The Hogs jumped out early on Mississippi Valley State and road solid pitching all the way to a comfortable 8-1 victory.
Andrew Benintendi drew first blood with a RBI ground out in the first inning. Tyler Spoon and Cullen Gassaway followed him up with a pair of RBI singles as well, giving the Hogs a quick 3-0 lead. They could have done more damage with the bases loaded and one out, but Michael Bernal grounded into a double play to end the inning.
They added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Benintendi roped a RBI triple to the 400 feet sign in center and Spoon lined a RBI double down the left field line. With the Hogs up 5-0 at this point, it felt good to have the Hogs handling business.
While all his offense was blowing up, Jacob Stone was killing it in his first start of his career. He has struggled at times this season, but an excellents outing of five innings of one hit baseball was releaving to witness.
Josh Alberius came out of the bullpen and only made one mistake to Kalik May in the 6th. May's solo homerun was the only run the Delta Devils could produce. Other than that, Alberius did fine in his three inggings of work.
There was even a Kyle Pate sighting in the 9th. After a couple of walk filled outings previously, the freshman threw a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts.
Tyler Spoon had the most impressive game at the plate, going 4-5 with two RBIs. Gassaway also had a multi-hit game as we was 2-4 with three RBIs, including a two run bomb to the Hog Pen in the 6th.
Not a whole lot to gain by playing a team with such a bad RPI (280) as Mississippi Valley State, but hopefully some confidence was gained.
They will wrap up the two game midweek series tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. and it will be carried on the SEC Network Plus.