STARKVILLE – Down 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Gray used a four-run inning to edge out Maroon by a score of 5-4 in Mississippi State’s fifth intersquad scrimmage of the fall. The exhibition lasted six innings.
Senior outfielder Jake Vickerson led the Gray squad with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Also driving in runs for the victors were redshirt sophomore outfielder Cody Brown, freshman infielder Ryan Gridley and junior catcher Josh Lovelady. Sophomore junior college transfer Luke Reynolds was the star offensively for Maroon, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored.
On the bump, senior right-hander Trevor Fitts was dominant in relief for Gray, pitching three shutout innings with three strikeouts and no walks. True freshman right-hander Cole Gordon was also impressive in his start for Maroon, surrendering just one run in three innings of work. Sophomore submarine pitcher Logan Elliott finished off the game for Maroon with 1.1 shutout stanzas.
Maroon struck first with two runs in the opening frame, which began with a leadoff double by redshirt sophomore Jacob Robson. After Robson scored following a pair of errors, Reynolds singled to right and moved to second on a walk by redshirt freshman Dylan Ingram. Following a passed ball which advanced both men to the next base, sophomore outfielder Reid Humphreys drove in Reynolds on an RBI groundout.
Gray scored its first run of the scrimmage in the third when Lovelady drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a double to the gap in left by Vickerson.
Trailing 2-1, Maroon stormed back in the fourth, starting with RBI singles from Gridley and Lovelady. Leading 3-2, the home team extended its lead with a sacrifice fly by Brown, which scored Gridley, and an RBI single by Vickerson, which scored Brown.
Maroon scored two late runs in the fifth with an RBI single by Ingram and a sacrifice fly by Gordon, but it was not enough.
State returns to action Friday for a 3:30 p.m. scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville. The time is subject to change.
(From MSU Media Relations)