If you weren’t able to stay up for Mississippi State’s 17-inning, 2-1 win over Missouri last night, I wrote a 900-word game story that you can find here. And that doesn’t cover nearly all of the action, because, you know, 17 innings. Thank goodness for blogs.
The box score alone will mesmerize you. The linescore, as one of my Twitter followers pointed out, looks like computer code. (We were all trapped inside the Matrix!) Missouri scored one run in the third inning, then didn’t score for the last 14 frames. MSU scored once in the fifth, put up 11 consecutive zeros, and finally got that winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 17th.
Because it was such a pitching duel, a lot of hitters had tough nights at the plate. C.T. Bradford was 0 for 6; Brett Pirtle was 2 for 8; left fielders Demarcus Henderson and Jacob Robson were a combined 0 for 7. Bradford’s season batting average fell from .308 to .300. On the plus side, Adam Frazier was 3 of 8; Wes Rea was 2 of 6 with two walks; and a slumping Hunter Renfroe was 2 of 7 with an RBI and a walk. Also, Pirtle has reached base safely in 30 consecutive games.
State used 23 players in all, six of them pitchers. Four players entered the game as pinch runners, with Sam Frost the only one of those to play in the field, at third base. Pinch runner Kyle Hann scored the winning run. MSU had 16 hits and stranded 19 runners.
On the mound, MSU’s six pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts and just four walks, and they threw a total of 222 pitches. Missouri’s three pitchers had 13 strikeouts and five walks and totaled 245 pitches. That’s 467 pitches for the game. Mizzou starter Rob Zastryzny tossed 124 pitches over nine innings, and reliever Keaton Steele threw 105 over seven innings. No MSU hurler tossed more than 46 pitches. Winning pitcher Will Cox tossed three shutout innings, his longest outing since throwing five innings in a start against Saint Joseph’s on March 3. His ERA dropped from 3.18 to 2.81 after last night’s work.
As you likely know, this was the longest SEC Tournament game ever played at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, which has hosted the event since 1998. It’s tied for the longest SEC postseason game – Auburn beat Arkansas 3-1 in 17 innings the 1994 SEC Western Division Tournament. It tied for the longest game in MSU history, matching a 2007 game at Ole Miss, which State won 4-1.
And here’s one more number for you: From first to last pitch, I sent out 145 tweets, not including replies.