STARKVILLE, Miss. — Sophomore left fielder Hunter Renfroe doubled in three runs in the second inning as Mississippi State opened a Saturday college baseball doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Lipscomb Bisons (4-6). In the nightcap, the Bulldogs (9-2) rode the pitching of Nick Routt, Evan Mitchell and Caleb Reed to a 3-1 win over defending Big East champion Connecticut (3-6) to remain unbeaten in the three-day, six-game event at Dudy Noble Field.
Freshman right-hander Trevor Fitts (2-0) replaced MSU starter Kendall Graveman in the fourth inning, picking up the win with 4.1 innings of four-hit relief. Taylor Stark closed out the ninth to earn his first save.
Renfroe set career-highs with four hits and a team season-high four RBI while Daryl Norris registered his team-leading sixth multiple-hit game with two safeties.
M.L. Williams collected two hits and Gray Hutchinson drove in both Lipscomb runs with a two-out single in the fourth inning.
Junior lefty Nick Routt scattered four hits over a season-longest six innings and allowed one unearned run Saturday afternoon in State’s 3-1 win over the Huskies.
The first of three Bulldog fielding miscues and a Ryan Fuller double plated the only UConn run of the game in the fourth inning. Routt, who walked just one of the 24 batters he faced, worked out of the jam and completed his six-inning stint with three strikeouts. Sophomore Evan Mitchell followed Routt, striking out four in two innings of one-hit relief. Mitchell gave way MSU relief ace Caleb Reed, who earned his second save of the year. Fuller went 3-for-4 and had the game’s only extra-base hit.
Henderson and Adam Frazier collected three hits apiece to lead MSU’s all-singles 10-hit attack.
UConn starter Anthony Marzi (0-2) took the loss. He allowed all three Bulldog runs on eight hits while registering a game-high five strikeouts.
The Bulldogs close out their second home weekend tournament of the campaign Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against Lipscomb.