March 8, 2013

Bulldogs survive scary start

STARKVILLE, Miss., - No. 3 Mississippi State's 16-game winning streak was put to the test early Friday night.

Bulldog starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren had to leave the game after the second batter of the game hit a line drive off his left knee forcing the bullpen into action prematurely.

MSU turned to freshman right-hander Myles Gentry, who tossed 4 1/3 perfect innings and kept Central Arkansas off the board as the Diamond Dogs stayed undefeated with a 4-2 victory.

"Gentry can live off of his fastball," said MSU skipper John Cohen. (Central Arkansas) is such a patient club and we were hoping Myles could get some early action with some ground balls on the infield. He really had a lot much punch outs than I thought he'd have and went deeper into counts than I though he would. His longest outing is 20-something pitches and he throws 63 tonight."

Gentry picked up his first career victory in relief not allowing a hit or walk with three strikeouts.

"That was unexpected," Gentry said. "I just had to get in there, throw strikes and get the defense back in (the dugout) so we can score some runs."

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