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Welcome to Day 1 of the SEC Tournament here at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. No. 5 seed Mississippi State will play the nightcap against 12th-seeded Georgia. Tonight’s game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Kentucky-Alabama game (which UK leads 6-1 in the top of the 8th inning). The battle of the Bulldogs will be televised on CSS and ESPN3.com. Both teams are already here and are sitting patiently in the stands on their turn. We won’t have the game in tomorrow’s paper due to the late start but I’ll still have all the game coverage online.

Kentucky eliminated Alabama 7-1 and MSU-UGA is set to begin at 8:20 p.m. Georgia will wear black hats and black jerseys with grey pants while MSU will wear maroon hats, new white “Hail State” jerseys and white pants with a maroon stripe down the leg.

Starting lineups:

Georgia: (26-28-1)

CF Stephen Wrenn, R/R, .254, 20 RBI, 16 SB

LF Conor Welton, L/L. .284, HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB

3B Hunter Cole, R/R, .327, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 3 SB

SS Nelson Ward, L/R, .302, 2 HR, 34 RBI, 10 SB

1B Daniel Nichols, L/R, .267, 2 HR, 19 RBI, SB

C Brandon Stephens, R/R, .270, 7 RBI

RF DJ Smith, R/R, .240, 2 RBI, SB

DH Sean McLaughlin, L/R, .261, 3 RBI, 2 SB

2B Mike Bell, R/R, .255, HR, 8 RBI

RHP Dylan Cole (1-0) 4.73 ERA, 11 K, 9 BB

Mississippi State: (35-20)

CF C.T. Bradford, L/L, .294, HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB

1B Alex Detz, L/R, .245, 3 HR, 39 RBI, 5 SB

2B Brett Pirtle, S/R, .341, HR, 23 RBI, 4 SB

SS Seth Heck, R/R, .289, 24 RBI, 5 SB

C Gavin Collins, R/R, .312, HR, 16 RBI

LF Cody Brown, L/R, .258, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB

DH Jake Vickerson, L/R, .256, 10 RBI, 8 SB

RF Demarcus Henderson, R/R, .260, 7 RBI, 10 SB

3B Matthew Britton, L/R, .236, HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

LHP Lucas Laster (0-0) 1.52 ERA, 17 K, 4 BB

TOP 1ST

Laster’s first pitch is fouled off.

Wrenn flared a single into right.

Welton struck out swinging, one out.

Hunter Cole grounded out to second, Wrenn advanced to second, two outs.

Ward grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Bradford slaps the first pitch he sees into right for a single.

Detz flew out to center, one out.

Pirtle grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Nichols struck out swinging, one out.

Stephens lined out to right, two outs.

Smith struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

BOTTOM 2ND

Heck doubled down the left field line.

Collins bunted Heck to third. Dylan Cole threw the ball away at first allowing Collins to reach. Great job of backing up the play there by Bell.

Brown hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Heck, RBI, one out.

Vickerson flew out to center, two outs.

Henderson grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

McLaughlin singled through the right side.

Bell bunted McLaughlin to second, one out.

Laster called for a balk giving McLaughlin third.

Wrenn walked.

Welton singled up the middle scoring McLaughlin, RBI. Wrenn advanced to third and Welton took second on the throw to third.

Hunter Cole grounded out to second scoring Wrenn, RBI. Welton advanced to third.

Ward grounded out to second, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 UGA

BOTTOM 3RD

Britton singled to center.

Bradford grounded out to second, Britton advanced to second, one out.

Detz struck out swinging, two outs.

Pirtle grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 UGA

TOP 4TH

Nichols struck out swinging, one out.

Stephens grounded out to short, two outs.

Smith struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 UGA

BOTTOM 4TH

Heck flew out to left, one out.

Collins struck out swinging, two outs.

Brown flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 UGA

TOP 5TH

McLaughlin grounded out to first, one out.

Bell struck out swinging, two outs.

Laster grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-1 UGA

BOTTOM 5TH

Vickerson singled through the right side.

Henderson bunted Vickerson to second, one out.

Britton struck out swinging, two outs.

Bradford walked, Vickerson took third on a wild pitch.

Detz struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-1 UGA

TOP 6TH

Welton grounded out to short. Nice pick by Detz at first, one out.

Hunter Cole struck out swinging, two outs.

Ward singled up the middle.

Nichols grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 UGA

BOTTOM 6TH

Pirtle is hit by pitch and has now reached base safely in 61 straight games against SEC opponents.

Heck hit by pitch, Pirtle advanced to second.

Collins bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

LHP Jarrett Brown in to pitch for UGA.

Wes Rea pinch hitting for Cody Brown. Rea doubles on the first pitch he sees into right-center scoring Pirtle and Heck, 2 RBI.

Derrick Armstrong pinch running for Rea.

Vickerson walked.

Henderson reached on a fielder’s choice, Vickerson forced out at second. Armstrong never checked up and slid in at home just ahead of the tag, RBI. Scott Stricklin came out to argue the call with home plate ump Paul Gullie, two outs.

Henderson awarded second on a balk.

Britton grounded out to first, three outs.

3 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

Stephens grounded out to third, one out.

Smith grounded out to first, two outs.

McLaughlin grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-2 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Bradford struck out looking. one out.

Detz grounded out to second, two outs.

Pirtle reached on an infield single to second.

Pirtle took second on a wild pitch.

Heck reached on an infield single to third, Pirtle advanced to third.

RHP Jared Cheek in to pitch for UGA.

Collins flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 8TH

Bell struck out looking, one out.

Wrenn grounded out to second, two outs.

Welton walked.

Welton advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Hunter Cole popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Armstrong lined off Cheek but right to Ward at short, who threw him out at first. Tough luck by Armstrong, who hit a rocket right up the middle, one out.

Vickerson grounded out to short, two outs.

Henderson singled to right.

Britton grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 9TH

Ward singled to left.

Nichols reached on a fielder’s choice, Ward forced out at second. Was nearly a 6-4-3 double play but Detz dropped the ball at first.

RHP Jonathan Holder in to pitch for MSU.

Stephens struck out swinging on three pitches, two outs.

Skyler Weber pinch hitting for Smith.

Nichols took second on a wild pitch.

Weber singled through the right side, Nichols advanced to third.

McLaughlin singled through the right side scoring Nichols, RBI. Weber advanced to second.

Jess Posey pinch hitting for Bell. Posey singled to right scoring Weber, RBI. McLaughlin thrown out at third, three outs.

2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-4

BOTTOM 9TH

Bradford flew out to right, one out.

Detz grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Pirtle singled to center.

Pirtle took second on a wild pitcher.

Heck fouled out to the catcher, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-4

TOP 10TH

Wrenn grounded out to short, one out.

Welton popped out to left, two outs.

Hunter Cole flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-4

BOTTOM 10TH

Collins singled up the middle.

Armstrong hit in the wrist, Collins advanced to second.

Vickerson bunted both runners into scoring position. Collins came around to score the winning run on a throwing error by Stephens.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, GEORGIA 4 (10-INNINGS)

Hits: MSU 10, UGA 8

Errors: MSU 0, UGA 2

WP: Jonathan Holder (6-1) 1.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB

LP: Jared Cheek (5-6) 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB

Multiple hits: MSU – Seth Heck 2-4, 2B, Brett Pirtle 2-4, Wes Rea 1-1, 2B; UGA – Sean McLaughlin 2-4, RBI, Nelson Ward 2-4

Attendance: 8,175

 

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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