Great defense and timely pitching highlighted Mississippi State baseball’s first fall intersquad scrimmage Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field. The seven-inning affair ended in a 2-2 tie.
“I thought we had several pitchers come in today and do very well,” head coach John Cohen said. “We had some good moments and we will keep experimenting to see what guys fit what roles.”
After a scoreless top of the first pitched by true freshman right-hander Aaron Dominguez, Maroon jumped on the board thanks to an RBI single by junior college transfer John Holland in the bottom half of the inning.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, White senior catcher Cody Walker tied up the game when he scored on a bases-loaded walk. Later in the inning, sophomore outfielder Reid Humphreys beat out an infield single with two outs to drive home senior outfielder Jake Vickerson, giving the visitors a narrow 2-1 lead.
In the second-to-last frame, Maroon tied the game at two when sophomore catcher Gavin Collins scored on a wild pitch. With a runner on third and one out, however, Vickerson ensured the draw for White by catching a flyout in right field and throwing out redshirt freshman Joey Swinarski at the plate for the final out of the inning.
Redshirt freshman Jacob Billingsley continued where he left off in summer ball, tossing a scoreless final frame.
The nine-time NCAA College World Series participants return to action Friday for a 3:30 p.m. scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field.
(From MSU Media Relations)