Live from Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I arrived at the ballpark on a very chilly afternoon here in Starkville. I came prepared with a small heater but was told I couldn’t plug it up due to the risk of blowing out the power to the press box. There has already been on game played here this afternoon with Alabama A&M defeating Marshall 8-3 and Jordan Friend hitting two home runs. Mississippi State will wear maroon hats, maroon “MS” jerseys and white pants while the Thundering Herd is clad in green hats and grey and green pinstripe uniforms.

Starting lineups:

Marshall: 2-2

CF – Corey Bird, L/L, So., .316, 7 RBI, 2 SB

SS – Sergio Leon, R/R, Sr., .588, 4 RBI, 4 SB

3B – Andrew Dundon, R/R, Sr., .471, 3 RBI, 2 SB

1B – TJ Diffenderfer, R/R, .368, HR, 4 RBI

DH – Ryne Dean, L/R, Jr., .188

LF – Billy Sager, L/L, So., .400

2B – Josh King, R/R, Sr., .615, HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB

RF – DJ Gee, R/R, Jr., .462, 2 RBI, SB

C – Aaron Bossi, R/R, Jr., 500, RBI

RHP – Matt Margaritonda, Sr. (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 K, 1 BB)

Mississippi State: 4-0

SS – Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .562, 4 RBI, SB

1B – John Holland, L/R, Jr., .286, 5 RBI

LF – Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .353, HR, 5 RBI

DH – Luke Reynolds, L/R, So., .200, 2 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .600, 2 RBI, 2 SB

2B – Ryan Gridley, R/R, Fr., .667, RBI

RF – Jake Vickerson, L/R, Sr., .429, HR, 3 RBI

C – Josh Lovelady, R/R, Jr., .300, 4 RBI

3B – Matthew Britton, L/R, Sr., .000, 2 RBI

RHP – Preston Brown, Jr. (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB)

TOP 1ST

Wes Rea is wearing a boot so I doubt we will see him in this one.

Marshall’s helmets are black with a white stripe down the back.

Brown’s first pitch is fouled off.

Bird singled to right-center.

Bird picked off first, one out.

Leon popped out to short, two outs.

Dundon singled past a diving Holland through the right side.

Diffenderfer struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Heck grounded out to short, one out.

Holland lined out to left, two outs.

Humphries walked.

Reynolds grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Dean grounded out to short, one out.

Sagar struck out swinging, two outs.

King singled to center.

King caught stealing second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS 

BOTTOM 2ND

Robson singled to left.

Gridley grounded out to second, Robson advanced to third, one out.

Vickerson struck out looking, two outs.

Lovelady flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Gee reached on a fielding error by Britton.

Gee stole second.

Bossi doubled off the wall in left scoring Gee, RBI.

Bird grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Leon singled through the left side scoring Bossi, RBI.

Leon stole second.

Dundon walked.

Diffenderfer struck out swinging for a second straight time, two outs.

Dean grounded out to second. Gridley with a strong play diving into the hole and likely saving another run, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 2 LON

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 3RD

Britton with a one-hopper to the pitcher, one out.

Heck struck out swinging, two outs.

Holland struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MU

TOP 4TH

Sager struck out swinging, one out.

King struck out swinging, two outs.

Gee grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 4TH

Robert Fajardo now in right, Gee moved to left for Marshall.

Humphreys doubled to center.

Reynolds flew out to left, one out.

Robson popped out to left, two outs.

Gridley walked.

Vickerson popped out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-0 MU

TOP 5TH

Bossi reached on a bunt single.

Bird tried to bunt Bossi to second but Lovelady is able to get the force out at second, one out.

Bird caught stealing second, two outs.

Leon grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MU

BOTTOM 5TH

Lovelady flew out to center, one out.

Britton grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Heck hit by pitch in the back of the head.

Holland burns the left fielder with a double scoring Heck, RBI.

Humphreys walked.

Reynolds struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-1 MU

TOP 6TH

Dundon struck out swinging, one out.

Diffenderfer reached on a throwing error by Britton.

Dean walked, Diffenderfer advanced to second.

Both runners move into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Fajardo struck out swinging, two outs.

King struck out swinging. That’s now a career-high eight punch outs for Brown, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

2-1 MU

BOTTOM 6TH

Robson reached on a bunt single.

Robson stole second.

Gridley doubled down the first baseline scoring Robson, RBI.

LHP Caleb Ross in to pitch for MU.

Gridley took third on a wild pitch.

Brent Rooker pinch hitting for Vickerson inheriting a 1-0 count. Rooker singled to left scoring Gridley, RBI.

Cody Brown pinch running for Rooker.

Lovelady bunted Brown to second.

Matt Spruill pinch hitting for Britton. Spruill reached on what was ruled an infield single. Leon double pumped at short. Brown advanced to third.

RHP Kolin Stanley in to pitch for MU.

Heck lined out to second, two outs.

Spruill took second on a wild pitch.

Holland walked, Brown and Spruill score on a passed ball.

Humphreys lined out to the warning track in left, three outs.

4 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

LHP Ross Mitchell in to pitch for MSU.

Gee struck out swinging, one out.

Bossi grounded out to short, two outs.

Bird lined out to the pitcher.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-2 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

LHP Sam Hunter in to pitch for MU.

Reynolds failed on a bunt for hit attempt, one out.

Robson reached on a infield single to short.

RHP Keanu Ramos in to pitch for MU. He’s the younger brother of Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos.

Robson stole second and took third on a throwing error by Bossi. That’s now a single-game career-high three stolen bases.

Gridley with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Robson, RBI, two outs.

Brown reached on an infield single to first.

Brown goes first to third on a throwing error by Ramos.

Lovelady grounded out to third, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 8TH

Leon reached on a throwing error by Spruill.

Dundon lined out to second, one out.

Diffenderfer reached on a fielder’s choice, Leon forced out at second, two outs.

Spencer Iacovone pinch hitting for Dean. Iacovone grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

6-2 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Spruill popped out to second, one out.

Heck singled up the middle.

Heck took second on a wild pitch.

Holland grounded out to second, Heck advanced to third, two outs.

Humphreys walked.

Reynolds walked to load the bases.

Robson struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

6-2 MSU

TOP 9TH

Trent  Waddell in at first for MSU.

Fajardo reached on an infield single to second.

King singled through the left side, Fajardo advanced to second.

Gee grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, two outs.

Bossi grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: No. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 6, MARSHALL 2

Hits: MSU 10, MU 8

Errors: MSU 3, MU 2

WP: Preston Brown (2-0) 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB

LP: Matt Margaritonda (0-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 K, 3 BB

S: Ross Mitchell (1) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Jacob Robson 3-5, Ryan Gridley 1-2, 2B, RBI, Reid Humphreys 1-2, 2B, John Holland 1-4, 2B, RBI; MU – Aaron Bossi 2-4, 2B, RBI, Josh King 2-4

Attendance: 6,180

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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