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Friday May 7, 1999Bulldogs Shutout Florida 9-0

Gainesville, FL

Mississippi State pitcher Brian Compton made the most of his first career Southeastern Conference start. Compton pitched a two-hit, complete game to help the Bulldogs to a 9-0 win over Florida in the opening game of the three-game Southeastern Conference series in Starkville.
  • "It was an outstanding pitching performance," said Head Coach Andy Lopez. "We made no adjustment at the plate at all throughout the course of the game."

    The shutout was the third against Florida this season and marked the first time a Mississippi State squad had shutout UF since 1927. MSU also broke a steak of seven consecutive wins by UF in Starkville this decade, posting the largest shutout win over a Gator squad since LSU shutout Florida 10-0 in 1989.

    Compton, a senior from Brandon, Miss., faced the minimum through 7.1 innings, striking out a career-high 11 Gator batters. UF shortstop Mark Ellis recorded Florida’s first hit in the fourth inning and was the only Gator runner until the eighth. Nystrom reached on a throwing error in the eighth as Compton faced 28 batters, just one over the minimum.

    The Bulldogs built a 4-0 lead on UF starter Jeff Cardozo (2-3) with single runs in the second and fourth innings, followed by a two-run fifth that ended his night after 4.2 innings pitched.

    MSU (36-14, 13-11) got on the board in the first on a run-scoring single by Chris Curry, scoring first baseman Cliff Wren. Wren, who extended his hit streak to 14 games, had doubled with two outs to start the rally. The Bulldogs then put together a pair of singles in the fourth by Jamie Rock and Travis Chapman, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly.

    Mississippi State scored twice in the fifth. John Knott’s leadoff double got the inning started, scoring on a single by Josh West. Former Gator Ty Martin then singled home Knott to take the four-run advantage.

    Any chance of a ninth-inning comeback by the Gators ended in the bottom of the eighth. MSU added three runs in the eighth off reliever Derek DeVaughan, who did no record an out. After a leadoff triple by Brian Wiese, Jamie Rock singled to plate Wiese. Travis Chapman then hit a home run to build the lead to seven runs. Keith Brice then entered the game and promptly gave up two runs to complete the five-run inning.

    Compton gave up a single to Todd Johannes in the ninth inning, but got Ellis to ground out to into a double play to end the game.

    MSU out-hit Florida 15-2 in the game as six different UF players were struck out in the game, including three by Greg Catalanotte and Ryan Shealy. No Florida batter advanced past first base on the night.

    The two schools play the second game of the series Saturday at 6 p.m. Senior Sergio Rodriguez (1-0) will make the start for Florida.

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