STARKVILLE – Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Maroon used a five-run fifth to escape with a 5-4 win against Gray in Mississippi State baseball’s seventh scrimmage of the fall. The Saturday exhibition at Dudy Noble Field lasted six innings.
“We experienced some great situational baseball, both offensively, defensively and on the mound,” head coach John Cohen said. “I thought we had some guys swing the bat well.”
Sophomore outfielder Reid Humphreys led the way offensively for Maroon, going 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a walk. Maroon teammate Luke Reynolds also went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run, while senior shortstop Seth Heck finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Sophomore catcher Gavin Collins anchored Gray’s offense, tallying an RBI and three hits, including one double. Also collecting multiple hits for Gray were junior college transfers John Holland (3-for-4) and Matt Spruill (2-for-4).
On the mound, sophomore southpaw Vance Tatum impressed in his start with three innings of shutout baseball. The lefty struck out a game-high four hitters for Gray. Sophomore junior college transfer Logan Elliott pitched a scoreless inning for Maroon.
“I was really pleased with how Logan Elliot came in and competed late in the ballgame and made some quality pitches to get out of a tough jam,” Cohen said.
State returns to action Sunday for a 1 p.m. scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.
(From MSU Media Relations)