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Mississippi State is going for the series sweep against No. 21 South Carolina today. The Bulldogs are debuting yet another new uniform combination. This time they are wearing maroon hats, maroon camo uniforms and white pants. The Gamecocks are clad in black hats and grey uniforms. It’s a beautiful afternoon here at the ballpark but a pretty slim crowd on Easter weekend.

STARTING LINEUPS

South Carolina: 20-11, 5-6 SEC

CF- Gene Cone, L/L, So., .289, HR, 6 RBI, 5 SB

2B- Max Schrock, L/R, Jr., .257, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 5 SB

1B- Kyle Martin, L/L, Sr., .381, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 6 SB

LF- Elliott Caldwell, R/R, Sr., .375, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 7 SB

RF- Connor Bright, R/R, Sr., .167, 3 HR, 14 RBI, SB

DH- Madison Stokes, R/R, Fr., .147, 6 RBI

3B- DC Arendas, L/R, Jr., .234, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB

C- Logan Koch, S/R, So., .196, HR, 6 RBI, SB

SS- Marcus Mooney, R/R, Jr., .161, 3 RBI, 2 SB

RHP- Clarke Schmidt, Fr. (2-0) 3.14 ERA, 30 K, 11 BB

Mississippi State: 21-12, 5-6 SEC

LF- Cody Brown, L/R, So., .340, 14 RBI, 3 SB

RF- Jake Vickerson, L/R, Sr., .368, HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB

C- Gavin Collins, R/R, So., .267, 4 RBI, SB

DH- Reid Humphreys, R/R, So., .260, 5 HR, 21 RBI

CF- Jacob Robson, L/R, So., .364, HR, 7 RBI, 15 SB

1B- Wes Rea, R/R, Sr., .287, 2 HR, 19 RBI

SS- Ryan Gridley, R/R, Fr., .284, HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB

2B- John Holland, L/R, Jr., .278, HR, 17 RBI, SB

3B- Seth Heck, R/R, Sr., .304, 10 RBI, 4 SB

LHP- Vance Tatum, So. (3-0) 3.12 ERA, 36 K, 13 BB

TOP 1ST

Gridley is wearing No. 6 today.

Tatum’s first pitch is a strike.

Cone singled up the middle.

Schrock singled to right, Cone advanced to second.

Martin walked to load the bases.

Caldwell hits a 3-2 pitch for a sacrifice fly to left scoring Cone, RBI, one out.

Bright flies into your usual 9-6-4 double play, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

1-0 USC

BOTTOM 1ST

Brown singled up the middle.

Vickerson doubled to the wall in right, Brown advanced to third.

Collins grounded out to short, Brown scored, RBI. Vickerson advanced to third, one out.

Humphreys walked.

Robson walked to load the bases.

Rea hit by pitch to force in Vickerson, RBI. Bases still loaded.

RHP Brandon Murray in to pitch for USC.

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

2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

2-1 MSU

TOP 2ND

Stokes singled to left.

Arendas struck out swinging, one out.

Koch doubled past a diving Robson in center, Stokes advanced to third.

Mooney doubled down the third baseline scoring Stokes and Koch, 2 RBI.

LHP Ross Mitchell in to pitch for MSU.

Cone reached on a fielder’s choice, Mooney slid under a tag after a high throw for Mitchell.

Schrock flew out to right, Cone tagged up to second, two outs.

Martin singled to left scoring Mooney and Cone, 2 RBI.

Caldwell grounded to short, Martin forced out at second, three outs.

4 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

5-2 USC

BOTTOM 2ND

Holland grounded to short, one out.

Heck grounded out to third. Nice play by Arendas, two outs.

Brown grounded out to first, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

5-2 USC

TOP 3RD

Bright singled down the third base line and hit third base ump Gerard Ascani. Because it hit Ascani it saved extra bases. John Cohen out to argue.

Bright took second on a wild pitch.

Stokes singled up the middle, Bright advanced to third.

Arendas with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Bright, RBI, one out.

Koch grounded into a 1-6-3 double play, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 USC

BOTTOM 3RD

Vickerson lined out to first, one out.

Collins flew out to left, two outs.

Humphreys grounded out to short, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

6-2 USC

TOP 4TH

Mooney flew out to left, one out.

Cone hit by pitch.

Schrock homers to right, two RBI.

Martin grounded out to third, two outs.

Caldwell walked.

RHP Levi Mintz in to pitch for MSU.

Caldwell stole second.

Bright grounded out to third, three outs.

2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

8-2 USC

BOTTOM 4TH

Robson grounded out to second, one out.

Rea grounded out to second, two outs.

Gridley grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

8-2 USC

TOP 5TH

Stokes grounded out to short, one out.

Arendas struck out looking, two outs.

Koch grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

8-2 USC

BOTTOM 5TH

Holland with MSU’s fourth straight groundout to second, one out.

Heck singled to center. That’s State’s first hit since the second batter of the game.

Brown hit by pitch but after taking first, home plate ump Tony Maners called for a conference and made him come back. Cohen not happy. Heck stole second on the play. Brown ended up grounding out to second, Heck advanced to third, two outs.

Vickerson struck out swinging, three outs.

0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

8-2 USC

TOP 6TH

Mooney grounded out to third, one out.

Cone walked on a 3-2 check swing that Ascani said didn’t go around far enough.

Schrock singled through the right side, Cone advanced to third.

Martin grounded out into the shift, Cone scored, RBI. Schrock advanced to second, two outs.

Caldwell reached on an infield single to second, Schrock advanced to third.

Bright grounded out to third, three outs.

1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

9-2 USC

BOTTOM 6TH

Collins flew out to center, one out.

Humphreys grounded out to short, two outs.

Robson walked.

Rea flew out to center, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

9-2 USC

TOP 7TH

Stokes struck out swinging, one out.

Arendas struck out swinging, two outs.

Koch grounded out to second, three outs.

0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

9-2 USC

BOTTOM 7TH

Gridley singled to right.

Gridley stole second.

Holland doubled into the right field corner, Gridley scored, RBI.

Heck doubled to left scoring Holland, RBI.

RHP Cody Mincey in to pitch for USC.

Brown walked.

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

Collins flew out to center, three outs.

2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

9-4 USC

TOP 8TH

Mooney reached on a fielding error by Gridley.

Cone grounded out to first, Mooney advanced to second, one out.

Schrock reached on an infield single to second, Mooney advanced to third.

LHP Daniel Brown in to pitch for MSU.

Martin walked to load the bases.

Caldwell singled past a diving Heck at third scoring Mooney, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Bright hit by pitch forcing in Schrock, RBI. Bases still loaded.

Cohen came out to chew out Brown. He was very animated.

Talk must’ve worked. Brown threw four straight strikes and struck out Stokes, two outs.

Arendas singled to right scoring Martin and Caldwell, 2 RBI. Bright advanced to third.

Koch flew out to the warning track in left, three outs.

4 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

13-4 USC

BOTTOM 8TH

Humphreys popped out to second, one out.

Robson singled through the left side.

Rea reached on an infield single to third, Robson advanced to second.

Matt Spruill pinch running for Rea.

Gridley popped out to center, two outs.

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

0 E, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

13-4 USC

TOP 9TH

RHP Dakota Hudson in to pitch, Trent Waddell in at first for MSU.

Mooney struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch.

Cone flew out to center, one out.

Schrock singled to right, Mooney advanced to second. That’s Schrock’s fifth hit today.

Caldwell flew out to center and Schrock was doubled off first, three outs.

0  R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

13-4 USC

BOTTOM 9TH

Heck singled to left.

Brown walked, Heck advanced to second.

RHP Taylor Widener in to pitch for USC.

Vickerson singled to center scoring Heck, RBI. Brown advanced to third and Vickerson took second on a fielding error by Cone.

Collins grounded out to short, Brown scored, RBI. Vickerson advanced to third, one out.

Vickerson scored on a wild pitch.

Humphreys struck out on a check swing, two outs.

Robson grounded out to second, three outs.

3 R, 2 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

FINAL: NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 13, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 

Hits: USC 15, MSU 10

Errors: USC 1, MSU 1

WP: Brandon Murray (4-0) 5.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB

LP: Vance Tatum (3-1) 1.1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB

Leading hitters: USC – Max Schrock 5-6, HR, 2 RBI, Elliott Caldwell 2-3, 2 RBI, Madison Stokes 2-5; Marcus Mooney 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, Logan Koch 1-5, 2B; MSU – Seth Heck 3-4, 2B, RBI, Jake Vickerson 2-5, 2B, RBI, John Holland 1-4, 2B, RBI

Attendance: 7,527

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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