Strong turnout for Saturday scrimmage

Lucas Laster

Lucas Laster

Senior southpaws Lucas Laster and Ross Mitchell combined for six innings of one-run ball Saturday, leading Maroon to a 4-1 victory against Gray in Mississippi State baseball’s ninth intrasquad scrimmage of the spring. More than 2,700 fans attended the inaugural Fan Day celebration, which was followed by the six-inning exhibition at Dudy Noble Field.

Laster started on the bump, giving up one run on four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Mitchell, an All-SEC selection last spring, finished the game with zero hits allowed in the final 3 2/3 frames out of the bullpen.

Offensively for the victors, leadoff batter Jacob Robson and junior transfer Matt  Spruill each went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman infielder Ryan Gridley also recorded an impressive Saturday, finishing 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run.

Robson set the table in the first with a leadoff double. After moving to third on a groundout, the speedster scored on a wild pitch.

Gray tied the lead in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly by newcomer Luke Reynolds, before Maroon took the lead for good in the third with an RBI single by Spruill.

Maroon scored two more runs in the final stanza thanks to an RBI single to right by Robson and a bases loaded walk drawn by Gridley.

The team returns to action for a tentatively scheduled 2 p.m. scrimmage Sunday at Dudy Noble.

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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