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Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I’ve been at the ballpark for quite a while watching Game 1 between Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio). The Bearcats won 3-1 with centerfielder Ian Happ missing the cycle by a triple. It’s a picture perfect afternoon other than the chilly temperatures. I’m bundled up myself. Mississippi State is wearing maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants. Cincinnati is wearing black hats and grey uniforms.

I’ll have the starting lineups for you once they are made available…

Mississippi State: 0-0

SS – Seth Heck, R/R, Sr.

2B – John Holland, L/R, RJr

LF – Reid Humphrey, R/R, So.

DH – Brent Rooker, R/R, RFr.

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, RSo.

1B – Wes Rea, R/R, RSr.

3B – Matt Spruill, R/R, Jr.

RF – Michael Smith, R/R, Jr.

C – Josh Lovelady, R/R, Jr.

RHP – Preston Smith, RJr.

Cincinnati (1-0)

2B – Kyle Mottice, L/R, Fr., .000

DH – Ian Happ, S/R, Jr., .750, HR, RBI

RF- Ryan Noda, L/L, Fr., SB

1B – Connor McVey, R/R, So., .333

CF – Treg Haberkorn, L/L, Fr.

LF- Devin Wenzel, R/R, Jr. .500, 2 RBI

3B – Jake Richmond, R/R, So., .250

C – Joey Thomas, R/R, Fr.

SS – Manny Rodriguez, R/R, Fr., .250

LHP – Dalton Lehnen, Fr.

TOP 1ST

Former Diamond Dog Hunter Renfroe taking in today’s opening day.

MSU’s Zac Houston and Cincinnatt’s J.J. Carr are having a standoff following the National Anthem.

Brown’s first pitch is a ball.

Houston wins the standoff.

Mottice grounds out to first. He slams into Rea who was standing there waiting to tag him and lowered his shoulder. Rea didn’t like that and got in his face. The two had to be separated. Mottice is 6-0, 184. Rea is 6-5, 285. One out.

Happ struck out swinging, two outs.

Noda struck out on a check swing, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Heck doubled down the third baseline.

Heck takes third on a wild pitch.

Holland with a sacrifice fly in his first at bat to right scoring Heck, RBI, one out.

Humphreys popped out to center, two outs.

Rooker popped out to short, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

McVey ties things up depositing the first pitch in the Left Field Lounge, RBI.

Haberkorn struck out swinging, one out.

Wenzel walked.

Wenzel took second on a wild pitch.

Richmond grounded out to short, Wenzel advanced to third, two outs.

Thomas singled to right scoring Wenzel, RBI. Smith dove for it but the ball bounced out of his glove.

Rodriguez struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 UC

BOTTOM 2ND

Robson reached on a bunt single.

Rea reached on a fielding error by Richmond. Robson advanced to third.

Spruill popped out to second in his first MSU at bat, one out.

Smith doubled to the wall in left-center in his MSU debut scoring Robson, RBI. Rea advanced to third.

Lovelady singled to left in his MSU debut scoring Rea, RBI. Smith advanced to third.

Heck singled to left scoring Smith, RBI. Lovelady advanced to second.

Holland walked to load the bases.

Humphreys struck out looking, two outs.

Rooker struck out swinging, three outs.

3 R, 4 H, 1 E, 3 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 3RD

Cody Brown now in right field for Brown.

Mottice struck out swinging, one out.

Happ grounded out to second, two outs.

Noda singled to left.

McVey struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Robson singled to right. He’s now doubled his hit total from last season.

Rea doubled to the wall in left-center scoring Robson, RBI.

Spruill struck out swinging, one out.

Cody Brown flew out to right, two outs.

Lovelady walked.

RHP Ryan Atkinson in to pitch for UC.

Heck singled to center scoring Rea, RBI. Lovelady advanced to third. Heck took second on a fielding error by Noda.

Holland lined out to short, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 4TH

Haberkorn singled to right.

Wenzel flew out to the warning track in center, one out.

Richmond singled to center, Haberkorn advanced to second.

Thomas grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Humphreys grounded out to short, one out.

Luke Reynolds pinch hitting for Rooker. Reynolds popped out to short in his MSU debut, two outs.

Robson walked.

Robson caught stealing second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 5TH

Rodriguez singled to center.

Mottice singled to right, Rodriguez advanced to second. I wonder what that conversation is like at first base right now.

Happ grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Rodriguez advanced to third, two outs.

Noda struck out looking. That’s Preston Brown’s seventh strikeout which ties a career high, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Rea walked on four pitches.

Spruill tried to bunt Rea to second but he was forced out, one out.

Spruill stole second.

Brown struck out swinging, two outs.

Spruill took third on a wild pitch.

Lovelady fouled out first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 6TH

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch for MSU.

McVey grounded out to short, one out.

Haberkorn struck out looking, two outs.

Wenzel grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Heck singled past Richmond at third. Should’ve been an error. Nevertheless, he’s 4-for-4 today.

Holland struck out swinging. Heck stole second and took third on a throwing error by Thomas, one out.

Humphreys struck out looking for a second time, two outs.

Reynolds flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

Jake Vickerson now in left for Humphreys.

Richmond walked.

Thomas struck out swinging, one out.

Rodriguez struck out looking, two outs.

Mottice grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Robson walks. He’s 2-for-2 with two singles and a pair of walks.

Rea reached on a fielder’s choice. Robson forced out at second, one out.

Matthew Britton pinch hitting for Spruill. Britton grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 8TH

LHP Daniel Brown debuting on the mound for MSU.

Happ grounded out to second, one out.

Noda popped up to short, two outs.

McVey lined out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Cody Brown leads off with a triple to center.

Lovelady grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Heck grounded out to third, two outs.

Holland popped out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 9TH

Jarod Yoakam pinch hitting for Haberkorn. Yoaham struck out swinging, one out.

Wenzel struck out swinging, two outs.

Richmond struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 6, CINCINNATI 2

Hits: MSU 10, UC 7

Errors: MSU 0, UC 3

WP: Preston Brown (1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 7 K, 1 BB

LP: Dalton Lehnen (0-1) 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Seth Heck 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Jacob Robson 2-2, Michael Smith 1-1, 2B, RBI, Cody Brown 1-3, 3B, Wes Rea 1-3, 2B, RBI; UC – Connor McVey 1-4, HR, RBI

Attendance: 7,981

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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