All-SEC left-handed pitcher Ross Mitchell led Maroon to a 2-0 shutout victory against Gray Saturday afternoon in Mississippi State baseball’s fifth intrasquad scrimmage of the spring. More than 700 fans attended the seven-inning scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field.
Mitchell started on the rubber for Maroon, giving up two hits in 4 2/3 innings. The former All-American out-dueled fellow senior southpaw Lucas Laster, who gave up two runs on five hits in four frames.
Offensively, junior transfer John Holland recorded the first four-hit performance in a 2015 exhibition, finishing 4 for 4 with a double. Redshirt senior first baseman Wes Rea (1 for 4) and senior infielder Matthew Britton (1 for 2, walk) drove in the only runs of the game.
After being deadlocked in a scoreless tie through four innings thanks to both starters working out of bases-loaded jams in the first, Maroon scored twice in the fifth. Holland started off the frame with a single, before preseason All-SEC catcher Gavin Collins was hit by a pitch to put two on the bags. Redshirt freshman Brent Rooker then walked to load the bases, before Laster was replaced by sophomore Dakota Hudson on the bump.
Following the pitching change, Hudson forced Holland out at home thanks to a groundball by redshirt sophomore outfielder Cody Brown. Rea then drove in Collins with a single to right, with Rooker following Collins on a sacrifice fly to left field by Britton.
Gray put the tying run at the plate with a runner on third in the bottom of the fifth, but sophomore righty Zac Houston kept the shutout alive by replacing Mitchell on the mound and striking out senior Seth Heck on a 91 mph fastball for the third out.
Set-up man Vance Tatum (1 1/3 IP, 1 K) and closer Trevor Fitts (1 IP, 2 K) continued to establish their presence in the back end of the bullpen, closing out the game for the victors.
The Maroon and White return to Dudy Noble Field Sunday for a 3 p.m. scrimmage.
(From MSU Media Relations)