ITTA BENA, Miss. – The Mississippi Valley State University baseball program got superb pitching from both starter Hunter Stallings and reliever Isaiah Valenzuela as they held the B-CU offense down just enough to secure a 3-2 victory.
- Final Score: Mississippi Valley State 3 | Bethune-Cookman 2
- Records: Mississippi Valley State (9-10-1, 3-5 SWAC) | Bethune-Cookman (12-15, 6-2 SWAC)
- Location: Itta Bena, Mississippi – Magnolia Field
- Series History: N/A
- Winning Streak: N/A
Mississippi Valley State Top Performers
- Stallings picked up his first career pitching victory, going for a season-high six innings and seven strikeouts with just one earned run allowed (two total) plus three hits over 107 pitches thrown.
- Valenzuela earned his first career save the hard way, logging an increasingly rare three-inning version that resulted in zero runs, one hit and two Ks to slam the door shut on a Wildcat comeback.
- The meat of the order, three-hole hitter Dreylin Holmes and cleanup batter Ty Washington, did most of the heavy lifting as they both went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Holmes came around to score and stole a base as well.
- Narvin Booker did a fantastic job of turning over the lineup as an effective nine slot, logging a double plus a run scored during a 2-for-3 showing.
- Antonio Walker was the other recipient of a double on the day, Darrien Chapman showed patience with the only two walks of the afternoon for MVSU, and Maury Weaver singled before subsequently scoring the winning run in the fifth frame.
The series winner will be decided at noon on Sunday with as both offenses look to outsmart the overpowering pitching that has dominated the first two games.
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