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Pioneers Frustrate State Bats To Save Split
Not after Mississippi State had fallen behind Sacred Heart and was trying—too hard—to come all the way back from a five-run deficit. But once the Pioneers cashed in on some shaky Sunday pitching to take the 8-3 lead, just about all the Bulldogs were able to do was hit airballs. A lot of airballs. The final ten outs were all on either true flies or infield pops. In fact after a one-out single in their fifth inning, the Diamond Dogs didn't smack another safety the rest of the way. They did get on base six times, five by walks and once on a passed strikeout, but had no real comeback shot as long as reliever Nick Leiningen kept coaxing that extended series of I-got-it outs. In the process he preserved the win and salvaged a split of the weekend series, with Sacred Heart leaving 5-6. State went to 12-4 after the final pre-conference weekend of the schedule. Though they did take the series, there wasn't a lot of confidence taken from the weekend. "You don't feel good after you lose the...
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