After both teams failed to plate a run in the first inning, Mississippi State took an early lead in the top half of the second. After a fly out and a ground out started the inning, third baseman Sam Frost singled to left field. He stole second and moved to third on a throwing error on the play. Catcher Nick Ammirati drew a walk and left fielder Demarcus Henderson laced a single to right field, scoring Frost and giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Central Arkansas starter Ethan McKinzie got a line out to short to end the frame.
Both teams were scoreless through the fourth and fifth inning, but Mississippi State got an equalizer in the top of the sixth. Second baseman Brett Pirtle led off the inning by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a swinging bunt by first baseman Wes Rea. Following a line out to second base, Frost ripped a single up the middle, scoring Pirtle from second to even the score at 2-2. A ground out to the shortstop ended the inning.
Those three insurance runs would prove to be all that Central Arkansas would need, as McKinzie (4-2) would allow just one hit over the game's final three innings to give the Bears their second complete game of the day. The senior from Gravette, Arkansas picked up the first complete game of his career, scattering a pair of runs on four hits. He walked five and struck out one.
The win means that the Bears and Bulldogs will play their sixth game of the season tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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