Live from Foley Field

Foley Field (Photo Courtesy of UGA Athletics)

Foley Field (Photo Courtesy of UGA Athletics)

Welcome to the second day here at Foley Field on the campus of Georgia. There will be a doubleheader today due to a 100-percent chance of rain on Sunday here in Athens. Game 1 will be televised on FSN and Ross Mitchell will make his second career start in that contest. Mississippi State will be wearing its maroon hats, maroon “Mississippi State” jerseys and white pants while UGA is clad in black hats and white uniforms. It’s a pretty day here so far so hopefully it’ll stay that way and we’ll get both of these games in. I apologize for just now getting last night’s postgame interviews up. The internet at my hotel was sketchy yesterday afternoon and wouldn’t work at all last night.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State (13-8, 0-1)

LF Jake Vickerson, L/R, Jr., .304, 8 RBI, 6 SB

DH Alex Detz, L/R, Sr., .221, HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB

1B Wes Rea, R/R, Jr., .306, 3 HR, 20 RBI

2B Brett Pirtle, S/R, Sr., .305, 11 RBI, 3 SB

SS Seth Heck, R/R, Jr., .289, 6 RBI, 2 SB

CF C.T. Bradford, L/L, Sr., .310, 10 RBI, 2 SB

RF Cody Brown, L/R, Fr., .320, 5 RBI, SB

C Zack Randolph, R/R, Jr., .227, 4 RBI, SB

3B Matthew Britton, L/R, Jr., .176, 2 RBI

LHP Ross Mitchell, R-Jr. (2-1, 1.67 ERA, 17 K, 7 BB)

Georgia (13-6, 1-0)

SS Nelson Ward, L/R, Jr., .301, HR, 15 RBI, 6 SB

LF Conor Welton, L/L, R-Jr., .377, HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB

3B Hunter Cole, R/R, Jr., .365, HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB

1B Jared Walsh, L/L, Jr., .194, 2 RBI

DH Zack Bowers, R/R, So., .299, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB

2B Jess Posey, L/R, So., .239, HR, 15RBI

RF Heath Holder, R/R, Jr., .219, 8 RBI

C Brandon Stephens, R/R, .359, 3 RBI

CF Stephen Wrenn, R/R, .275, 9 RBI, 7 SB

RHP Robert Tyler, Fr. (1-0, 0.93 ERA, 15 K, 2 BB)

TOP 1ST

I love that they have an actual organ player here at the ball park. It’s the same guy that plays the organ at Turner Field for the Braves.

Raising Cains in the press box for pregame meal. I’m perfectly okay with that.

Vickerson flew out to center, one out.

Detz grounded out to short. Great backhand there by Ward deep in the hole, two outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mitchell’s first pitch is a ball. Ward walked.

Welton struck out swinging, one out.

Cole reached on a fielder’s choice. Ward forced out at second. Really close to getting the double play there, two outs.

Walsh grounded to short, Cole forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Pirtle’s bunt for a hit fails, one out.

Heck flew out to center. Another incredible diving grab out there by Wrenn, two outs.

Bradford popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Bowers grounded out to short, one out.

Posey struck out swinging, two outs.

Holder grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Brown struck out swinging, one out.

Randolph walked becoming State’s first base runner.

Britton doubled to the wall in center scoring Randolph, RBI.

Vickerson singled to center, Britton advanced to third.

Detz doubled to the wall in the left-center gap scoring Britton and Vickerson, 2 RBI.

Rea grounded out to second, Detz advanced to third, two outs.

Pirtle flew out to left. A diving grab by Welton saves another run from scoring, three outs.

3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Stephens grounded out to second, one out.

Wrenn grounded out to short. Gorgeous play by Heck going deep in the hole, backhanding it and throwing out Wrenn at first, two outs.

Ward grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Heck walked.

Bradford singled through the left side, Heck advanced to second.

Brown with a great sacrifice bunt moves both runners into scoring position, one out.

Randolph popped out to second, two outs.

Britton struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Welton walked on a 3-2 count.

Cole grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, two outs.

Walsh doubled to the wall in right for UGA’s first knock.

Bowers hit by pitch. I bet that stung.

Posey walked to load the bases.

Holder grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Vickerson flew out to right, one out.

Detz flew out to the warning track in right, two outs.

Rea popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Stephens singled to right.

Wrenn grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, two outs.

Ward grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 6TH

Pirtle popped out to left, one out.

Heck grounded out to third. Nice play there by Cole, two outs.

Bradford flew out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Welton grounded out to short, one out.

Cole struck out swinging, two outs.

Walsh walked. Lots of close pitches there not called strikes by home plate ump Chuck Pack.

Bowers flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 7TH

Brown walked.

Randolph reached on a fielding error by Posey, Brown advanced to third. Brown kinda shielded Posey from making that play but didn’t interfere.

Randolph stole second.

Britton singled through the right side scoring Brown and Randolph, 2 RBI.

LHP Jarrett Brown in to pitch for UGA.

Vickerson flew out to right, one out.

Detz popped out to the pitcher, two outs.

Rea walked, Britton advanced to second.

Pirtle singled to right scoring Britton, RBI. Rea advanced to third and Pirtle took second on the throw to the plate.

Heck grounded out to short, three outs.

3 R, 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

6-0 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Posey grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Holder grounded out to short, two outs.

Stephens struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-0 MSU

TOP 8TH

Mike Bell in at second for UGA.

Bradford grounded out to short, one out.

Brown struck out looking, two outs.

Randolph flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-0 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Mitchell back out for the 8th sitting on 100 pitches.

Wrenn singled to left.

Ward grounded out 1-4-3, Wrenn advanced to second. UGA coach Scott Stricklin came out to argue with 1st base ump Eric “Hank” Himmanen, one out.

Welton grounded out to short, Wrenn advanced to third, two outs.

Cole doubled to the wall in center scoring Wrenn, RBI.

Walsh grounded out to second, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Britton flew out to the warning track in right, one out.

Derrick Armstrong pinch hitting for Vickerson. Armstrong lined out to first, two outs.

Reid Humphreys pinch hitting for Detz. Humphreys flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-1 MSU

BOTTOM 9TH

Mitchell back out for the 9th.

Bowers grounded out to short, one out.

Bell struck out swinging, two outs.

Holder grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPPI STATE 6, GEORGIA 1

Hits: MSU 6, UGA 4

Errors: MSU 0, UGA 1

WP: Ross Mitchell (3-1) 9 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 5 K, 4 BB

LP: Robert Tyler (1-1) 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 K, 3 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Matthew Britton 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, Alex Detz 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; UGA – Hunter Cole 1-4, 2B, RBI

Attendance: N/A

The second game of the doubleheader will begin approximately 45 minutes after the final out was made. Junior RHP Trevor Fitts will start Game 3 for MSU.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State (14-8, 0-1)

LF Jake Vickerson, L/R, Jr., .301, 8 RBI, 6 SB

3B Alex Detz, L/R, Sr., .222, HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB

1B Wes Rea, R/R, Jr., .293, 3 HR, 20 RBI

2B Brett Pirtle, S/R, Sr., .302, 12 RBI, 3 SB

SS Seth Heck, R/R, Jr., .271, 6 RBI, 2 SB

CF Derrick Armstrong, R/R, Sr., .294, 3 RBI, 8 SB

RF Demarcus Henderson, R/R, R-Sr., .326, 4 RBI, 8 SB

DH Kyle Hann, R/R, So., .100, RBI

C Gavin Collins, R/R, Fr., .185, 3 RBI

RHP Trevor Fitts, Jr. (2-0, 3.92 ERA, 25 K, 4 BB)

Georgia (13-7, 1-1)

SS Nelson Ward, L/R, Jr., .289, HR, 15 RBI, 6 SB

LF Conor Welton, L/L, R-Jr., .363, HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB

3B Hunter Cole, R/R, Jr., .359, HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB

1B Jared Walsh, L/L, Jr., .206, 2 RBI

C Zack Bowers, R/R, So., .286, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB

DH Daniel Nichols, L/R, So., .326, HR, 10 RBI, SB

2B Jess Posey, L/R, So., .232, HR, 15 RBI

RF Skylar Weber, L/R, Fr., .286, 8 RBI

CF Stephen Wrenn, R/R, .278, 9 RBI, 7 SB

LHP Patrick Boling, R-Sr. (2-1, 2.57 ERA, 11 K, 5 BB)

TOP 1ST

First pitch to Vickerson is a strike. Vickerson struck out on a check swing, one out.

Detz walked.

Rea burned the centerfielder with a double to the wall in dead center, Detz scored, RBI.

Pirtle lined out to left, two outs.

Heck walked.

Armstrong lined out to left, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 1ST

Ward flew out to center, one out.

Welton struck out swinging, two outs.

Cole singled to left.

Walsh popped out to left, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Henderson walked.

Henderson stole second. He’s now 9 for 9 on the year.

Hann bunted Henderson to third, one out.

Collins popped out to left, two outs.

Vickerson popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

Bowers popped out to left, one out.

Nichols grounded out to third, two outs.

Posey grounded out to second. Another nice play by Pirtle. He knocked down the line drive and threw out the runner from booty, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 3RD

Detz flew out to right, one out.

Rea struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Pirtle popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Weber flew out to left, one out.

Wrenn struck out swinging, two outs.

Ward singled to left.

Welton struck out again on a check swing, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Heck singled a chopper over the third baseman’s head.

Armstrong walked, Heck advanced to second.

Henderson bunts both runners into scoring position, one out.

RHP David Sosebee in to pitch for UGA.

C.T. Bradford pinch hitting for Hann. Bradford doubled to the wall in left scoring Armstrong and Heck, 2 RBI.

Bradford gunned down attempting to steal third, two outs.

Collins doubled to the wall in right. Weber almost made a nice diving catch on the warning track but the ball popped out when he hit the ground.

Vickerson grounded out to first, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Cole flew out to left, one out.

Walsh struck out swinging, two outs.

Bowers struck out looking. That last pitch was filthy, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Detz flew out to center, one out.

Rea lined out to short, two outs.

Pirtle grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Nichols doubled to center. It was a pop-up and MSU had Vickerson, Heck and Armstrong all there to make the play but nobody communicated and nobody made the play either.

Posey grounded out to first, Nichols advanced to third.

Nichols scored on a wild pitch.

Weber struck out swinging, two outs.

Wrenn singled to center.

Ward hit by pitch, Wrenn advanced to second.

LHP Jacob Lindgren in to pitch for MSU. He inherits a 2-0 count. Welton walked to load the bases.

Cole grounded to short, Welton forced out at second, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Heck lined out to short. Ward made a sensational leaping snag to rob Heck of a hit, one out.

Armstrong struck out swinging, two outs.

Henderson drew a 3-2 walk snapping string of six straight retired by Sosebee.

Bradford singled through the right side, Henderson advanced to second.

RHP Jared Cheek in to pitch for UGA. Cheek’s warm-up music is a techno mix of the Mortal Kombat theme.

Cody Brown pinch hitting for Collins. Brown popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Walsh grounded out to second, one out.

Bowers struck out swinging, two outs.

Nichols struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

Vickerson reached on a fielding error by Posey.

The scoring at Foley Field is much more fair than at Dudy Noble.

Detz popped out to left, one out.

Vickerson caught stealing second, two outs.

Rea grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Posey popped out to short. Heck made a diving grab in shallow left, one out.

Heath Holder pinch hitting for Weber. Holder grounded out to short, two outs.

Wrenn grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Pirtle singled up the middle. He’s reached base safely in 27 straight SEC games.

Heck bunted Pirtle to second, one out.

Armstrong grounded out to third, two outs.

Henderson grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Ward struck out swinging, one out.

Welton struck out looking, two outs.

Cole singled to right.

Walsh walked, Cole advanced to second.

Both runners move into scoring position after a wild pitch.

RHP Jonathan Holder in to pitch for MSU inheriting a 2-2 count. Holder pushes the count to 3-2 before fanning Bowers with a 12-6 hook. That’s the hat trick for Bowers, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Bradford got to second on a fielding error by Heath Holder.

Randolph bunts Bradford to third, one out.

Vickerson struck out looking, two outs.

Detz singled up the middle scoring Bradford, RBI.

Matthew Britton pinch running for Detz.

Rea popped out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Nichols blooped a single to left.

Posey struck out looking, one out.

Heath Holder struck out looking by Jonathan Holder, two outs.

Wrenn singled up the middle, Nichols advanced to second.

Ward popped out to center, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, GEORGIA 1

Hits: MSU 7, UGA 7

Errors: MSU 0, UGA 2

WP: Jacob Lindgren (2-0) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB

LP: Patrick Boling (2-2) 3.1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 K, 4 BB

S: Jonathan Holder (2) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 6 K, 3 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – C.T. Bradford 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Gavin Collins 1-2, 2B, Wes Rea 1-5, 2B, RBI; UGA – Daniel Nichols 2-4, 2B, Hunter Cole 2-4, Stephen Wrenn 2-4

Attendance: 2,567

 

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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