A game that was expected to be close came down to just three runs. Dominant pitching by the Mississippi State Bulldogs lead to the downfall of San Diego State, 5-2.
Scoring started in the second inning when Steven Pallares hit a single in the five hole to drive in Brad Haynal and advance Seby Savala into scoring position.
Then it was Even Potter, who hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Zavala making it 2-0 for the Aztecs. In the second inning the Aztecs would load up the bases twice; however were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
What seemed like a bad start for the Bulldogs quickly turned around in the bottom of the second when Potter made an error at second, putting Alex Detz on second base and in scoring position.
Then it was Matthew Britton for the Bulldogs who hit a single up the middle to drive in Detz.
After Aztec starter Mark Seyler walked C.T. Bradford, the bases were loaded and Jake Vickerson belted a bases-clearing, three-run triple. This gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead after the bottom of the second.
It would stay 4-2 until the bottom of the fifth inning when freshman reliever Marcus Reyes gave up an RBI single to Detz, scoring Brett Pirtle.
This would end the scoring for the afternoon with Mississippi State going on to win 5-2.
Aztec starter Mark Seyler would get the loss, finishing out the afternoon with 78 pitches, two strikeouts and a 3.90 earned run average for the game. Mississippi State starter Trevor Fitts would get the win, ending his the afternoon with 78 pitches, two strikeouts and a 2.58 ERA.
San Diego State will face the loser of Louisiana-Lafayette and Jackson State at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.