The college baseball season kicked off yesterday, but the biggest tournament in the league got underway Saturday morning in Arlington, Texas.
The first game between two blue-blood baseball schools started off with a bang for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are returning a top-5 pitching staff in all of the NCAA that shows tremendous depth, and also have a few hitters that have been to Omaha twice already.
That being said, staff ace Christian MacLeod took the bump for the Diamond Dawgs this morning, and he mowed down Texas hitters with seven strikeouts in 4+ innings. The 6-9 hitters were the most reliable part of the lineup today for the Dawgs as they got the scoring going in the second inning with a few walks and screaming line drives up the middle to put two runs on the board. Typically, Mississippi State hitters press a little bit in the first game of the season. The nerves and excitement sometimes get to the boys in the box, and the runs that should be scored, are not scored. However, today the boys were patient in the box and took their walks when given to them, and also sat on the fastball to advance the runners one or two bases. They ended up taking a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Longhorn hitters started to figure it out with a solo homer, double, single, and a walk. The bases were juiced with no one out and MacLeod was relieved of his duties after a decent outing. Enter the best reliever in college baseball, Landon Sims.
Sims was a freshman last year and was known for his electricity on the mound, along with his lively fastball. The Texas Longhorns soon found out who Landon Sims was as they struck out ten times against him.
Mississippi State has the pitching staff that can win a college world series, but journalists and fans of the team were unsure of how the offense was going to work this season with the departures of first round draft picks Justin Foscue and Jordan Westburg. Rowdey Jordan thinks the offense should be just fine…
The Dawgs are 1-0 and will face TCU tomorrow with the first pitch at 11 a.m.
Player of the game: Landon Sims. 4 IP, O H, 10 K.