March 10, 2014 10:38:39 AM
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dominating performance by Jonathan Holder was the storyline Sunday as the No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team defeated Arizona 6-4 at the Hi Corbett Classic.
After suffering a one-run defeat to California-Santa Barbara on Saturday, MSU (12-7) bounced back to the win the final of its four tournament games in the three-day event.
Having not pitched since March 1 thanks to a blister, Holder pitched a career-long 5 2/3 innings to move to 1-1. He allowed five hits and two runs (both earned) and struck out two. Dakota Hudson started for MSU but was lifted after allowing two runs in the first inning and two runners in the second.
With Holder settling things down, MSU's offense went to work. C.T. Bradford tripled twice Sunday and had four triples for the weekend.
With MSU trailing 2-1, Bradford tripled to start the fifth. Cody Brown walked and Derrick Armstrong followed with a groundball out. Zack Randolph lined a sacrifice fly to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.
An inning later, Arizona's only error helped get things going. Wes Rea singled and he and Alex Detz moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Pirtle. Seth Heck's RBI double and Bradford's sacrifice fly capped the inning.
Arizona (8-9) reached Holder for two runs in the seventh. A two-out, two-run single by Zach Gibbons brought the Wildcats within 5-4 and ended Holder's night. But Jacob Lindgren worked around two hits and a walk to earn his second save.
The Bulldogs scored an insurance score in the eighth when Wes Rea doubled and scored on a groundball out by Bradford.
Rea, Randolph, and Bradford had multiple hits to pace the eight-hit attack.
Trent Gilbert had three of Arizona's 10 hits. Gilbert had eight hits in two games against MSU.
MSU will play host to Southern Illinois (8-6) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field. Southeastern Conference play will begin Friday at Georgia.
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