The No. 6 ranked Delta State University Statesmen picked up a much needed Gulf South Conference series sweep over the Christian Brothers University Buccaneers in baseball action this weekend here at Ferriss Field-Harvey Stadium.
The Statesmen won the first two games on Friday by defeating the Buccaneers 6-4 in the first game and 4-0 in the second game. The Statesmen stormed back on Saturday to complete the sweep with a 12-2 victory.
The Statesmen improved to 24-6 with a 14-3 mark in the GSC, while Christian Brothers fell to 9-24 with a 3-15 mark in the GSC. DSU is currently in first place in the GSC with a one game lead over West Florida (23-10, 13-4 GSC).
Delta State's pitching was on point as the Statesmen held the Buccaneers to just 17 hits in the series.
Senior hurler Seth Birdsong (6-0) picked up the win in the first game as he gave up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 7 1/3 innings of work. Freshman reliever Hunter Riggins picked up his second save of the season as he struck out two and didn't give up any walks or hits in 1 2/3 shutout innings of work.
Dalton Minton (5-1) tossed a gem in game two as he gave up just two hits with six strikeouts and one walk in a seven-inning complete game shutout.
Tyler Walton (4-0) earned the win in relieve in game three as he gave up two hits with no walks or strikeouts in two scoreless innings of work. Melvin Frazier started the game for DSU and gave up three hits with five strikeouts and two walks in four shutout innings of work. He was taken out in the fifth after throwing 84 pitches. The start Frazier made was just his second of the season. Peyton White pitched two innings of relief and gave up two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk.
“Saturday, I thought Birdsong and Minton where solid,” Delta State head coach Mike Kinnison said. “I thought Minton threw from a stand point of strike percentage and using all of his pitches probably had his best game. Both of those guys did what we wanted them to do and that’s get us deep in the game.
“In game one, (Hunter) Riggins came into a tough situation and pitched out of that and allowed us to regain control of the game. I was pleased with his bullpen appearance. We started Frazier in game three trying to change our rotation up a little bit. He was pretty solid for a few innings. I thought Tyler Walton came in and pitched well for us in relief.”
At the plate for DSU, Nick Morgan went 6-for-10 with a triple, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored, Brian Lane went 5-for-10 with two home runs, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored, Clay Casey went 5-for-12 with two doubles, a RBI and three runs scored, Justin Nussbaum went 4-for-9 with two RBIs and a run scored, Josh Russell went 4-for-12 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored Emil Ellis went 3-for-9 with five runs scored, Zack Shannon went just 2-for-11 but still hit a double, drove in two runs and scored three runs, Jason Popovich went just 2-for-11 but he hit a double and scored twice and David Herrington smoked a two-run home run.
DSU will return to the diamond on Tuesday to host the University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils at 2 p.m.