Collins’ walk-off home run gives Gray win

Gavin Collins

Gavin Collins

Sophomore catcher Gavin Collins hit a walk-off home run to the Left Field Lounge in the bottom of the sixth to lead Gray to a dramatic 4-3 victory against Maroon in Mississippi State baseball’s second fall scrimmage Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Collins’ dinger came moments after redshirt freshman outfielder Brent Rooker hit a game-tying home run in the top of the sixth to even the score at three.

The scoring began in the top of the third, when Maroon’s Jacob Robson singled up the middle and immediately stole second base. The speedster sprinted to third on a botched pickoff attempt at second, before scoring on a grounder to shortstop by senior Seth Heck.

Gray tied it up one inning later when leadoff batter Cody Brown was hit by a pitch. The redshirt sophomore then went from first to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center field by Collins, who just missed a home run over the batter’s eye.

Tied at one in the top of the fifth, Robson rifled a single up the middle with one out, before Heck reached first on an error. With two gone, redshirt freshman Dylan Ingram launched a base hit to the gap in left, scoring Robson for the go-ahead run.

Trailing by one, Gray took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the frame with RBIs by newcomers Michael Smith and Ryan Gridley. The long-ball dramatics then followed to give the game its final score of 4-3.

Starting pitchers Daniel Brown and Preston Brown looked sharp in their fall debuts, giving up just one run each in three total innings of work.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday for a 4 p.m. CT scrimmage at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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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