No. 22 Mississippi State Salvages Series With 4-1 Win Over Trojans
March 14, 2004
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Back-to-back triples by Brad Jones and Thomas Berkery in the fifth provided the go-ahead runs Sunday as the No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the USC Trojans, 4-1, to salvage the three-game series. The Trojans handed the Bulldogs their first losses of the season with a 5-4 on Friday and 3-0 shutout on Saturday.
Jones snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run triple, scoring Steve Gendron and catcher Craig Tatum for Mississippi State (10-2).
Josh Johnson (2-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs with two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. MSU won its first game in six tries in the all-time series against USC (7-10).
Saunders Ramsey earned his second save of the season with three no-hit innings, striking out three. Jon Williams (0-2) took the loss for the Trojans after allowing four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
USC scored its lone run in the third on an RBI single by Blake Sharpe, but Sharpe was thrown out at first to end the inning by Tatum when he rounded the bag too far.
The Trojans travel to New Orleans for a two-game series with No. 11 Tulane, beginning on Tuesday (March 16) and concluding on Wednesday (March 17) with a 6:30 p.m. (Central) start for both games. Both games will also be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
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