Live from Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

Dudy Noble Field

I’ve arrived in the press box for what will likely be a long day of baseball. It’s overcast and everything is still wet from the rain yesterday. Game 1 will begin at 1 p.m. with the second game to follow 35 minutes after the conclusion of the first. It’s the conference opener for both Mississippi State and Alabama and can be streamed on SEC Network +. The Bulldogs are wearing their Phillies themed uniforms while Alabama is wearing red hats and grey uniforms.

Starting lineups:

Alabama: 9-6

3B- Chandler Avant, R/R, Fr., .212, 3 RBI, SB

CF- Georgie Salem, L/R, Jr., .245, 3 RBI, 9 SB

SS- Mikey White, R/R, Jr., .370, HR, 12 RBI, SB

RF- Casey Hughston, L/R, So., .500, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 7 SB

2B- Kyle Overstreet, R/R, Jr., .288, 16 RBI

DH- J.C. Wilhite, R/R, Sr., .273, HR, 5 RBI

1B- Chance Vincent, R/R, 216, HR, 8 RBI, SB

C- Will Haynie, R/R, So., .108, 2 RBI

LF- Riley Coburn, L/R, Jr., .385, 4 RBI, SB

LHP – Taylor Guilbeau, Sr. (2-1) 2.67 ERA, 28 K, 8 BB

Mississippi State: 15-4

SS- Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .384, 9 RBI, SB

RF- Cody Brown, L/R, So., .372, 7 RBI, SB

1B- Wes Rea, R/R, Sr., .342, HR, 11 RBI

3B- Matt Spruill, R/R, Jr., .312, 8 RBI, 2 SB

DH- Brent Rooker, R/R, Fr., .250, 2 HR, 11 RBI

LF- Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .214, 2 HR, 9 RBI

C- Josh Lovelady, R/R, Jr., .275, 8 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .396, 5 RBI, 11 SB

2B- Ryan Gridley, R/R, Fr., .339, HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB

RHP- Preston Brown, Jr. (3-1) 1.93 ERA, 27 K, 9 BB

TOP 1ST

Preston Brown’s first pitch is a ball.

His second is singled through the left side by Avant.

And the rain starts to fall at Dudy Noble.

Salem reached on a fielder’s choice, Avant forced out at second. Would’ve been a double play but Gridley overthrew Rea and Salem was awarded second, one out.

White grounded out to third, two outs.

Hughston grounded out to short. Fine play there by Heck, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Heck grounded out to short. Robbed of a single by White, one out.

Cody Brown struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Rea walked.

Spruill struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Overstreet struck out looking, one out.

Wilhite grounded out to second, two outs.

Vincent grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Rooker walked.

Humphreys lined out to second and Rooker was almost doubled off first, one out.

Lovelady struck out swinging, two outs.

Robson walked, Rooker advanced to second.

Gridley hit a one-hopper to the pitcher, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Haynie grounded out to short. Nice scoop by Rea at first, one out.

Colburn grounded out to second, two outs.

Avant struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Heck grounded out to first, one out.

Cody Brown grounded out to second, two outs.

Rea draws a walk on a 3-2 pitch.

Spruill walked, Rea advanced to second. That’s now five walks and no hits for State.

Rooker grounded to third, Rea forced out at third, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 4TH

Salem grounded out to the pitcher, one out.

White singled to left. That breaks up a string of 10 straight retired by Preston Brown.

White took second on a wild pitch.

Hughston walked.

Overstreet struck out swinging, two outs.

Wilhite singled through the left side scoring White, RBI. Hughston advanced to second.

Vincent singled to left scoring Hughston, RBI. Wilhite advanced to second.

Haynie walked to load the bases.

Colburn grounded out to first, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

2-0 UA

BOTTOM 4TH

Humphreys singled through the left side for State’s first hit of the afternoon.

Lovelady bunted Humphreys to second and reached on a fielding error by Haynie.

Robson bunted both runners into scoring position, one out.

Gridley grounded out to short, Humphreys scored, RBI. Lovelady advanced to third, two outs.

Heck grounded out to the pitcher. Good stab there by Guilbeau to save a run, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

2-1 UA

TOP 5TH

Avant hit by pitch.

Salem bunted Avant to second, one out.

White walked.

Hughston walked to load the bases.

Overstreet grounded into a U-5-3 double play. Fantastic play by Spruill, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

2-1 UA

BOTTOM 5TH

Cody Brown grounded out to first, one out.

Rea walked for the third time.

Spruill reached on a bunt single extending his hit streak to nine games. Rea advanced to second.

Rooker reached on a fielder’s choice. Rea forced out at third, Spruill advanced to second, two outs.

Humphreys walked to load the bases.

RHP Ray Castillo in to pitch for UA.

Right tackle Justin Senior is working as a vendor selling cotton candy and popcorn today.

Lovelady draws a full count walk forcing in Spruill, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Robson grounded to short, Lovelady forced out at second, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

2-2

TOP 6TH

John Holland in to play second for MSU.

Wilhite struck out on a check swing, one out.

Vincent grounded out to second. Great diving stop by Holland, two outs.

Haynie struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-2

BOTTOM 6TH

Holland lined out to left, one out.

Heck reached on an infield single to short.

Cody Brown walked, Heck advanced to second.

Castillo chunks a pickoff attempt into center allowing both runners to move into scoring position.

Rea doubled to the wall in left-center plating Brown and Heck, 2 RBI.

Spruill struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Jake Vickerson pinch hitting for Rooker. Vickerson struck out swinging, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

4-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

Preston Brown back out even with 118 pitches.

Colburn singled to center.

LHP Ross Mitchell in to pitch for MSU.

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

Salem grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

4-2 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

LHP Alex Watkins in to pitch for UA.

Humphreys singled through the left side. He’s gotten two of State’s five hits today.

Michael Smith pinch running for Humphreys.

Lovelady bunted Smith to second, one out.

Holland reached on an infield single to second. ¬†Umpire Keith Sanders got in Overstreet’s way, bases loaded.

RHP Jake Hubbard in to pitch for UA.

Heck fouled out to the catcher, two outs.

Cody Brown walked forcing in Smith, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Rea flew out to right, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

5-2 MSU

TOP 8TH

Smith moves to right, Cody Brown moves to left for MSU.

White reached on an infield single to second.

Hughston walked, White advanced to second.

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

Wilhite singled through the right side, White scored, RBI.

Vincent hit by pitch, Wilhite advanced to second.

RHP Trevor Fitts in to pitch for MSU.

Both runners advanced into scoring position on a passed ball.

Haynie with a bloop single to left scoring Wilhite and Vincent to tie the game, 2 RBI.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Colburn walked, Haynie advanced to second.

Avant hit by pitch to load the bases.

Salem singled up the middle scoring Haynie and Colburn, 2 RBI. Avant advanced to second.

White with a three-run homer to left.

Hughston singled to right.

Overstreet walked, Hughston advanced to second.

Wilhite struck out swinging, three outs.

8 R, 6 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

10-5 UA

BOTTOM 8TH

Spruill singled up the middle.

LHP Thomas Burrows in to pitch for UA.

Vickerson popped out to left, one out.

Smith fouled out to the catcher, two outs.

Lovelady struck out looking, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

10-5 UA

TOP 9TH

Vincent fouled out to first, one out.

Haynie struck out looking, two outs.

Colburn lined out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

10-5 UA

BOTTOM 9TH

Robson reached on an infield single to second.

Holland lined into a double play at first, two outs.

Heck walked.

Heck stole second.

Cody Brown flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: ALABAMA 10, NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE 5

Hits: UA 11, MSU 8

Errors: UA 2, MSU 1

WP: Jake Hubbard (2-1) 0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB

LP: Trevor Fitts (1-2) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB

Leading Hitters: UA – Mikey White 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, J.C. Wilhite 2-5, 2 RBI; MSU – Reid Humphreys 2-3, Matt Spruill 2-4, Wes Rea 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI

Game 2 will start at 5:40 p.m.

Starting lineups:

Alabama: 10-6, 1-0

3B- Chandler Avant, R/R, Fr., .218, 3 RBI, SB

CF- Georgie Salem, L/R, Jr., .245, 5 RBI, 9 SB

SS- Mikey White, R/R, Jr., .397, 2 HR, 15 RBI, SB

RF- Casey Hughston, L/R, So., .500, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 7 SB

2B- Kyle Overstreet, R/R, Jr., .270, 16 RBI

DH- J.C. Wilhite, R/R, Sr., .286, HR, 7 RBI

1B- Chance Vincent, R/R, 218, HR, 9 RBI, SB

C- Will Haynie, R/R, So., .122, 4 RBI

LF- Riley Coburn, L/R, Jr., .353, 4 RBI, SB

RHP- Will Carter, Jr. (1-1) 4.35 ERA, 13 K, 10 BB

Mississippi State: 15-5, 0-1

SS- Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .372, 9 RBI, 2 SB

RF- Cody Brown, L/R, So., .340, 8 RBI, SB

1B- Wes Rea, R/R, Sr., .350, HR, 13 RBI

2B- John Holland, L/R, Jr., .260, 10 RBI, SB

DH- Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .214, 2 HR, 9 RBI

3B- Matt Spruill, R/R, Jr., .333, 8 RBI, 2 SB

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .400, 5 RBI, 11 SB

C- Josh Lovelady, R/R, Jr., .262, 9 RBI

LF- Jake Vickerson, L/R, Sr., .342, HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Austin Sexton, So. (2-0) 2.61 ERA, 25 K, 6 BB

TOP 1ST

Sexton’s first pitch is a ball.

Avant singled to left.

Salem struck out swinging, one out.

Avant stole second.

White struck out swinging, two outs.

Hughston struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Heck flew out to center, one out.

Cody Brown doubled off the base of the wall in right.

Rea struck out looking and has a few words for home plate ump David Savage, two outs.

Holland grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 2ND

Overstreet doubled down the left field line.

Wilhite grounded out to second. Nice job by Holland to make the play while the umpire was in the way. Overstreet advanced to third, one out.

Vincent hit by pitch.

Haynie struck out swinging, two outs.

Lovelady shaken up but will stay in the game.

Vincent stole second.

Colburn struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 2ND

Humphreys grounded out to third, one out.

Spruill walked.

Robson struck out looking, two outs.

Lovelady grounded to second, Spruill forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

TOP 3RD

Avant grounded out to short, one out.

Salem struck out swinging, two outs.

White walked.

Hughston grounded to second, White forced out at second. Fine play by Holland, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 3RD

Vickerson reached on a bunt single.

Vickerson stole second.

Heck walked.

Cody Brown doubled down the first baseline scoring Vickerson, RBI. Heck advanced to third. Brown faked the bunt then slapped it down the line.

Rea struck out swinging, one out.

Holland with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Heck, RBI. Nifty slide by Heck. Brown tagged up to third, two outs.

Humphreys lined out to third, three outs.

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Overstreet flew out to center, one out.

Wilhite grounded out to third, two outs.

Vincent grounded out to third. Great scoop by Rea, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

Spruill flew out to right, one out.

Robson reached on an infield single to second.

Robson stole second.

Lovelady walked

Vickerson singled to left-center scoring Robson, RBI. Lovelady advanced to second.

Heck struck out swinging, two outs.

Cody Brown walked to load the bases.

Rea grounded out to the pitcher, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 5TH

Haynie grounded out to third, one out.

Colburn singled to center.

Avant flew out to center and Colburn was doubled off first, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-0 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Holland flew out to center, one out.

Humphreys walked.

Humphreys picked off first, two outs.

Spruill walked.

Robson grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-0 MSU

TOP 6TH

Salem popped out to short, one out.

White flew out to the warning track in left, two outs.

Hughston with a line drive solo homer to right, RBI.

Overstreet grounded to third, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Lovelady struck out swinging, one out.

Vickerson reached on a bunt single. He’s now 3-for-3.

Heck hit by pitch, Vickerson advanced to second.

RHP Jake Walters in to pitch for UA.

Cody Brown bunted both runners into scoring position, two outs.

Rea walked to load the bases.

Holland grounded to short, Rea forced out at second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

3-1 MSU

TOP 7TH

Wilhite singled past a diving Heck.

Vincent reached on a fielder’s choice. Wilhite forced out at second. Heck fumbled the exchange and Mitch Gaspard is out to argue, one out.

Haynie struck out swinging, two outs.

Colburn lined out to second, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

3-1 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Humphreys singled to center.

Michael Smith pinch running for Humphreys.

Spruill bunts Smith to second and all runners are safe on a throwing error by Walters.

Robson reached on a bunt single to load the bases.

RHP Jay Shaw in to pitch for UA.

Lovelady hit by pitch forcing in Smith, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Vickerson struck out swinging, one out.

Heck struck out looking, two outs.

Cody Brown grounded out to second, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 3 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 8TH

Avant grounded out to short, one out.

Salem singled up the middle.

White singled through the left side, Salem advanced to second.

Hughston lined out to center, two outs.

Overstreet lined out to short, three outs.

0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

4-1 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Rea grounded out to second, one out.

Holland lined out to left, two outs.

Smith walked and had a nice bat flip as well.

Smith took second on a wild pitch.

Spruill grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

4-1 MSU

TOP 9TH

Wilhite popped out to second, one out.

Vincent grounded out to third, two outs.

Cody Henry pinch hitting for Haynie. Henry singled to left.

Colburn lined out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

FINAL: NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, ALABAMA 1

Hits: MSU 8, UA 8

Errors: MSU 0, UA 1

WP: Austin Sexton (3-0) 9 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 7 K, 1 BB

LP: Will Carter (1-2) 5.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 5 K, 6 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – Jake Vickerson 3-4, RBI, Cody Brown 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, Jacob Robson 2-4; UA – Casey Hughston 1-4, HR, RBI, Kyle Overstreet 1-4, 2B

Attendance: 8,634

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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