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I wrapped up my coverage from spring football just in time for baseball to get underway on a rare Thursday night appearance. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPNU. Mississippi State is wearing maroon hats and white “MS” jerseys while South Carolina is clad in black hats and grey uniforms.

Starting lineups:

South Carolina: 20-9, 5-4 SEC

CF- Gene Cone, L/L, So., .305, HR, 6 RBI, 5 SB

SS- Jordan Gore, S/R, So., .293, 13 RBI, 2 SB

2B- Max Schrock, L/R, Jr., .248, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 5 SB

1B- Kyle Martin, L/L, Sr., .377, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 6 SB

LF- Elliott Caldwell, R/R, Sr., .365, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 7 SB

C- Hunter Taylor, R/R, Fr., .250, HR, 5 RBI, SB

3B- DC Arendas, L/R, Jr., .211, 2 RBI, 2 SB

DH- Madison Stokes, R/R, Fr., .167, 6 RBI

RF- Connor Bright, R/R, Sr., .176, 3 HR, 14 RBI, SB

RHP- Wil Crowe, So. (3-2) 2.84 ERA, 54 K, 14 BB

Mississippi State: 19-12, 3-6 SEC

LF- Cody Brown, L/R, So., .326, 12 RBI, 3 SB

RF- Jake Vickerson, L/R, Sr., .328, HR, 11 RBI, 5 SB

C- Gavin Collins, R/R, So., .237, 3 RBI, SB

DH- Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .265, 5 HR, 18 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .378, HR, 7 RBI, 15 SB

1B- Wes Rea, R/R, Sr., .274, 2 HR, 19 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, Fr., .282, HR, 15 RBI, 3 SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Jr., .253, HR, 13 RBI, SB

3B- Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .303, 10 RBI, 3 SB

LHP- Lucas Laster, Sr. (3-1) 2.65 ERA, 28 K, 6 BB

TOP 1ST

Laster’s first pitch is a strike.

Cone lined out to right, one out.

Football players Braxton Hoyett, Elijah Staley and Brandon Bryant are at tonight’s game.

Gore singled to center.

Schrock popped out to right and Gore was nearly doubled off first, two outs.

Martin grounded into the shift on the right side, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

SCORELESS

BOTTOM 1ST

Brown swings at the first pitch and hits one that Cone drops. Brown ends up at second.

Vickerson doubled down the first baseline scoring Brown, RBI.

Collins struck out swinging and it looked ugly, one out.

Humphreys walked.

Robson grounded to second and Humphreys was forced out at second. Robson beat the potential inning-ending double play out at first and the ball got away at first allowing Vickerson to score. Robson took second on what was ruled a throwing error by Gore, two outs.

Rea flew out to center, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 2 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 2ND

Caldwell grounded out to second, one out.

Taylor grounded out to short, two outs.

Arendas one hops the wall in right for a double.

John ┬áCohen and the trainer out to check on Laster. According to MSU’s SID, it was an issue with his contact lens.

Stokes grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 2ND

Gridley popped out to second, one out.

Holland doubled to right.

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

Brown lined out to center, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

TOP 3RD

Bright grounded out to third, one out.

Cone reached on an infield single to second. Heck of an effort by Holland but the throw was just a bit late.

Gore bunted Cone to second, two outs.

Schrock grounded out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

2-0 MSU

BOTTOM 3RD

Vickerson doubled to right. It’s his first career two double game.

Collins bunted Vickerson to third, one out.

Humphreys walked and Vickerson scored on a wild pitch.

Robson singled through the left side, Humphreys advanced to second.

Rea hit by pitch to load the bases.

Gridley reached on an infield single to third, Humphreys scored,  RBI. Bases still loaded.

Holland doubled into the left field corner clearing the bases, 3 RBI.

Heck struck out swinging, Holland took third on the throw to first, two outs.

Brown singled through the right side scoring Holland, RBI.

RHP Brandon Murray in to pitch for USC.

Brown took second on a passed ball.

Vickerson was just inches away from his third double of the day. Vickerson struck out looking, three outs.

6 R, 5 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

8-0 MSU

TOP 4TH

Martin doubled in the right-center gap.

Caldwell struck out swinging, one out.

Taylor struck out swinging, two outs.

Martin took third on a pitch to the backstop.

Arendas walked and Martin scored on a wild pitch.

Stokes grounded out to third, three outs.

1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

8-1 MSU

BOTTOM 4TH

RHP Matthew Vogel in to pitch for USC.

Collins flew out to right, one out.

Humphreys grounded out to short, two outs.

Robson’s bunt for a hit attempt failed, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

8-1 MSU

TOP 5TH

Bright grounded out to third, one out.

Cone grounded to second, two outs.

South Carolina’s bats have a totally different sound than State’s adidas bats.

Gore grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

8-1 MSU

BOTTOM 5TH

Rea popped out to center, one out.

Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales here tonight as well.

Gridley popped out to second, two outs.

Holland struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

8-1 MSU

TOP 6TH

Schrock singled through the left side.

Martin popped out to first, one out.

Caldwell singled to right, Schrock advanced to third.

Taylor struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Arendas doubled to left-center scoring Schrock, RBI. Caldwell advanced to third. Brown shaken up in left but stays in.

Stokes struck out swinging, three outs.

1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

8-2 MSU

BOTTOM 6TH

Heck walked.

Heck stole second.

Brown walked.

LHP Josh Reagan in to pitch for USC.

Vickerson walked to load the bases.

Collins with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Heck, RBI. Brown and Vickerson tagged up as well, one out.

RHP Preston Johnson in to pitch for USC.

Humphreys with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Brown, RBI. Vickerson tagged up to third, two outs.

Robson grounded out to short, three outs.

2 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

10-2 MSU

TOP 7TH

Bright struck out looking, one out.

Cone flew out to center, two outs.

Defensive end Torrey Dale is here as well.

Gore struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

10-2 MSU

BOTTOM 7TH

Rea walked.

Rea took second on a wild pitch.

Gridley singled to right and took second on the throw in. Rea scored on a throwing error by Martin.

Holland singled through the left side scoring Gridley, RBI. That’s now a career-high four RBI for Holland.

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

Brown singled to right.

Vickerson hit by pitch, Brown advanced to second.

Tomorrow’s game has been moved to 3 p.m.

Collins grounded out to short, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

12-2 MSU

TOP 8TH

Schrock fouled out to third, one out.

Martin struck out swinging, two outs.

Caldwell reached on an infield single to third.

Taylor lined out to third, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

12-2 MSU

BOTTOM 8TH

Logan Koch now catching for USC.

Humphreys flew out to left, one out.

Robson doubled to left.

Rea lined out to center, Robson advanced to third, two outs.

Gridley singled up the middle, Robson scored, RBI.

Holland flew out to left. Great diving catch by Caldwell, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

13-2 MSU

TOP 9TH

Arendas struck out looking, one out.

Stokes grounded out to short, two outs.

Bright gets a home run robbed in left by Brown, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 13, SOUTH CAROLINA 2

Hits: MSU 12, USC 8

Errors: MSU 0, USC 3

WP: Lucas Laster (4-1) 9 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 8 K, 1 BB

LP: Wil Crowe (3-3) 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB

Leading hitters: MSU – John Holland 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, Ryan Gridley 3-5, 2 RBI, Jake Vickerson 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, Cody Brown 2-4, RBI, Robson 2-5, 2B; USC – DC Arendas 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, Elliott Caldwell 2-4, Kyle Martin 1-4, 2B

Attendance: 7,014

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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