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Welcome to Day 3 here from the Hoover Met. Tonight’s game has a Friday bye on the line with the loser facing Florida in an elimination game. Tonight’s game will be televised on CSS and ESPN3.com. Right now LSU is leading Arkansas 7-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning and the MSU-Kentucky game will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion. Both the Bulldogs and Wildcats are in the bleachers awaiting their turn to warm-up.  State will be the visiting team in tonight’s game.

MSU-UK will begin at 8:10 p.m. following LSU’s 7-2 win over Arkansas. The Diamond Dogs will be clad in maroon hats and new dark grey uniforms while UK will wear white hats, blue jerseys and white pants.

STARTING LINEUPS:

MISSISSIPPI STATE (37-20)

CF C.T. Bradford, L/L, .304, HR, 29 RBI, 2 SB

DH Jake Vickerson, L/R, .258, 11 RBI, 8 SB

2B Brett Pirtle, S/R, .344, HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB

SS Seth Heck, R/R, .302, 25 RBI, 5 SB

C Gavin Collins, R/R, .313, HR, 16 RBI

LF Cody Brown, L/R, .255, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB

RF Demarcus Henderson, R/R, .274, 8 RBI, 10 SB

1B Wes Rea, R/R, .247, 4 HR, 37 RBI

3B Matthew Britton, L/R, .239, HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

LHP Ross Mitchell (8-4) 1.85 ERA, 49 K, 27 BB

KENTUCKY (34-22)

CF Austin Cousino, L/L, .305, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 16 SB

3B Max Kuhn, R/R, .323, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 3 SB

DH A.J. Reed, L/L, .356, 23 HR, 70 RBI

LF Ka’ai Tom, L/R, .328, 2 HR, 35 RBI, 13 SB

C Michael Thomas, R/R, .306, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 2 SB

RF Storm Wilson, L/R, .324, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 3 SB

1B Thomas Bernal, R/R, .310, HR, 27 RBI, 5 SB

SS Matt Reida, L/R, .235, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 5 SB

2B JaVon Shelby, R/R, .261, 4 HR, 22 RBI

RHP Zack Brown (0-1) 5.85 ERA, 14 K, 7 BB

TOP 1ST

Bradford flew out to left, one out.

Vickerson singled through the left side.

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

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Mitchell’s first pitch is a called strike.

Cousino flew out to left, one out.

Kuhn walked.

Reed grounded out right into the shift on the right side, Kuhn advanced to second, two outs.

Tom popped out to left, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

You can turn in a foul ball and receive a free bag of chips. Doubt anybody has made that deal.

Heck grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Collins singled to left.

Brown reached on a fielder’s choice, Collins forced out at second. Brown advanced to second on a throwing error by Shelby.

Henderson grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Thomas popped out to center, one out.

Wilson singled through the right side.

Bernal singled to center, Wilson advanced to second.

Reida reached on a fielder’s choice, Bernal forced out at second. Wilson advanced to third, two outs.

Shelby flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Rea singled off Shelby’s glove into center.

Rea stole second…yes that happened.

Britton bunted Rea to third, one out.

Bradford struck out swinging, two outs.

Vickerson grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Cousino grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Kuhn grounded out to second, two outs.

Reed grounded out into the shift once again, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 4TH

Pirtle extends his on-base streak to 63 games against SEC opponents with a single to left.

Heck grounded out to second, Pirtle advanced to second. Bang-bang play there at first, one out.

Collins walked.

Brown reached on another fielder’s choice, Collins forced out at second. Pirtle advanced to third, two outs.

Brown took second on a wild pitch.

Pirtle scored on a wild pitch, Brown advanced to third.

Henderson walked.

LHP Sam Mahar in to pitch for UK inheriting a 2-0 count on Rea.

Rea walked to load the bases.

Britton grounded out to first, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

1-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Tom grounded out to short, one out.

Thomas homers into the left field bullpen, RBI. That was his eighth of the season.

Wilson grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Bernal grounded out to second, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

TOP 5TH

Bradford singled to left, extending his hitting streak to 12-games.

Vickerson bunted Bradford to second, one out.

Pirtle popped out to center, two outs.

Heck singled to right-center scoring Bradford, RBI. He extends his hitting streak to 18-games.

Collins singled to right, Heck advanced to second.

Both runners move into scoring position on a balk.

Brown reached on an infield single to first, Heck scored, RBI. Brown advanced to third.

RHP Zach Strecker in to pitch for UK.

Henderson flew out to right, three outs.

2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Reida singled to right. Nearly was able to sneak the catcher behind him for the throw behind.

Shelby attempts to bunt Reida to second but Mitchell is able to get the lead runner at second, one out.

Cousino reached on a fielder’s choice, Shelby forced out at second. Was close to being a 4-6-3 double play, two outs.

Kuhn grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Rea singled up the middle. John Cohen said Rea was going to have to be a big part of MSU’s postseason. Big fella has been on base all three times tonight.

Britton singled to left, Rea advanced to second.

Bradford bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

Vickerson with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Rea, RBI. Britton tagged up to third, two outs.

Pirtle flew out to right, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Reed walked.

Tom chops a double down the first baseline scoring Reed, RBI.

Thomas singled through the left side, Tom advanced to third.

Thomas took second on a passed ball.

Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Tom, RBI. Thomas tagged up to third, one out.

Bernal singled to left scoring Thomas to tie the game, RBI.

Reida singled to center, Bernal advanced to second.

RHP Ben Bracewell in to pitch for MSU.

Shelby grounded out to short. Bernal and Reida advanced into scoring positon, two outs.

Cousino grounded out to second, three outs.

3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

4-4

TOP 7TH

Heck singled to right.

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

Brown walked to load the bases.

Henderson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Heck scored, Collins advanced to third, two outs.

Rea flew out to center, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-4 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Kuhn struck out looking. Bracewell painted the inside corner with that one, one out.

Reed walked on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt.

Tom singled up the middle, Reed advanced to second.

Thomas walked to load the bases.

LHP Vance Tatum in to pitch for MSU.

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

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

5-4 MSU

TOP 8TH

Britton struck out swinging, one out.

Bradford grounded out to short, two outs.

Vickerson fails on a bunt for a hit bid, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-4 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

RHP Myles Gentry in to pitch for MSU.

Bernal walked.

Reida doubled to left, Bernal advanced to third.

RHP Jonathan Holder in to pitch for MSU.

Kyle Barrett pinch hitting for Shelby. Barrett grounded out to short, Bernal scored, RBI. Reida advanced to third, one out.

Cousino struck out looking on a filthy breaking ball, two outs.

Kuhn flew out to left, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-5

TOP 9TH

RHP Spencer Jack in to pitch, Connor Heady in at second for UK.

Pirtle reached on an infield single to second and took second on a throwing error by Heady.

Heck bunted Pirtle to third, one out.

Collins singled to left scoring Pirtle to give MSU back the lead, RBI.

Collins caught stealing second on a pitch out, two outs.

Brown lined out to center, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

6-5 MSU

BOTTOM 9TH

Reed drops a double into left as the shift backfires that time.

Marcus Carson pinch running for Reed.

Carson advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Tom with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Carson to tie it once again, RBI, one out.

Thomas singled to left.

Wilson flew out to left, two outs.

Bernal grounded out to third, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-6

TOP 10TH

I have yet to cover a nine-inning game in Hoover this year.

Alex Detz pinch hitting for Henderson. Detz reached on a throwing error by Heady. That’s his second error since entering the game last inning.

Derrick Armstrong pinch running for Detz.

Rea fouled out to first, one out.

Britton singled to right, Armstrong advanced to third.

Bradford flew out to center, Armstrong tried to tag but was thrown out at the plate. John Cohen is furious with home plate ump Jack Cox, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

6-6

BOTTOM 10TH

Reida struck out looking, one out.

Heady struck out looking, two outs.

Cousino grounded out to first. Looks like Rea and Holder have improved their PFP, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-6

TOP 11TH

Vickerson popped out to right, one out.

Pirtle lined out to left, two outs.

Heck popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-6

BOTTOM 11TH

Kuhn singled to left-center.

Carson struck out swinging, one out.

Tom hit by pitch, Kuhn advanced to second.

Thomas struck out swinging, two outs.

Wilson reached on an infield single to third to load the bases. Britton’s diving stop saves the game.

Bernal pops out to Pirtle in shallow right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

6-6

TOP 12TH

Collins popped out to first, one out.

Brown singled to center and took two-bases on a throwing error by Cousino.

Armstrong reached on a fielder’s choice, Brown thrown out at the plate, two outs.

Rea struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-6

BOTTOM 12TH

RHP Preston Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Reida doubled to left.

Reida advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Dorian Hairston pinch hitting for Heady with a 2-1 count. Hairston walked.

Cousino walked intentionally to load the bases.

Kuhn struck out swinging, one out.

Zach Arnold pinch hitting for Carson. Arnold hit a chopper to short allowing Reida to score, RBI.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

FINAL: KENTUCKY 7, MISSISSIPPI STATE 6 (12-INNINGS)

Hits: UK 16, MSU 16

Errors: UK 4, MSU 0

WP: Spencer Jack (4-1) 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB

LP: Preston Brown (4-3) 0.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB

Leading hitters: UK – Matt Reida 4-6, 2 2B, Michael Thomas 3-5, HR, RBI, Ka’ai Tom 2-4, 2B, RBI, Storm Wilson 2-5, RBI, Thomas Bernal 2-5, RBI, A.J. Reed 1-3, 2B; MSU – Gavin Collins 4-5, RBI, Matthew Britton 2-4, Seth Heck 2-5, RBI, Cody Brown 2-5, RBI, Wes Rea 2-5, Brett Pirtle 2-6

Attendance: 8,501

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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