauter said. "We weren't making any excuses and were going to stick to our approach. We managed to pick up a few runs and come out with a win."

Slauter finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Adam Frazier was a perfect 2-for-2 and reached base in all four at bats.

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