STARKVILLE – Three Mississippi State pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout in Mississippi State’s fourth intersquad scrimmage of the fall Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Gray edged Maroon by a final of 1-0 in the five-inning exhibition.
True freshman right-hander Jesse McCord made his fall debut as the starter for Gray, tossing 2.2 innings of hitless ball. Sophomore righty Zac Houston replaced him in the third, getting the final out of the inning with two runners in scoring position. Houston returned in the fourth for a perfect eight-pitch inning. Redshirt freshman right hander Jacob Billingsley earned the save with a scoreless fifth.
“I was really pleased today with the way Zac Houston pitched,” head coach John Cohen said.
Senior Wes Rea continued his impressive start to his final campaign with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate, including an RBI single in the bottom of the second which drove in redshirt sophomore Cody Brown for the game’s only run. Brown reached base via a leadoff triple to the gap in left. In addition to Rea and Brown having hits, redshirt freshman Brent Rooker recorded a base knock for Gray and also reached first after getting hit by a pitch.
“Wes Rea has had a great fall already in our first four games,” Cohen added. “He is a great leader.”
True freshman Ryan Gridley collected the only hit for Maroon in the top of the fifth.
State returns to action Tuesday for a tentatively scheduled 5:30 p.m. scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.