Bradford aids Maroon to even series

C.T. Bradford threw four shutout innings of one-hit baseball on Friday. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

C.T. Bradford threw four shutout innings of one-hit baseball on Friday. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

STARKVILLE – Senior southpaw C.T. Bradford may have gone 0-for-4 at the plate Friday night but his stellar performance on the mound helped the Maroon team even the Bulldog World Series in game two.

Bradford tossed four scoreless innings as the Maroon team cruised to a 8-2 victory over its White counterparts.

“I enjoy starting games,” Bradford said. “Whether or not they need me in the spring, we’ll see. I do have an every day job (in centerfield) but it’s whatever fits this team best. I’ll do the best I can in that position.”

Bradford surrendered just one hit through four frames with four strikeouts and four walks.

Left fielder Cody Brown paced the Maroons at the plate going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a run batted in.

Designated hitter Zack Randolph of Amory also had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and an RBI.

“I changed some stuff up and got into some good situations,” Randolph said. “We had runners at second and third and I was just trying to put it in play and I ended up getting a hit.”

Centerfielder Derrick Armstrong was 2-for-4 at the dish with two singles and driving in one. Third baseman Alex Detz also added an RBI double for the Maroon team’s 10-hit attack.

The White team, which wore black jerseys on Friday, finished with five hits. Designated hitter Daniel Garner blasted a solo home run to left off Tupelo’s Ben Hudspeth to lead off the sixth inning for the White.

Senior right-hander Ben Bracewell suffered the loss. Bracewell’s start lasted 2 1/3 innings allowing five runs on five hits with three walks, two strikeouts and a hit batter.

Game three of the five-game series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. and is free to the public. The Maroon team will send out junior righty Brandon Woodruff while the White counter with freshman right-hander Austin Sexton.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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