Live from Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I was a little late arriving at the ballpark after watching the free throw fest between Mississippi State and Auburn on TV. The Tigers won 92-82 and was the Bulldogs seventh straight loss and 15th consecutive road defeat. It’s a beautiful day for baseball although temperatures are still on the cool side. Nice turnout by the Bulldog fanbase today. Diamond Dogs trying to bounce back from a 3-2 loss last night.

Bulldogs are wearing their maroon hats and white uniforms with maroon pinstripes. WCU is clad in purple hats, purple jerseys and white pants.

Starting lineups:

Western Carolina (1-0)

SS Aaron Attaway, Sr., R/R .667

2B Bradley Strong, Jr., L/R .000

CF Cody Jones, Sr., L/L .250, 1 RBI

1B Jacob Hoyle, Jr., L/L .250, 1 RBI

C Adam Martin, Sr., R/R .250

LF Dykota Spiess, Sr., L/R .000

DH Luke Gragg, Sr., L/R .750, 1 RBI

RF Matt Smith, Fr., L/L .000

3B Reece Strong, So., L/R .000

RHP Jordan Smith, Sr.

Mississippi State (0-1)

LF Jake Vickerson, Jr., L/R .000

3B Alex Detz, Sr., L/R .000

1B Wes Rea, Jr., R/R .250, 2 RBI

2B Brett Pirtle, Sr., S/R .250

CF C.T. Bradford, Sr., L/L .500

RF Cody Brown, RFr., L/R

DH Derrick Armstrong, Sr., R/R

SS Matthew Britton, Jr., L/R .000

C Gavin Collins, Fr., R/R

RHP Trevor Fitts, Jr.

TOP 1ST

Former Diamond Dog and big league reliever Jeff Brantley threw out today’s first pitch.

There was also a moment of silence held for former MSU closer and minor leaguer Scott Tanksley.

Attaway popped out to short, one out.

Bradley Strong singled to right.

Jones singled up the middle, Bradley Strong advanced to second.

Hoyle popped out to center, two outs.

MSU offensive line coach John Hevesy taking in some baseball today.

Martin strikes out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Vickerson struck out swinging, one out.

Detz grounded out to second, two outs.

Rea struck out looking. That’s his fourth K looking in five at bats this season.

The Bulldogs have now gone down in order in six of the 10 innings so far.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Spiess grounded out to second, one out.

Gragg struck out swinging, two outs.

Matt Smith walked.

Reece Strong struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Pirtle drew a leadoff walk.

Bradford reached on a fielder’s choice. Pirtle forced out at second, one out.

This is as good an opening weekend crowd I’ve seen at Dudy Noble Field since I started covering games here 10 years ago.

Brown walked, Bradford advanced to second.

Western Carolina with a mound visit. They didn’t have one of those til deep in the game last night.

Armstrong strikes out swinging, two outs.

Britton grounds to short, Brown forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Attaway singled to right-center.

Bradley Strong struck out swinging, one out.

Jones singled through the right side, Attaway advanced to second.

Hoyle struck out swinging, two outs.

Martin struck out swinging. That’s now a career-high for Fitts, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Collins in for his first Bulldog at bat. Collins walked.

Vickerson bunted Collins to second, one out.

Detz struck out looking, two outs.

Rea grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 4TH

Spiess struck out looking, one out.

Gragg struck out swinging, two outs.

Matt Smith singled through the left side.

Reece Strong grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 4TH

Pirtle singled through the right side for State’s first knock.

Bradford struck out swinging, one out.

Brown has an official at bat now with an RBI triple scoring Pirtle.

Armstrong walked on a 3-2 count.

Britton struck out swinging, two outs.

Collins walked. Like Brown, he’s also walked in his first two college AB’s. Bases full of Bulldogs.

Vickerson singled to right for his first collegiate hit. Brown and Armstrong score, 2 RBI. Collins advanced to second.

Detz struck out swinging, three outs.

3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Attaway flew out to right, one out.

Bradley Strong struck out swinging but reached first on the passed ball.

Jones flew out just shy of the warning track in left, two outs.

This is now a career high for Fitts in innings pitched.

Bradley Strong stole second.

Bradley Strong took third on a wild pitch.

Hoyle walked and Bradley Strong scored after another wild pitch.

Just got a look at State’s new catching gear. I like it.

Martin struck out looking. That’s the hat trick for him, three outs.

1 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Rea walks.

Pirtle flew out to center, one out.

Bradford singled up the middle, Rea advanced to second.

LHP Dillon Bray in to pitch for WCU.

Brown walked on four pitches to load the bases.

RHP B.J. Nobles in to pitch for WCU.

Armstrong grounds into a U-6-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Spiess struck out swinging, one out.

Gragg singled to left.

Dale Urquhart Jr. pinch hitting for Matt Smith. Can’t make that name up. Urquhart Jr. singled to left, Gragg advanced to second.

Taylor Sandefur pinch hitting for Reece Strong. Sandefur faceplants going down the first baseline on a groundout to short. Gragg and Urquhart Jr. advance into scoring position, two outs.

Attaway fouls out to second, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

J.D. Long now in at third for WCU.

Britton flew out to right, one out.

Jacob Robson pinch hitting for Collins. Robson walked.

LHP Bryce Danielson in to pitch for WCU.

Reid Humphreys pinch hitting for Vickerson. Mississippi’s Mr. Baseball 2013 makes his debut.

Robson caught stealing second. Got a terrible jump. Looked like he might have stumbled, two outs.

Humphreys struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

LHP Jacob Lindgren in to pitch for MSU. Brown moves to left, Demarcus Henderson now in right, Zack Randolph at catcher.

Strong walked.

Jones struck out swinging, one out.

Strong stole second.

Hoyle walked.

RHP Preston Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Martin strikes out swinging to get the golden sombrero, two outs.

Spiess flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Detz reached on an infield single to first. He’s now reached base safely in 25 straight games dating back to last season.

Rea hit by pitch, Detz advanced to second.

Pirtle puts down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, one out.

Bradford rips a liner right into the first baseman’s glove, two outs.

Crowd is dwindling as the temps drop.

Stop me if you’ve heard this…Brown walked. He’s now reached base in all five at bats of his career including four walks. Bases loaded.

RHP Jonathan Waszak in to pitch for WCU.

Armstrong grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Gragg strikes out looking for the hat trick, one out.

Urquhart Jr. walked.

Long grounded out to third, Urquhart Jr. advanced to second. Detz kicked it, stayed with it and Rea was able to scoop it out, two outs.

Urquhart Jr. took second on a wild pitch.

RHP Jonathan Holder in to pitch for MSU. Holder inherits a 3-2 count on Attaway. Holder gets the swinging strikeout on one pitch, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

LHP Alex Barr in to pitch for WCU.

Britton struck out looking, one out.

Randolph singled through the left side. That’s the former Amory and ICC standout’s first knock at MSU.

Henderson hit by pitch.

Detz singled to center loading the bases.

RHP Colton Davis in to pitch for WCU.

Rea smacks a single up the middle scoring Randolph and Henderson, 2 RBI. Detz advanced to second.

Pirtle drops a single into center loading the bases back up.

LHP John McClure in to pitch for WCU.

Bradford draws a walk forcing in Detz, RBI. Bases still loaded.

LHP Taylor Durand in to pitch for WCU.

Brown struck out swinging, two outs.

Daniel Garner pinch hitting for Armstrong. Garner struck out swinging, three outs.

3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

6-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Strong grounded out to first, one out.

Jones grounded out to first, two outs.

Hoyle struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 6, WESTERN CAROLINA 1

Hits: MSU 9; WCU 7

Errors: MSU 0; WCU 0

WP: Trevor Fitts (1-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 11 K, 2 BB

LP: Jordan Smith (0-1) 4.1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 7 K, 6 BB

S: Jonathan Holder (1) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Brett Pirtle 2-3, Alex Detz 2-5, Cody Brown 1-2, 3B, RBI; WCU – Cody Jones 2-5

Attendance: 9,187

 

 

 

 

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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