STARKVILLE – Trailing by one with two outs in the bottom of the last inning, senior outfielder Jake Vickerson belted an RBI single to give Maroon a 2-2 tie against Gray in Mississippi State baseball’s sixth scrimmage of the fall. The Bulldogs return to action at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Dudy Noble Field for another seven-inning exhibition.
“I thought we had a very productive day,” head coach John Cohen said. “I thought our kids were really focused today. I thought we defended well and swung the bats well in some sequences.”
Junior transfer John Holland for Gray led all hitters at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Infielder Seth Heck and Ryan Gridley both reached base twice via a single and a walk. Vickerson (1-for-4) and junior infielder Matt Spruill (1-for-4) recorded the only RBIs of the game.
On the mound, sophomore junior college transfer Daniel Brown started for Maroon, striking out five in 4.0 innings with one run allowed on three hits and two walks. Redshirt junior Preston Brown earned the nod for Gray, striking out four in three innings on the bump with one run allowed on two hits and three walks.
In relief, All-SEC southpaw Ross Mitchell tossed three innings of one-run ball, while sophomore righty Zac Houston hurled three shutout innings.
“I was really impressed with our pitchers,” Cohen added. “Preston Brown and Daniel Brown went out and pitched extremely well. I thought Ross Mitchell was good and Zac Houston did a great job for us. We had some really great pitching performances and we needed it.”
Maroon scored first in the second inning when redshirt freshman Dyan Ingram scampered across the plate after a passed ball. Gray tied it right back up in the top half of the next inning when Spruill singled home senior catcher Cody Walker.
Tied at one in the top of the fifth, Holland took the lead for Gray when he scored following a defensive miscue by Maroon.
The 2-1 score remained until the bottom of the seventh, when sophomore Luke Reynolds earned a one-out walk. Following a balk which moved Reynolds to second and a strikeout, Vickerson singled up the middle to tie the game.
(From MSU Media Relations)