Balanced offense leads Black to win

John Marc Shelly retired all eight batters he faced in relief. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

John Marc Shelly retired all eight batters he faced in relief. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Starkville, Miss. – Seven different players for Team Black recorded a hit as Black escaped with a 5-3 win in Mississippi State’s second seven-inning scrimmage of 2014 Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

“I feel like we are off to a good start,” head coach John Cohen said. “We still have a long way to go. We have great leadership on this club and our older group has done a great job moving the younger group to the next level.”

The game started off with a pitchers’ duel between freshmen starters Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton, who each tossed two scoreless innings. The duo gave way to junior lefty Lucas Laster and freshman southpaw Vance Tatum, who combined for 2.2 scoreless stanzas. Sophomore righty John Marc Shelly also impressed on the bump, retiring all eight batters he faced in relief.

On offense, senior third baseman Alex Detz went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI double and a walk. Also collecting multiple hits were redshirt junior Zack Randolph (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and redshirt freshman Cody Brown (2-for-2, 2 runs). Joining Detz and Randolph with RBIs were freshman Joey Swinarski (1-for-2, 1 RBI), fellow freshman Reid Humphreys (1-for-3, RBI) and sophomore Kyle Hann (1-for-3, RBI).

(From MSU Media Relations)

Updates on this week’s scrimmage schedule can be found by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred. State’s 2014 lid-lifter is Friday, Feb. 14, 2013, as the No. 2 Bulldogs begin their 124th season with a 4 p.m. Opening Day contest against Hofstra.

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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