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It’s a cold a dreary day here at Dudy Noble Field. Alabama A&M defeated Marshall 8-1 in Game 1 today. Mississippi State will resume its game with the Thundering Herd 3-1 with no outs in the bottom of the 5th. I  was at basketball when the first part of the game is played yesterday so  I will just pick up my coverage when today’s game starts at 1:50 p.m. MSU will play Alabama A&M when that game is over.

State is wearing cream hats and cream uniforms for this one. Marshall is wearing camo hats with green bills, green jerseys and grey pants.

First time I’ve seen Paul Young dressed out for a game in two years.

BOTTOM 5TH

RHP Fernando Guerrero will start today’s resumed game for MU.

The official rain delay time was 20 hours, 42 minutes.

Centerfielder Jacob Robson flew out to left, one out.

Second baseman Ryan Gridley walked.

Right fielder Cody Brown walked, Gridley advanced to second.

Catcher Cody Brown was hit by pitch but home plate ump Morris Hodges said he didn’t make an attempt to get out of the way. Brown fouled out to first, two outs.

Third baseman Matt Spruill singled up the middle scoring Gridley, RBI. Brown advanced to second.

Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Shortstop Seth Heck walked to load the bases. Heck walked to load the bases.

First baseman John Holland walked to force in Brown, RBI. Bases still loaded.

State has now batted around.

Left fielder Reid Humphreys flew out to center, three outs.

4 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

5-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

RHP Zac Houston in to pitch for  MSU.

First baseman TJ Diffenderfer struck out swinging, one out.

Designated hitter Ryne Dean popped out to short, two outs.

Catcher Tyler Ratliff walked.

Second baseman Josh King walked, Ratliff advanced to second.

Left fielder  DJ Gee walked to load the bases.

Right fielder Robert Fajardo singled up the middle scoring Ratliff and King, 2 RBI. Gee advanced to second.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Centerfielder Corey Bird struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-3 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Designated hitter Brent Rooker struck out swinging, one out.

Robson grounded out to short, two outs.

Gridley grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-3 MSU

TOP 7TH

Shortstop Sergio Leon struck out swinging, one out.

Third basmean Andrew Dundon grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Diffenderfer doubled down the third baseline.

Spencer Iacovone pinch hitting for Dean. Iacovone struck out swinging but reached on a passed ball. Diffenderfer took third.

Ratliff flew out to left, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-3 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Brown walked.

RHP Kolin Stanley in to pitch for MU.

Jake  Vickerson pinch hitting for Cody Walker. Vickerson reached on bunt single, Brown advanced to second.

Spruill struck out swinging, one out.

Heck walked to load the bases.

Holland popped out to second, two outs.

Humphreys struck out looking. That’s the hat trick for him, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

5-3 MSU

TOP 8TH

Josh Lovelady at catcher, Trent Waddell at first and Matthew Britton at third and Vickerson stays in to play left for MSU.

King singled to left.

King caught in a run down trying to steal second, one out.

Gee hit by pitch.

Fajardo reached on an infield single to first, Gee advanced to second.

Fajardo gets in a run down and Gee scores all the way from second. Fajardo is finally tagged out in the pickle, one out.

Bird singled to center.

RHP Trevor Fitts in to pitch.

Leon reached on an infield single to short, Bird advanced to second.

Dundon lined out to right, three outs.

1 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

5-4 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Rooker lined out to left, one out.

Robson reached on an infield single second. Should’ve been an error on King for falling down.

Daryl Norris is at today’s game.

Gridley reached on an infield single to the pitcher as he fell down too. Robson advanced to second.

LHP Sam Hunter in to pitch for MU.

Wes Rea hitting for Brown. Rea flew out to right, Robson tagged up to third, one out.

Vickerson reached on a bunt single, Robson scored, RBI. Gridley advanced to second.

Britton singled to left scoring Gridley, RBI. Vickerson advanced to second but was caught in a run down for the third out.

2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

7-4 MSU

TOP 9TH

Diffenderfer grounded out to short, one out.

Chad Roberts pinch hitting for Iacovone. Roberts grounded out to first, two outs.

Austin Norman pinch hittng for Ratliff. Norman grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, MARSHALL 4

Hits: MSU 11, MU 10

Errors: MSU 2, MU 1

WP: Lucas Laster (1-0) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB

LP: Caleb Ross (0-2) 0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB

S: Trevor Fitts (2) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Jake  Vickerson 2-2, RBI, Brent Rooker 1-5, HR, 2 RBI, Cody Brown 1-2, 2B, RBI, Cody Walker 1-2, 2B; MU – Robert Fajardo 3-4, 2 RBI, Corey Bird 2-5, DJ Gee 1-2, HR, RBI, TJ Diffenderfer 1-4, 2B

Attendance: 6,479

Game 2 will begin around 4:25 p.m.

Brett Pirtle and Daryl  Norris throwing out the first pitch.

Starting lineups:

Alabama A&M: 3-4

CF- Brandyn Crutcher, R/R, Fr., .346, 6 RBI

LF- Ben Lott, R/R, Jr., .400, 4  RBI

DH- Austin Hulsey, L/R, Jr., .321, 2 RBI

RF – Andrew Utterback, R/R, Sr., .208, 4 RBI

2B- Julio Nunez, R/R, Sr., .320, 3 HR, 6 RBI

1B- Allen Smith, R/R, Sr., .000

SS- Jordan Friend, R/R, Sr., .190, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SB

C- Caleb Waddell, R/R, Sr., .000

3B- Trea Nelson, R/R, Jr., .308, 2 RBI

RHP – Ryan Ahrens, Sr. (1-0) 7.71 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB

Mississippi State: 7-0

SS – Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .542, 4 RBI, SB

RF- Cody Brown,  L/R, So., .333, 3 RBI

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .296, HR, 6 RBI

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, Fr., .400, 2 HR, 9 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .619, 3 RBI, 5 SB

2B- Ryan Gridley, R/R, Fr., .571, HR, 7 RBI

1B- John Holland, L/R, Jr., .208, 7 RBI

C- Josh Lovelady, R/R, Jr., .250, 5 RBI

3B – Matthew Britton, L/R, Sr., .111, 3 RBI

LHP – Vance Tatum, So. (1-0) 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 0 BB

TOP 1ST

Tatum’s first pitch is a ball.

Crutcher awarded first on a catcher’s interference.

Lott bunted Crutcher to second, one out.

Hulsey struck out swinging, two outs.

Utterback walked.

Nunez flew out to left. Humphreys saved two runs crashing into the wall, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Heck walked.

Heck took two bases on a throwing error by Ahrens.

Brown singled to center scoring Heck, RBI.

Humphreys grounded out to second, Brown advanced to second, one out.

Rooker struck out looking on a nice curveball, two outs.

Robson grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Smith singled to left.

Friend struck out looking, one out.

Waddell singled to left, Smith advanced to second.

Nelson grounded out to the catcher. Both runners advanced into scoring position, two outs.

Smith scored on a wild pitch and Waddell moved to third. John Cohen came out to argue because Smith plowed into Tatum at the plate.

Crutcher grounded out to short, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 2ND

Gridley grounded out to short, one out.

Holland walked.

Lovelady lined into a 9-3 double play on a hit and run, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

TOP 3RD

Lott walked.

Hulsey struck out looking, one out.

Utterback lined into a 4-3 double play, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 3RD

Britton reached on a throwing error by Nunez.

Britton stole second.

Heck struck out swinging, one out.

Brown walked.

Humphreys reached on a fielder’s choice. Britton actually beat the throw to third but third base ump Terrence Mobley was out of position and blew the call. Cohen out to let him know that. Brown advanced to second, two outs.

Rooker struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

1-1

TOP 4TH

Nunez struck out swinging, one out.

Smith grounded out to the pitcher, two outs.

Friend struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 4TH

Robson’s bunt for a hit attempt failed, one out.

Gridley grounded out to the catcher, two outs.

Holland singled to center.

Lovelady flew out to right, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

TOP 5TH

Waddell struck out looking, one out.

Nelson grounded out to short, two outs.

Crutcher struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 5TH

Britton fouled out to left, one out.

Heck singled to left.

Brown flew out to right, two outs.

Heck took second on a passed ball.

Humphreys struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

TOP 6TH

Lott walked.

Hulsey bunted Lott to second, one out.

Utterback struck out swinging, two outs.

Nunez struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 6TH

Luke Reynolds pinch hitting for Rooker. Reynolds grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

Robson grounded out to second, two outs.

Gridley walked.

Gridley stole second.

Holland struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

TOP 7TH

LHP Ross Mitchell in to pitch for MSU.

Three straight 80 MPH fastballs from Mitchell.

Smith singled to center.

Ty Russell pinch running for Smith.

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

Waddell struck out looking, three outs

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 7TH

RHP Devin Smith in to pitch for Alabama A&M.

Lovelady hit by pitch.

Dustin Dhanani in at catcher for Alabama A&M.

Britton tried a sacrifice bunt but Lovelady is forced out at second, one out.

Heck hit in the noggin, Britton advanced to second.

Britton caught stealing third, two outs.

Brown fouled out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-1

TOP 8TH

Nelson grounded out to second, one out.

Crutcher grounded out to third, two outs.

Lott grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

1-1

BOTTOM 8TH

Utterback moves to the mound, Patrick Dodson now in left, Lott moves to right.

Humphreys struck out swinging, one out.

Reynolds grounded out to second, two outs.

Robson walked.

Robson stole second.

Gridley singled to right scoring Robson, RBI.

Gridley stole second.

Holland grounded out to second, three outs.

1 H, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Trent Waddell in at first, Jake Vickerson in left for MSU

Dodson grounded out to second, one out.

Utterback reached on a throwing error by Britton.

Nunez singled to left, Utterback advanced to second.

RHP Trevor Fitts in to pitch.

Dylan Payne pinch hitting for Russell

Fitts’ first pitch goes to the backstop and both runners advance into scoring position.

Payne walked on four pitches.

Friend struck out swinging on a 3-2 count, two outs.

Dhanani grounded to third, Nunez forced out at third, three outs.

FINAL: NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, ALABAMA A&M 1

Hits: MSU 4, A&M 4

Errors: MSU 2, A&M 2

WP: Ross Mitchell (2-0) 2.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB

LP: Andrew Utterback (0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB

S: Trevor Fitts (3) 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB

Leading hitters: A&M – Allen Smith 2-3

Attendance: 6,108

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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