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Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

The temps have warmed up tremendously today and it’s a beautiful afternoon at the ball park. It’s still a light jacket type of day but the wind isn’t blowing like it was yesterday. Speaking of yesterday, I apologize for not having live updates but with a spring football scrimmage to write up as well as a women’s basketball preview I simply wasn’t able to multitask that well. Today is still a doubleheader of sorts for me as I’ll be headed over to the WNIT Elite Eight following the conclusion of today’s rubber game against Arkansas.

Today the Bulldogs are wearing maroon hats, their Astros type jerseys and white pants while the Hogs are wearing red hats and red jerseys along with white pants with red pinstripes.

Starting lineups:

Arkansas: 17-9, 4-4

RF Andrew Benintendi, L/L, Fr., .250, HR, 13 RBI, 2 SB

LF Joe Serrano, R/R, Jr., .300, 15 RBI, 3 SB

2B Brian Anderson, R/R, Jr., .320, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 2 SB

1B Eric Fisher, L/L, R-Jr., .264, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

CF Tyler Spoon, R/R, .276, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB

DH Clark Eagan, L/R, Fr., .293, 2 RBI, SB

3B Bobby Wernes, R/R, So., .327, 7 RBI, SB

C Jake Wise, R/R, Sr., .129, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

SS Michael Bernal, R/R, R-So., .217, 5 RBI

RHP Chris Oliver, Jr.,  (2-2) 1.74 ERA, 22 K, 8 BB

Mississippi State: 19-10, 5-3

LF Jake Vickerson, L/R, Jr., .260, 10 RBI, 6 SB

DH Alex Detz, L/R, Sr., .233, HR, 16 RBI, 3 SB

1B Wes Rea, R/R, Jr., .275, 3 HR, 24 RBI

2B Brett Pirtle, S/R, Sr., .324, 13 RBI, 3 SB

SS Seth Heck, R/R, Jr., .261, 12 RBI, 2 SB

CF Derrick Armstrong, R/R, Sr., .328, 9 RBI, 9 SB

RF Demarcus Henderson, R/R, Sr., .339, 5 RBI, 9 SB

C Gavin Collins, R/R, Fr., .270, 3 RBI

3B Matthew Britton , L/R, Jr., .147, 6 RBI, 2 SB

RHP Trevor Fitts, Jr. (2-1) 3.13 ERA, 37 K, 6 BB

TOP 1ST

Fitts first pitch is a called strike.

Bernintendi grounded out to second, one out.

Serrano popped out to second, two outs.

Anderson struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Vickerson singles to left.

Detz with a two-run homer to right. That’s his second dinger of the year and had just enough to get over the wall.

Rea struck out swinging, one out.

Pirtle flew out to center, two outs.

Heck hit by pitch.

Armstrong struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Fisher fouled strike three into the mitt of Collins but home plate ump Todd Henderson had to check down at first with Christopher Griffith who apparently wasn’t paying attention and said safe. John Cohen came out of the dugout to argue. But baseball worked itself out as Fisher struck out swinging anyways, one out.

There was a change to the starting lineup as former MSU football and baseball walk-on Krisjon Wilkerson is in the five hole as the designated hitter. Wilkerson grounded out to second. Great play by Pirtle to stay with the tough hop, two outs.

Eagan will play right field for the Hogs. Eagan popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

Henderson flew out to right, one out.

Collins popped out to right, two outs.

Britton grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

Wernes gets Arkansas’ first hit off of Fitts…literally.

Wise struck out swinging, one out.

Bernal popped a bunt up to the catcher, two outs.

Benintendi flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Vickerson lined out to second, one out.

Detz flew out to center, two outs.

Rea singled through the left side.

Pirtle grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Serrano poked a double down the third base line past a diving Britton.

Anderson singled up the middle scoring Serrano, RBI.

Fisher flew out to right, one out.

Wilkerson singled to right past a diving Rea, Anderson advanced to third.

LHP Jacob Lindgren in to pitch for MSU.

Eagan popped a bunt up to the catcher, two outs.

Wernes struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Heck popped out to the second baseman in foul territory, one out.

Armstrong reached on a bunt single.

Henderson reached an infield single to short, Armstrong advanced to second.

Collins grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 5TH

Wise grounded out to second. Pirtle continues to impress there. He stopped that one behind the bag and still made the throw to first in time, one out.

Bernal struck out swinging, two outs.

Benintendi grounded out to first. Rea made the play and raced Benintendi to the bag and made the play after diving to touch the base first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Britton grounded out to short. Nice scoop at first by Fisher, one out.

Vickerson walked.

Vickerson stole second.

Vickerson was picked off of second and caught in a run down. He ran around the tag of Wernes at third and was ruled safe. Came close and may have ran out of the base line. Dave Van Horn out to argue with third base ump Donald Gilmore and has a valid point.

Detz struck out swinging, two outs.

Rea singled through the right side scoring Vickerson, RBI.

Pirtle lined out to left, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Serrano struck out looking, one out.

Anderson struck out swinging, two outs.

Fisher struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Heck grounded out to second, one out.

Armstrong grounded out to second, two outs.

Henderson lined out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

Wilkerson struck out swinging, one out.

Eagan struck out swinging, two outs.

Wernes struck out swinging. Lindgren has struck out six straight and seven of the last eight, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

Collins singled to center.

Britton grounded out to second, Collins advanced to second.

LHP Colin Poche in to pitch for UA.

Collins took third on a passed ball.

Vickerson walked.

Detz grounded out to third, Collins scored, RBI. Vickerson advanced to third, two outs.

RHP Jacob Stone in to pitch for UA.

Rea struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Wise swung so hard at strike two that he fell down in the batter’s box. Wise grounded out to short, one out.

Bernal hit by a pitch breaking a string of 12 straight retired by Lindgren.

Benintendi singled to right, Bernal advanced to second.

RHP Jonathan Holder in to pitch and Zack Randolph in to catch for MSU.

Serrano flew out to right, two outs.

Anderson reached on a fielding error by Heck loading the bases.

Fisher struck out swinging for the hat trick, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 3 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Pirtle walked.

Pirtle took second on a throwing error by Stone.

Anderson’s grounder last inning has been changed to a hit. Never have understood the scoring here at Dudy Noble Field, never will.

Heck bunted Pirtle to third, one out.

Armstrong hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Pirtle, RBI, two outs.

Henderson struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 0 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

5-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Wilkerson flew out to left, one out.

Eagan struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch.

Wernes struck out looking, two outs.

Michael Gunn pinch hitting for Wise.

Eagan stole second.

Gunn flew out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, ARKANSAS 1

Hits: MSU 7, UA 6

Errors: MSU 0, UA 1

WP: Jacob Lindgren (3-0) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 8 K, 0 BB

LP: Chris Oliver (2-3) 6.1 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 K, 1 BB

S: Jonathan Holder (4) 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Wes Rea 2-4, RBI, Alex Detz 1-4, HR, 3 RBI; UA – Brian Anderson 2-4, RBI, Joe Serrano 1-4, 2B

Attendance: 7,766

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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