Brown shines in scrimmage

Preston Brown

Preston Brown

With one week until Opening Day, redshirt junior right-hander Preston Brown played the role of a Friday night ace, leading Maroon to a 4-2 victory against Gray in Mississippi State baseball’s eighth intrasquad scrimmage of the spring. The seven-inning exhibition Friday took place at Dudy Noble Field.

Brown struck out eight batters in five scoreless innings of work on the bump, allowing just two hits and a walk. Following an inning by sophomore southpaw Vance Tatum, senior righty Trevor Fitts picked up the save with a scoreless seventh.

Sophomore three-hole hitter Reid Humphreys led the way offensively for Maroon, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Redshirt freshman Joey Swinarski also had two hits (2 for 3) and a stolen base, while redshirt senior Wes Rea finished with two runs and a double.

Maroon scored one run each in four of the first five innings, with the first one coming in the second when junior transfer Matt Spruill scored on an error by Gray’s third baseman.

The home team doubled its lead in the third when freshman Ryan Gridley took off from third base and tapped the dish on a throw from the Gray catcher to first base on a dropped strikeout.

The last two runs came on bases loaded walks by Humphreys in the fourth and redshirt sophomore Jacob Robson in the fifth.

Gray was led on offense by hot-hitting newcomer John Holland, who went 2 for 3 with a run. Junior catcher Josh Lovelady also reached base twice via a single and a walk, driving in one run.

The team now turns its attention to Fan Day, which is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Palmeiro Center on campus. Saturday marks the beginning of the 125th season of MSU baseball, with fans being able to get autographs from and take pictures with head coach John Cohen, the 2015 Diamond Dawgs and several former MSU players currently playing professional baseball. To help ensure everyone in attendance has a chance to meet Cohen and every player, all signees will autograph only one item per person.

Posters and schedule cards with game information will also be available for free to all fans. Other attractions include music, a Kids’ Zone with inflatable games, a Barnes and Noble souvenir booth, and appearances by the Diamond Girls, Champ and Bully. Refreshments and popcorn will also be served at the event free of charge.

At 12:30 p.m., the 2015 edition of the Maroon and White will play an intrasquad scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field. The exhibition is also free and open to the public, with kids being able to run the bases postgame.

On their way from the Palmeiro Center to “The Dude,” fans can tour and take pictures of the Hall of Champions, featuring the majority of MSU’s championship trophies. Fans can also grab a bite to eat at the Mugshots kiosk, set up in its normal in-season spot on the third-base concourse.

For fans coming into town for the weekend, the team will also play an open scrimmage at Dudy Noble Sunday at 2 p.m.

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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